Rocks Start Road Trip with Loss
Kinston, NC - Wilmington Blue Rocks' (60-54/21-23) pitcher Cristian Castillo failed to make it through the fifth inning and the Down East Wood Ducks (46-68/22-23) took full advantage as they handed the Blue Rocks an 11-3 loss on Tuesday at Grainger Stadium. Castillo suffered his fifth consecutive defeat and the Blue Crew fell for the eighth time in their last nine road games. Nick Heath led the Blue Rocks offense with four hits, while Roman Collins drove in a pair in the losing cause.
Castillo allowed at least one base runner in all five of his trips to the mound. The southpaw helped his own cause by picking two guys off of first, but it was not enough. He surrendered a run in the second on a run-scoring single to shallow left by Carlos Garay. After Wilmington took a 2-1 lead in the top of third, Castillo yielded a game-tying RBI single by Luis La O in the third. Down East would again tie the game against the Blue Crew starter in the fourth on back-to-back two-out hits, including an RBI single from LeDarious Clark.
The Wood Ducks took the lead for good in the fifth. After La O drew a one-out walk, Josh Morgan singled and both runners advanced an extra base on Jose Sanchez' error in right field. Yanio Perez poked a two-run single down the right field line to give the Wood Ducks a 5-3 lead. Ti'Quan Forbes followed with a double to score another run to make it a 6-3 deficit for the Rocks. Down East blew the game open in the eighth inning when they tacked on four more runs and sent eight men to the plate to make it out of reach for Wilmington.
Kyle Cody got the win in his Advanced-A debut for Down East, holding the Blue Rocks to three runs on seven hits in five frames. The right-hander fanned six, walked two and hit one.
Wilmington scored its runs courtesy of Collins' two-run double to right-center in the third inning and Jecksson Flores' RBI-single in the fourth. That knock gave the Rocks a 3-2 lead at the time, but they squandered a golden opportunity for insurance when they left the bases loaded in that same frame. The Blue Crew also stranded a pair in scoring position in the sixth, while in the eighth, the Blue Crew loaded the bases again but was unable to capitalize.
Wilmington continues its three-game series at Down East on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. as left-hander Colin Rodgers (2-3, 3.66) gets the ball for the Blue Rocks against Down East southpaw Wes Benjamin (8-6, 4.45). Fans can listen to the game as Matt Janus and Cory Nidoh will have the call on 89.7 WGLS-FM.
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