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    • December 2, 2014 1:15 AM EST
    • What's happening in Detroit can happen in other industries. It can happen in Cleveland and Pittsburgh and Raleigh. We can't bring back every Nike Free Run 2 job that's left our shores. Speaking to IFTN, producer Kearney said that the shoot was "shaping up nicely" and praised the local community Nike Free Run 5.0 in Co Galway. He added: "Even though there isn't much Cheap Nike Free Run Shoes of a budget, Womens Nike Free Run we're making every penny count and the locals here in Headford have really got behind the production. We're using a local shop and a big old country house and some of the locations we're shooting in are just so scenic.

    • July 5, 2014 1:47 AM EDT
    •  The Naamans' 10yo All-Stars opened the tournament with a 15-5 victory of Capitol in five innings at Heeney Field. Down 5-1, Naamans responded with a 3 in the third, 4 in the fourth, and 7 in the fifth.

       Naamans racked up 17 hits, including Kenyon Motley's first career HR high into the arborvitaes in left center, an inside-the-parker by Jacob LaPerle, and doubles by Connor Campbell, Harrison Fletcher, John Brooks, and Nick Gray.

       Harrison Fletcher and John Brooks racked up 9 strikeouts in the win.

       

      Little League News for 7-5-14 

      Naamans Blk (W) 10  vs Newark National Blue (L) 6

      Naamans Black All Star Team came from behind twice on its way to a 10-6 victory over the Newark National Blue Team at the Brandywine Invitational Tournament at Dyer Field. The highlight of the game came in the 4th inning with the Black Team down by a score of 5-4, bases loaded and a Grand Slam Home Run by Conor Hill allowed the team to take a lead they would not relinquish. Jeff DiSalvio picked up the victory.

      Canal Gold (L)0 vs Naaman Blk (W) 10 

      Led by Chase Golden’s 5 RBIs and Nate Donahue’s perfect 4 for 4 at the plate Naamans Black pounded their way to a 10-0 victory over Canal Gold tonight at Dyer Field.
       
      District III 9-10 Year old Girls Softball Tournament 

      Georgetown 10, Laurel 5

      Highlights: Skylar Webb had two RBIs while Rebecca Smith had a two-run double and Jasmine Hundley had an RBI for Georgetown. Paige Tidwell pitched a two-hitter to get the win.

      In addition to the offensive outburst, Pitchers James Wade and Adam Tommer combined on a 2 hitter with Wade pitching the first 2 innings striking out 3 and Tommer going the rest of the way with 5 strikeouts.

       

       

      BASEBALL

      CAL RIPKEN/BABE RUTH

      16-18 YO

      Sunday: CAL 9, Piedmont Tigers 3

      Highlights: Dean Herrick pitched a complete game, striking out 12 and allowing 3 hits.

      Monday: Piedmont Tigers 5, Piedmont Blue 2

      At Valley Road, Hockessin

      Highlights: Ryan Wood went the first five innings for the Tigers, allowing just one hit. Scott Davis closed the game out for the Tigers, allowing two hits over the last two innings. Spencer Hall went 2 for 3 for the Tigers while shortstop Jeff Davis accounted for eight of the 21 outs.

      10U State Tournament

      Championship, Sunday

      Bear 10, Piedmont 0

      Bear Babe Ruth 3 5 2 0 0 0 —10

      Piedmont Babe Ruth 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0

      WP: Monigle. LP: Norris

      Highlights: Piedmont moves on to the regionals in Clifton Park, N.Y.

      12U State Tournament

      Sunday: Piedmont Warriors 16,

      Greater Newark 2

      2B: P-Ford (2), Perrone

      3B:P-Crowley

      HR: GN-Santini, P-Craig (2)

      Sunday: Bear 13,

      Piedmont Spartans 6 (7 inn.)

      2B: B-Blunt, P-Muzzi

      HR: B-Hoffman, P-Kellar

      AMERICAN LEGION

      Sunday: Delaware Post One 11,

      Milford Post Three 0 (Game 1)

      Milford Post 3 0 0 0 0 0—0 1 3

      Delaware Post 1 1 2 0 8 x — 11 7 0

      P3 Burgos, Wisner (3), Clark (4) and Hurd. P1 Cooney & Refner

      2B: P1-Berta, Collette

      3B: P1-Dunning

      Highlights Zach Cooney threw a one hitter with 8 strikeouts. Mike Dunning was 2 for 4 with a bases-clearing triple.

