Rocks lose lead, drop 9th straight

By Sean Greene 12:18am, July 24, 2013
The Blue Rocks held a 7-4 lead going into the bottom of the 6th inning, but back-to-back two run frames by Carolina proved just enough in an 8-7 victory over Wilmington Tuesday night.

Wilmington looked poised to snap their eight-game losing streak after pounding out three runs in both the 5th and 6th innings, but Spencer Patton (5-2) surrendered two run homers to Tyler Naquin in the 6th and Paddy Matera in the 7th which proved to be the difference.

Ethan Chapman, Jack Lopez, and Jorge Bonifacio each connected on RBI singles in the 5th inning to tie the game at 4, while Chapman added another one in the 5th inning before Justin Trapp slammed his 7th home run of the year, a 2-run shot, to give Wilmington their ill-fated 7-4 lead.

Bonifacio led off the scoring in the first inning with a sacrifice fly.

Despite the loss, Wilmington (14-17, 2nd Half) still maintains a game lead on Frederick for 2nd place in the Carolina League Northern Division race, but are now four games behind first-half champion Potomac.

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