McSharks get back on winning pathJuly 22, 2011 - Carolina League (CarL) Wilmington Blue Rocks
With the win, the Sharks push one game up on Fayetteville and now sit 1-1/2 games ahead of Morehead City after the Marlins lost at Columbia Friday.
Against Fayetteville, the Sharks used a Jake Mayers solo homer in the bottom of the seventh to take the lead in what proved to be the game winner.
The Sharks had two players tally two-hit nights, Mayers and Aaron Preston, as they only had six hits as a team in the win.
The Sharks opened the scoring in the bottom of the third inning before seeing Fayetteville tie the game in the top of the fourth. Wilmington answered with two runs in both the bottom of the fourth and fifth innings before seeing Fayetteville rally back and tie the game in the top of the sixth, paving the way for Mayer's homer.
Sharks starter Mat Batts fared well through 5-2/3 innings, striking out five, but could not get the final out of the sixth and he gave up a four-run lead and was lifted.
In the third, Preston led off the inning with a walk before advancing around the bases and scoring two batters later on Justyn Carter's single.
After Fayetteville tied the game in the top of the fourth, the Sharks regained the lead when Preston knocked a two-out, two-run double that scored Mayers and Scott Coleman.
The Sharks extended their lead in the fifth, scoring two runs off of zero hits as they were aided by Fayetteville errors, passed balls, wild pitches and a balk that brought a run in. However, the Sharks left the bases loaded to end the inning.
Fayetteville answered with four runs in the top of the sixth on four hits and one Sharks error to tie the game at 5-5 before Mayers knocked his solo homer with one out in the bottom of the seventh that just cleared the wall in left-center field.
Chris Dula (1-1) earned the win for the Sharks in 1-1/3 innings of relief as he struck out three of the four Fayetteville batters he faced.
Ross Whitley struck out one batter as part of a 1-2-3 ninth inning for his seventh save of the season.
The Sharks played Friday night's game as the Wilmington McSharks with their jerseys being auctioned off with all proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald Houses of NC.
The Sharks hit the road and travel west this weekend, first at Gastonia on Saturday night before visiting Asheboro on Sunday. Wilmington returns home on Monday night as they play a doubleheader against Florence with game one starting at 6:05.
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