      Sunday: Delaware Post One 14,

      Milford Post Three 1 (Game 2)

      Delaware Post 1 2 7 2 3 0 — 14 1 0

      Milford Post 3 0 0 0 0 1 —1 3 2

      P3 Reed, Parsons (2), Cane (4) and Wisner. P1 McCracken, Paraskiewicz (4) Harris (5) and Fagan

      2B: P3-Parsons; P1-Fagan, Swain

      Highlights: Zach Swain went 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs.

      Little League

      District 2 Major Tournament

      Brandywine 11, Capitol 1

      New Castle 14, Suburban 5

      SOFTBALL

      District 2 Major Tournament

      Championship game

      Canal 13, Suburban 9

      Highlights: Jazmin Haman’s two-out hit broke an 8-8 tie in the bottom of the fourth. Harman had three RBIs on the night. Nadia Bedford and Kacie Noonan combined on the mound for Canal. Bedford had two hits and four RBIs while Alyssa Noonan had two hits and three runs scored for Canal, which will play in the State Tournament starting Thursday night at New Castle Little League.

      Naamans Blk (W) 10  vs Newark National Blue (L) 6

      Naamans Black All Star Team came from behind twice on its way to a 10-6 victory over the Newark National Blue Team at the Brandywine Invitational Tournament at Dyer Field. The highlight of the game came in the 4th inning with the Black Team down by a score of 5-4, bases loaded and a Grand Slam Home Run by Conor Hill allowed the team to take a lead they would not relinquish. Jeff DiSalvio picked up the victory.

      Canal Gold (L)0 vs Naaman Blk (W) 10 

      Led by Chase Golden’s 5 RBIs and Nate Donahue’s perfect 4 for 4 at the plate Naamans Black pounded their way to a 10-0 victory over Canal Gold tonight at Dyer Field.

      In addition to the offensive outburst, Pitchers James Wade and Adam Tommer combined on a 2 hitter with Wade pitching the first 2 innings striking out 3 and Tommer going the rest of the way with 5 strikeouts.

      Naamans Blk (W) 17 vs Canal Blue(L) 11

       

      In a game between the last two undefeated teams in the A Bracket, Naamans Black overpowered Canal Blue 17-11 in a slugfest this morning at Dyer Field.  After jumping out to a 9-1 lead in the top of the third, Canal Blue showed why they too were undefeated clawing their way back to not only tie the game in the bottom of the third but to take the lead 11-9.  In the 5th Naamans Black pulled within one at 11-10 when Adam Tommer singled home James Wade who had walked and made it to third on some heads up base running. In the top of the sixth Sean Brady led off the 7 run explosion and with the bases loaded, Nate Donahue singled in two runs.  Tommer’s Sacrifice Fly to Center brought in another and consecutive RBIs by Conner Rock and Conor Hill capped off the rally.  Pitchers Nate Donahue, Jeff DiSalvio and Adam Tommer combined for 10 Strike Outs.

       

       

       

       

       

    • July 3, 2014 8:57 AM EDT
    • I like Newark National

    • June 30, 2014 4:32 PM EDT
    • Who do you think will win the Delaware Majors Division Championship? Want to see what everyone out their thinks? We have the brackets up for District 3 & District 2. We will be receiving scores from District 1 as the games are played. So you can follow 302sports througout the whole state tournament. 

      So who wins the state & their districts??

       

    • December 2, 2014 1:14 AM EST
    • The second Trx Workouts half was all Elmira as the men led by double digits for most of the final 20 minutes of play. The Highlanders were able to cut it to a nine point game, 65 56, with 7:07 to play, Trx Exercises but the Soaring Eagles responded with 17 6 run over the next five minutes to Trx Training break open a 20 point Suspension Training advantage. EC was able to cruise over the final two minutes of play to the 89 68 victory..

    • July 8, 2014 7:02 AM EDT
    • Naamans Blk (W) 10  vs Newark National Blue (L) 6

      Naamans Black All Star Team came from behind twice on its way to a 10-6 victory over the Newark National Blue Team at the Brandywine Invitational Tournament at Dyer Field. The highlight of the game came in the 4th inning with the Black Team down by a score of 5-4, bases loaded and a Grand Slam Home Run by Conor Hill allowed the team to take a lead they would not relinquish. Jeff DiSalvio picked up the victory.

