Wild pitches cost Blue Rocks in extra innings

By Sean Greene 12:34am, May 10, 2013
VIDEO: Highlights of the game, and Vance Wilson's thoughts on his team after the loss
Blue Rocks reliever Spencer Patton's pair of 10th inning wild pitches allowed the winning Potomac run to score in a 3-2 Wilmington loss Thursday night.

Patton and starter Aaron Brooks had retired 23 straight batters before Caleb Ramsey doubled into the right field corner with 2 outs in the 10th inning.

Needing just one out to get out of the inning, Patton then fired a pair of fastballs into the dirt in front of catcher Kenny Swab that manager Vance Wilson said "had no chance to stop." The second of which allowed Ramsey to score the go-ahead run.

Jack Lopez led off the bottom of the 10th with a single for Wilmington, but a strike out, pop out, and strike out ended the inning and the game.

The loss marred a fantastic run by Wilmington's two pitchers, who combined on the 23-out streak which began with an RBI groundout by Billy Burns in the 3rd inning which tied the game at 2.

Brooks surrendered just three hits and two runs over 7 innings, his longest outing of the season. Patton pitched the final 3 innings, just giving up the one double in the 10th.

Wilmington had taken a 2-0 lead in the first off of a sacrifice fly by Jorge Bonifacio and an RBI single off the bat of Lane Adams, but could not score again the rest of the night.

The Blue Rocks begin a road trip in Frederick Friday night.

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