Rocks get the scoring started in the third inning
In the first two innings, the starting pitchers on both teams shut down the hitters as the scoreboard stayed silent. In the third inning, that would change with the Blue Rocks pushing in a run.
The bottom of the third inning started with Wilmington’s Kyle Marinconz hitting a single to left field.
Then the next two batters walked, and they were Yasel Antuna and Israel Pineda.
The bases were loaded as Jacob Rhinesmith walked up to bat, which he would ground out in a force-out, but it allowed Marinconz to score to give their team a 1-0 lead.
Wilmington scores four runs in the eighth inning to seal the win
After pitching six scoreless innings, Cole Henry’s dominant day was over as he gave up, gave up one hit, ten strikeouts, and earned the win.
Francys Peguero came into the game to relieve Henry as he went two innings, one hit, one strikeout, and earned the hold.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, the Blue Rocks hitters would help their pitching staff by adding more runs to their lead.
The action on the bases in the eighth started with Israel Pineda and Jacob Rhinesmith, each hitting a single.
Omar Meregildo would be the next batter up, which he earned a trip to first base by getting hit by a pitch.
The bases would be loaded for Andrew Pratt as he would get on base by a fielder’s choice, which allowed Pineda and Rhinesmith to score to give the Rocks a 3-0 lead in the eighth inning.
Two batters later, Armond Upshaw would hit a line-drive single to left field, which brought home Omar Meregildo and Andrew Pratt to give their team a 5-0 lead.
In the top of the ninth inning, it was up to Matt Cronin to close the door on Wilmington’s 5-0 win, which he did just that as he went one inning and three strikeouts.