      Canal Gold (L)0 vs Naaman Blk (W) 10 

      Led by Chase Golden’s 5 RBIs and Nate Donahue’s perfect 4 for 4 at the plate Naamans Black pounded their way to a 10-0 victory over Canal Gold tonight at Dyer Field.

      In addition to the offensive outburst, Pitchers James Wade and Adam Tommer combined on a 2 hitter with Wade pitching the first 2 innings striking out 3 and Tommer going the rest of the way with 5 strikeouts.

       

      Naamans Blk (W) 17 vs Canal Blue(L) 11

       

      In a game between the last two undefeated teams in the A Bracket, Naamans Black overpowered Canal Blue 17-11 in a slugfest this morning at Dyer Field.  After jumping out to a 9-1 lead in the top of the third, Canal Blue showed why they too were undefeated clawing their way back to not only tie the game in the bottom of the third but to take the lead 11-9.  In the 5th Naamans Black pulled within one at 11-10 when Adam Tommer singled home James Wade who had walked and made it to third on some heads up base running. In the top of the sixth Sean Brady led off the 7 run explosion and with the bases loaded, Nate Donahue singled in two runs.  Tommer’s Sacrifice Fly to Center brought in another and consecutive RBIs by Conner Rock and Conor Hill capped off the rally.  Pitchers Nate Donahue, Jeff DiSalvio and Adam Tommer combined for 10 Strike Outs.

       

    • July 7, 2014 12:17 AM EDT
    • DE Post 1 - 11, Milford Post 3 - 0 (5)
      Zach Cooney threw a one hitter  with 8 K’s to lead Delaware Post 1 to a 11-0 win. Mike Dunning was 2-4 with a bases clearing triple, Richie Refner was 2-3 with two runs scored. Milford’s lone hit was by Will Cane in the top of the 5th inning.

      DE Post 1 - 14, Milford Post 3 - 1 (5)
      Mike McCraken, Jake Paraskiewicz and Patrick Harris combined to hold Milford Post 3 to 3 hits and one run. Zach Swain was 2-4 with 3 RBI’s and Seth Collette had a pair of hits with two runs scored. Parsons had a double to score Waters for Milford.

      Games 7/5
      R.C. DuPont Post 18 - 3, Fox Post 2 - 1
      Post 2 took an early lead in the first inning with a lead off single by Jenkins who scored on a 1 out single by Killen. RC responded in the bottom of the first inning with a lead off single by Gilbert Peralta and scored on the RBI double by Luca Stanchi. 

      RC DuPont scored 2 more runs in the third inning off 3 singles and a sacrifice fly. RC DuPont was led offensively by Peralta who was 2 for 2 with a walk, Zach Roseman who was 2 for 3 with a RBI. Post 2 was led offensively by Lee Killen who was 3 for 4 and Nick Spadafino who was 2 for 4. RC was led on the mound by Joe Voge who threw a complete game scattering 8 singles and striking out 5 over 7 innings.

      Post 2 pitcher Gabe Rivera took the loss throwing a complete game scattering 7 hits striking out 3 and giving up 2 earned runs. 

      Fox Post 2 - 5, R.C. DuPont Post 18 - 3
      Post 2 scored a first inning run off Nick Spadafino's RBI double. RC DuPont scored 3 runs in the 2nd inning off a couple walks and a RBI single by Gilbert Peralta. Post 2 tied up the game in the top of the 5th inning with back to back RBI singles by Lee Killen and Garrett Lawson. 

      Both teams were held scoreless until the top of the 9th inning when Travis Dill had a lead off single followed by a double by Nick Spadafino. The first run of the inning scored on a bases loaded walk to Jefferson and the second with a sac fly by Yamero. Post 2 was led offensively by Nick Spadafino who was 4 for 5 with 2 doubles 2 runs scored and 2 RBI's. Lee Killen and and Garrett Lawson both had 2 hits and Travis Dill had a single with 2 runs scored. RC was led offensively by Gilbert Peralta who was 1 for 1 with a RBI and 2 HBP. Trevor jump had a single and Brett Hillsgrove reached base with a walk and a HBP. 

