Pratto’s Home Run Gives Rocks 3-2 Win Over Hillcats

( Photo: Brad Glazier)

The Wilmington Blue Rocks started off their series with the Lynchburg Hillcats with a 3-2 win on Tuesday at Frawley Stadium.

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Pratto’s home run pushed Rocks to the 3-2 win.

The RBIs in the game came from shortstop Cristian Perez (2) and first baseman Nick Pratto (1).

Two Blue Rocks players had runs in the win and they were left fielder  Tyler Hill (1) and Pratto (2).

Four Wilmington hitters gained a hit in the win and they were center fielder Kyle Isbel (1), Hill (1), Pratto (2) and Perez (1).

The Wilmington Blue Rocks were one for three with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Nick Pratto hit a solo home run in the 3-2 win.

Third baseman Kyle Kasser stole a base in the opening win of the three game series.

On the pitching side, Rocks starter Daniel Lynch battled his way through six innings in  his start on Tuesday. Lynch went six innings, five hits,two runs, two earned runs,one walk and three strikeouts.

Lynch might of been solid in this game but the bullpen was dominant for the Rocks.

Austin Lambright came into the game to relieve Lynch which he went one inning, one hit and two strikeouts.

Andrew Beckwith was the next man up from the bullpen, as he went one inning,one hit, two strikeouts and earned the win ( first of the season).

Tad Ratliff would come into the game to seal the win for the Rocks which he did just that as Ratliff went one inning,one walk, one strikeout and earned the save ( 22nd of the season).

Hillcats Score Two Runs In First Inning To Take Early Lead

Lynchburg did not waste any time getting runs on the scoreboard as the team scored two runs in the top of the first inning.

The first run for the Hillcats came when Tyler Freeman hit a ground ball single to left field which scored Steven Kwan to give their team a 1-0 lead.

The next run for the Hillcats in the inning came from Will Benson who grounded out in a force out but that would allow Freeman to score to extend Hillcats lead to 2-0.

This would be the last time the Hillcats would score a run.

The next four innings, the pitchers of both teams showed off their skills as neither lineup could muster a run across the plate.

Rocks Tie The Game Up In The Sixth Inning

It took a while for the Rocks to end their silent streak on the scoreboard but it could not have come in a better way as the team scored two runs in the sixth to tie the game up at two runs.

 

The Rocks two runs in the inning came from the bat of  Cristian Perez who would hit a ground ball single to right field which scored Tyler Hill and Nick Pratto to tie the game up at two.

The Blue Rocks starting pitcher Daniel Lynch’s day came to an end after the sixth inning but the pitcher had a solid day with only given up two early runs in the first inning.Lynch went six innings, five hits,two runs, two earned runs,one walk and three strikeouts.

The bullpen for the Rocks in this game was flat out dominant which each pitcher had their way with the Hillcats lineup.

Austin Lambright came into the game to relieve Lynch which he went one inning, one hit and two strikeouts.

Lambright would exit in the top of the eighth which made way for Andrew Beckwith who went one inning,one hit, two strikeouts and earned the win.

Pratto Hits A Solo Home Run To Bring The Win Home

In one swing of the bat the Blue Rocks would take the lead in the bottom of the eighth as Nick Pratto would hit a solo home run to give his team a 3-2 lead.

In the top of the ninth, it was all up to Rocks closer Tad Ratliff to seal the 3-2 win which he did just that as Ratliff went one inning,one walk, one strikeout and earned the save.

Rocks continue the home series with the Hillcats tomorrow at 6:35 PM ET.

 

 

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