Tough first inning costs Blue Rocks

By Rocks PR 11:01pm, August 21, 2014
A three-run first inning proved costly for the Blue Rocks as they fell 3-2 to Myrtle Beach in the final game of a series in South Carolina.

Myrtle Beach scored three times off of Miguel Almonte in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead, one they never relinquished. Lewis Brinson led off the frame with a single and then came around to score on a one-out homer by Preston Beck. With two outs, Christopher Bostick singled to center and then scored on an RBI double into the right-field corner by Chris Grayson.

Frank Schwindel pulled Wilmington to within 3-1 in the second inning with his second home run in as many days. It was his second career homer at the Advanced-A level and his 22nd overall this year.

A one-out RBI walk by Cody Stubbs in the sixth inning cut the Myrtle Beach lead to 3-2. Back-to-back free passes from Zane Evans and Frank Schwindel, as well as an error by third-baseman Nick Vickerson that allowed Jared Schlehuber to reach, set up Stubbs' base on balls. Daniel Rockett then grounded into a double play with the bags packed to end Wilmington's biggest threat of the night.

Luis Parra (10-6, 4.71) picked up the win for Myrtle Beach with five solid frames. He gave up one run on three hits and struck out five. Almonte (6-7, 4.80) took the loss for Wilmington and yielded three runs on four hits in three frames of work. Jose Leclerc earned his 13th save of the year for the Pelicans with a perfect ninth.

The Rocks return to action on Friday night at Salem Memorial Ballpark as they open up a four-game series against the Salem Red Sox. Wilmington will hand the ball to Brooks Pounders (0-0, 0.00), who is scheduled to make his first Blue Rocks start of the year. Salem will counter with fellow righty Heri Quevedo (1-0, 0.00). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m.

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