      Post 2 starting pitcher Nick Spadafino received a no decision giving up 2 hits over 6 innings giving up 1 earned run, 5 walks and striking out 8. Sean Poole got the win pitching 3 innings of no hit baseball striking out 2 and one HBP. Post 18 starter Jimmy Lamiet went 4 and 2/3 giving up 5 hits and striking out 2. Owen Wilhelm came in the 5th inning giving up a 2 out single which scored 2 inherited runners and kept Post 2 hitless through the 6th. Brett Hillsgrove came in the 7th inning and pitched 2 scoreless innings striking out 2. Brett Nordmeyer pitched the 9th inning giving up 2 runs and 2 hits taking the loss for Post 18.

      Games 7/4
      Stahl Post 30 - 3, R.C. DuPont Post 18 - 0
      Tyler Novak knocked in two runs with a double in the 4th inning and Lonnie Funderbuck added an rbi single in the 5th. That was all the runs Brendon walter  needed to get the win as he struckout eight while allowing 4  hits

      Games 7/2
      Delvets Post 1 - 1, Durney Post 27 - 0
      Game suspended in 3rd inning due to weather
      DE Post 1 - 2, Post 10 Generals - 0
      Game Suspended in 2nd inning.
       
      Game 7/1
      Middletown Post 25 - 7, Post 6 Patriots 4
      Middletown Post 25 took advantage of the Patriot's pitching early, scoring 3 in the first and 4 in the 3rd inning to jump out to an early 7-0 lead. Ryan Zwier started it off for Post 25, with a 2 run double in the first, followed by Chad Bell's RBI single.

      In the 3rd, 5 walks and a timely single led to 4 runs until Kole Hearn relieved starter Cody Wilkerson and got the last 2 outs in the inning. The Patriots answered with a couple of runs on walks and singles after Justin Monroe-Green doubled with one out, then scored on Trent Hearn's single. Caine Collins singled and eventually scored - it was now 7-2 Middletown.

      The Pats threatened in the 5th, but the Middletown infield of Stevens, Clemmons and Taylor turned a timely double play and Cole Collins struck out to end the inning. Trent Hearn tripled to start the 7th, and scored but it was too little too late as Middletown pounded out 7 hits (and the Pats committed 4 errors with 7 walks) to never give up the lead.

      For Middletown, Dominic DiSabatino batted 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Zwier scored twice and batted 1 for 1 with 2 RBI's. Kyle Tomlin got the win in relief of Garret Maniatis who scattered 6 hits in 4 innings. Cody Wilkerson took the loss for the Pats.   

      Stahl Post 30 - 6, DE Post 1 - 2

      David Summerfield knocked in 2 runs with a triple and Logan Gilbert had an rbi double. Mike McCracken had an RBI single for post 1. Gilbert got the win, Dunning took the loss.


      Fox Post 2 - 10, Milford Post 3 -0
      Fox Post beat Milford 11-0 in 6 innings on Tuesday evening.  Milford committed 6 errors which lead to 6 unearned runs.  Fox Post took advantage of 4 first inning errors, allowing 4 unearned runs to take the early lead and coast to the victory.  Connor Chasanov pitched 5 shutout innings, allowing 2 hits, with 8 K's.  The Fox Post defense helped Chasanov by turning 2 inning ending double plays in the 2nd and 4th innings to shut down any would be Milford rallies. Nick Spadafino came on in relief in the sixth allowing 1 hit and 2K's.  On offense Fox Post had 7 different players collect hits with Killen leading the way going 3 for 3.

      Jan Parson, Ethan Hurd, and Joseph Lust collected hits for Milford.

      Post 10 Generals - 9, DelVets Post 1 - 5

      R.C. DuPont Post 18 -14  , Durney Post 27 - 6
      RC DuPont scored 14 runs on 14 hits led by Zack Roseman who was 4 for 4 on the day with 3 RBI's and 3 runs scored. Billy Vernon had 2 doubles with 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored. Gilbert Peralta was 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored. 
      Durney post 27 was led on offense by Phillips who was 2 for 4 and Bartlett who was 1 for 2 with 3 runs scored. 

      Joe Brady picked up the win for RC pitching 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs on 6 hits. Sean Tremel took the loss throwing 2 innings and striking out 3 batters. Boc and Reyes threw in relief for Durney.

