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Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Ugly Ending: A misplayed popup in the top of the 11th inning opened the door for Wilmington, which scored three unearned runs to defeat the Salem Red Sox 10-7 on Monday in front of a chilled crowd of 1,116 at Salem Memorial Ballpark.
Who’s Got it? After the Blue Rocks (9-8) put runners on first and second with two outs in the 11th, Salem reliever Robby Scott appeared to escape the jam when he got Lane Adams to hit a high popup along the first base line.
Second baseman Jose Garcia drifted toward it, but first baseman David Renfroe was the closest to it. He appeared to misjudge the ball, which drifted back into fair territory and eluded his lunging try.
The error, charged to Renfroe, scored Geulin Beltre to give Wilmington the lead. Jorge Bonifacio followed with a two-run triple — his fourth hit of the night — to create the final margin.
Missed opportunity: The Sox (7-9) led 7-2 after the third inning but managed just five hits over the next eight frames. They stranded a pair of runners in the ninth and 10th.
Wild Night: The Sox needed only four hits to put up seven runs over the second and third innings. Wilmington starter Sam Selman, a lefty out of Vanderbilt, walked four batters, hit another and threw a wild pitch to aid the rallies.
Nick Natoli and Keury De La Cruz each contributed a two-run double for the Sox.
First time for everything: Former Virginia Tech right-hander Matt Price, making his home debut for the Sox, showed off a live arm in two innings of work.
Price hit 100 mph on the stadium gun in a 1-2-3 sixth inning. He surrendered his first Carolina League runs in the seventh when Lane Adams launched a deep two-run homer to left.
Price, an eighth round draft pick in 2010 after leading the Hokies in wins (seven) and innings (91) as a sophomore, did not pitch all of last year. He was suspended 50 games for a second violation of Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Loose Ends: Salem saw its three-game winning streak snapped … Prized Sox shortstop Deven Marrero left the game after grounding out in the fourth inning … Wilmington got two runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the ninth to tie it.
On deck: Salem LHP Henry Owens (0-1, 2.40) seeks his first Carolina League win against Wilmington RHP Aaron Brooks (0-1, 5.79) at 7:05 tonight.
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