      Games 6/30
      Stahl Post 30 - 3, Middletown Post 25 - 0
      Tyler Newton got it done on the mound on the way to a win. He tossed seven innings of shutout ball. Newton struck out five, walked one and gave up two hits. Tommy Spagnola was charged with the loss.

      Stahl didn't relinquish the lead after scoring three runs in the fifth inning when it scored on an RBI double by Mike Hand and a two-run single from Logan Gilbert.


      Games 6/29
      Delvets Post 1 - 16, Milford Post 3 - 1 (5)
      Ryan Bacher pitched 4 innings with a one hit shutout. Eric Moore closed for DelVets, Max Carney went 4 for 4 with one double and 4 RBI's Austin Coughinhour went 2 for 2 with a double. Matt Fullerton with a double and 3 RBI's, Sean Deely was 1 for 1 with 3 RBI's 
      Durney Post 27 - 6, Post 6 Patriots - 0
      Tyler Lasako pitched a 4 hit shutout with 7 strikeouts to beat the Post 6 Patriots on Sunday afternoon.

      5 errors by the Patriots led to 4 unearned runs, but only Cody Wilkerson (2 for 3) had a multi-hit day for the Pats. The game was close until the 5th when Durney's Kyle Phillips stole home, followed by Jake Bartlett scoring on a wild pitch. In the Sixth, with the score 3-0, Durney scored 3 more unearned runs on 3 fielding errors by the Patriots.

      Eric Wharton took the loss for Post 6, allowing only 4 hits and striking out 4. 

      Game 1: Fox Post 2 - 12, Post 10 Generals - 0 (6)
      Scattering 8 hits across 6 innings and capitalizing on errors by the Generals, Fox Post 2 continued it's strong offense today rallying to a 12-0 win in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader.   Lee Killen recorded a double for Fox Post with the Generals Kevin Coleman and Drake Rivera recording the only hits of the game for Post 10.  

      Brett Marien was the losing pitcher with Travis Dill recording the win striking out 7 

      Game 2: Fox Post 2 - 4, Post 10 Generals - 2
      The Generals started game 2 strong being the first to score with Tommy Freeland's double plating Dante DeAscanis who led off the inning with a single to center field. Tommy advanced on errors to score the 2nd run for the Generals. 
      Post 2 fired back at the top of the 4th inning tying the game with an error in center field finding Killen safe at 1st base and a solid line drive by Spangler scoring the 1st run. Spangler later scored run number 2 with the RBI single by TJ Jefferson.  

      The Generals were unable to plate any additional runs for the game with Post 2 taking the lead in the top of the 5th with an additional run scored by Spadafino after his line drive double to left field.  Coming to the mound in relief, Tommy Freeland is the losing pitcher for the Generals with the win going to Gabe Rivera.  

    • July 3, 2014 1:29 AM EDT
    • Games 6/28
      Game 1 - Post 10 Generals - 2, Post 6 Patriots 0
      Andrew Reich did it all for the Generals, pitching an 8 strikeout, 2 hit shutout and batting 2 for 2 with a single and a home run as Post 10 won the first of 2 in Seaford.

      Kole Hearn had both of Post 6's hits including a double, and Taylor Baynum struck out 7, but took the complete game loss.

      Game 2 - Post 10 Generals - 4, Post 6 Patriots 3 (9)
      The Post 6 Patriot bats came alive in the 2nd game as Wyatt Richardson with a double and Cole Collins both batted 3 for 5, leading the team to 10 hits but the Post 10 pitchers scattered the 10 hits, turned a timely double play, and held the Pats to 3 runs.

      With the score tied 2-2 in the 6th, Cole Collins was thrown out at the plate, and the Generals put up 2 more runs in the 9th on a series of walks and fielder's choice plays. The Pats answered with 1 in the bottom of the 9th, but with 2 on, Collins grounded to short for the final out.

      Eric Wharton pitched the 9th for the Pats and took the loss. Troy Thomas pitched 5 innings with 8 K's and allowed 2 runs, and Conner Knight came in for the final 4 innings and got the win.

      Durney Post 27 - 8, Milford Post 3 - 2

      Durney beat Milford 8-2 on Saturday as Post 3 fell apart defensively committing 4 errors, and yielding 5 runs on passed balls, throwing errors back to the pitcher and offline pick off throws.   Durney reached base on 7 hits, 4 walks and a hit batsman in addition to Milford's fielding woes. 

      Milford had its chances in the fourth after loading the bases on three walks, but did not score. Both of Milford's runs (unearned) came in the 5th inning on back to back errors in the bottom of the 5th, but couldn't capitalize further as it left the bases loaded again in the 5th. 

      Matt Trincia got the win today pitching 5 2/3 strong innings. Moises Reyes came on in relief and retired the last seven batters. Jake Bartlett and Moises Reyes had 2 hits apiece.

      Games 6/26
      Stahl Post 30 - 10, Post 10 Generals - 1
      Tyler Novak and Logan Gilbert each had 2 rbi's with Gilbert and Lonnie Funderbuck each scoring 2 runs for Stahl Post. Morton scored the lone run for Post 10

      Durney Post 27 - 2, DE Post 1 - 1
      Durney’s Sean Tremel and Tyler Lasako combined pitching a two hit win. Sean pitched 5 inning allowing two hits and one run. Tyler came in the fifth inning and closed out the game not allowing a hit.

      Durney’s winning run came in the top of the 7th inning with 2 outs when Jason Elliott scored as Kyle Phillips attempting to steal second,  Post 1’s pitcher balked. Durney’s Moises Reyes had the only extra base hit.


      Fox Post 2 - 11, Post 6 Patriots - 10
      The Patriots pounded out 10 runs on 17 hits, but left the bases loaded 3 times while Post 2 kept pace using errors, walks and good base running to eventually pass the Patriots on a couple of runs scored on wild pitches.

      Wyatt Richardson homered for Post 6 batted 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs. Nick Spadafino homered for Fox Post 2, batting 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs and 2 runs scored. T.J. Jefferson recorded 2 doubles , 3 RBI's and 2 runs scored in the game. For Post 6, Eric Wharton batted 5 for 5 with 2 RBIs and 2 runs scored and brothers Caine and Cole Collins both batted 2 for 3 with 1 run scored

      Seth Brosius got the win in relief for Fox Post 2, Brian Spangler recorded a save. Bruce Mosley took the loss for the Patriots.

      Post 25 Middletown - 10, Milford Post 3 - 1
      Post 25 put together 11 hits,  Ryan Zwier went 2 for 2 with 3 RBI, Dominic DiSabatino went 2 for 3, Rob Pitroli went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI. Post 3 only run came on a HR by C. Reed.

      Delvet Post 1 - 7, R.C. DuPont Post 18 - 3
      RC DuPont took an early lead in the bottom of the first with 3 hits to start the inning, a double by Gilbert Peralta a single by Austin Horstmeyer and a RBI single by Mike Forwood. Horstmeyer scored later in the inning on a fielders choice. 

      In the top of the 3rd inning Delvets played 4 runs with 4 singles and batting 8 hitters in the inning. RC DuPont responded in the bottom of the third inning with a solo home run by Mike Forwood. Delvets scored 2 more runs in the 6th inning off 1 hit and a couple of defensive miscues by RC. 

      In the 7th inning Max Carney had a triple with 1 out and scored on the two out double by Tim Parks. Sean Deely settled in after the first few innings going the distance scattering 10 hits and striking out 5. Joe Voge took the loss for RC going 5 plus innings giving up 3 earned runs and striking out 6, Jimmy Lamiet came in relief and gave up 1 earned run over 2 innings.

      Games 6/25

      Fox Post 2 - 5, Stahl Post 30 - 2
      Fox Post beat Stahl Post 5 to 2. Stahl Post took early lead scoring 1 run in top 1st and in the bottom of the inning Fox Post came right back with 2 runs. Nick Spadafino winning pitcher with 6 K's and 1 earned run. Seth Brosius and Kyle Mace had two hits each for Fox Post. Tyler William triple and Tyler Newton 2 hits for Stahl Post

      Post 25 Middletown - 8, Durney Post 27 - 2
      Kyle Tomlin went 2-3 and Ryan Zwier went1-3 with a triple with 2 RBI's. Shane Feehery was the winning pitcher.

      R.C. DuPont Post 18 - 6, Post 6 Patriots - 3
      D.J. Burns batted 3 for 3 with 3 RBI's and Brett Hallsgrove pitched a 3 hitter to lead the R.C DuPont team over the Post 6 Patriots in Seaford Wednesday.

      R.C. scored 3 unearned runs in the 3rd inning to take the lead, and even after the Patriots answered with 2, the score was 3-2. R.C. Scored again in 5th, as Burns collected his 3rd RBI. The Pats answered with Bruce Mosely's 2nd run scored, but Hallsgrove kept the Pats off the scoreboard the rest of the game. Russell Davis collected an RBI on a double in the 6th inning to end the scoring.

      The game was also marked by 4 errors for R.C. and 1 for the Patriots, but both teams also turned 2 double plays. Kole Hearn took the loss for Post 6.

      Games 6/24
      Stahl Post 30 - 9, Delvets Post 1 - 3
      Campbell pitched a complete game to pick up the win for Stahl Post. Lonnie Funderbuck hit a 2 run homer and scored 2 runs for Stahl, Williams had 2 hits including a double, Summerfield had 2 doubles, Logan Gilbert had 3 hits and Walter had 2 hits including a double for Stahl. 

      Delvets had a Solo Homer by Max Carney and he ended the day with 2 hits total, Chris Scorziello had a double and pitched the final 3 2/3 innings in relief only giving up 1 unearned run for Delvets.

      Post 10 Generals - 12, Durney Post 27 - 2
      Durney held the Generals to 2 runs thru 5 innings with Lasako striking out 7 batters before a 6th inning home run by CJ Morton fired up the Generals.  Post 10 SS Tommy Freeland was 5 for 5 with 3 triples and 2 singles with teammate Andrew Reich also recording a triple for the evening.    

      Phillips led off the bottom of the 6th with a double to attempt to start a rally for Durney but it wasn't enough and Post 10 was able to hold Durney to only 2 runs scored.  Michael Cipola pitched a complete game for the Generals allowing 6 hits and striking out 10 batters.

      Games 6/23
      Delvets Post 1 - 11, Post 10 Generals - 6:
      After falling behind 4-2 early in the game, Delvets had a powerful 5th inning taking the lead and continuing to increase the gap defeating the Generals 11-6 tonight.  

      Delvets Max Carney, Timmy Parks, Matt Smith, and Shane Linkhurst recorded doubles with Shane Linkhurst going 3 for 3 with 3 RBIs and drawing a walk to have a perfect on base evening.  For the Generals, lead off Kevin Coleman also had a perfect on base evening going 2-2 with 2 walks. Tommy Freeland recorded a double with Andrew Reich, Brett Marien, Hunter Rivera and Anthony Zicarelli recording hits for the Generals.

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    • October 6, 2014 12:35 AM EDT
    • From: "Matt Janus via RocksMedia"
      To: Rocksmedia@lists.skiltech.com
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      Subject: [Rocks Media] Former Blue Rocks Lift Kansas City Royals To ALCS

       

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      Former Rocks Lift Royals To ALCS

      Eric Hosmer And Mike Moustakas Excel As Five Former Rocks See Action In ALDS Clincher

       

      Wilmington, DE– Thanks in no small part to a handful of former Wilmington Blue Rocks, the Kansas City Royals are headed to the American League Championship Series.  Kansas City capped off a three-game sweep of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS on Sunday with an 8-3 triumph.  Five Wilmington alums appeared in the clincher with Eric Hosmer (2009-10) and Mike Moustakas (2009) each enjoying big nights.

       

      The duo both hit their second home run of the series on Sunday.  Moustakas' solo shot came in the sixth.  His other postseason homer put the Royals ahead to stay in the 11th inning of Game One of the ALDS on Thursday.  The third baseman became the first Blue Crewer in more than a decade to hit at least 15 dingers in a single season during the '09 campaign. He batted .251 with 16 long balls, 86 RBIs and 32 doubles in 129 games for a club that came one win shy of reaching the Mills Cup Championship Series. Hosmer's two-run blast came in the third frame. It was that type of power which helped the then-20-year-old Hosmer to capture a Carolina League batting crown while with the Rocks in 2010. That season he finished with a .354 average, 29 doubles and 51 RBIs.

       

      Other former Blue Crewers that appeared in the game on Sunday included Salvador Perez (2010), Jarrod Dyson (2008 and '10) and Kelvin Herrera (2011).  Danny Duffy (2009 and 2010), Brandon Finnegan (2014), Terrance Gore (2014) and Yordano Ventura (2012) were on Kansas City's postseason roster and made earlier appearances in the series, but did not play on Sunday.

       

      Entering the week Kansas City had not appeared in a playoff game in 29 years. Now it has won four of them in a six-day span. The latest victory advanced the Royals to the ALCS, where they will face the Baltimore Orioles.  The best-of-seven series begins on Friday at Camden Yards.

      The Blue Rocks, who drew 278,316 fans to Frawley Stadium in 2014 and averaged more than 4,300 patrons per game, have released their schedule for the 2015 season.  The campaign will begin on the road at Myrtle Beach on Thursday, April 9.  After a seven-game road trip concludes, the Rocks will return to Wilmington for their Home Opener against the Frederick Keys on Thursday, April 16.  It will be the first of 70 games at Frawley Stadium in 2015. The team will release game times and ticket information for the 2015 campaign later in the offseason. Season seat packages are available now.  Fans should call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com for more information.

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    • August 30, 2014 1:13 AM EDT
    • [Rocks Media] Manaea Hurls Masterpiece In 2-0 Win Over Nationals

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      Manaea Hurls Masterpiece In 2-0 Win Over Nationals

      Victory Keeps Rocks 1.5 Games Behind Lynchburg, Half-Game Behind Frederick

       

      Wilmington, DE – Sean Manaea threw seven shutout innings and struck out a career-high 12, leading the Wilmington Blue Rocks to a 2-0 victory over the Potomac Nationals. With the win, Wilmington improved to 31-34 in the second half and to 64-69 overall. They were also able to keep up with Lynchburg and Frederick in the Wild Card chase. With four games to play, the Rocks sit 1.5 games behind the Hillcats and a half-game behind the Keys. 

       

      Manaea carved through the Potomac lineup from the opening pitch of the ballgame and punched out four of the first five hitters he faced.  He also ended his evening by striking out two of his final three batters. Manaea yielded just three hits in his seven frames of work and, for only the second time this season, he did not issue a single free pass. Seventy of Manaea’s 98 pitches were thrown for strikes.

       

      Raul Mondesi’s RBI groundout to second helped the Blue Rocks crack the scoreboard and take a 1-0 lead. Jack Lopez tripled into the left-field corner to lead off the frame and came plateward on Mondesi’s groundout despite the fact that Potomac had brought the infield in. Lopez broke on contact and then froze to get a read on the ball. He momentarily leaned back toward third base, fooling Tony Renda into thinking he would retreat. The speedy infielder never did, though, and Renda fired to first to retire Mondesi as Lopez sprinted home safely with the first run of the ballgame.

       

      Jared Schlehuber homered down the line in left to lead off the ninth inning, providing the Blue Crew with a crucial insurance run. 

       

      Manaea (7-8, 3.11) was victorious for Wilmington while Ian Dickson (5-9, 4.37) suffered the defeat for Potomac. Kyle Bartsch earned his seventh save of the year with two shutout frames to close out the ballgame.

      The Rocks return to action on Saturday for a doubleheader as they welcome the Salem Red Sox to town for four games. Wilmington will send right-hander Glenn Sparkman (8-2, 1.40) to the mound in the opener and fellow righty Luis Santos to the hill in the nightcap. First pitch is slated for 5:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM.

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      Sean Manaea’s final start of the regular season may have been his best. The southpaw threw seven spectacular shutout innings against Potomac, yielding just three hits and no walks. It was only the second time this year that Manaea did not issue a free pass. The talented lefty struck out 12 and threw 70 of his 98 pitches for strikes. Manaea’s 12 punchouts are both a career-high and a Blue Rocks individual season-high. Since the All-Star Break, he is 5-3 with a 1.96 ERA in 13 starts. He has struck out 79, walked 29 and given up 45 hits in 73.1 innings pitched. Manaea has had his fair share of dominant starts after the break. On August 13, he threw a seven-inning complete-game shutout in the opener of a doubleheader against the Frederick Keys. Two starts prior to that one, on August 2, Manaea worked 7.1 shutout innings against the Keys. It is still the longest outing by a Blue Crew pitcher in 2014. On the campaign, the 6-foot-5 hurler is 7-8 with a 3.11 ERA in 25 starts. He has fanned 146, walked 54 and given up 102 hits in 121.2 innings pitched. His 146 strikeouts lead the Carolina League while his 3.11 ERA ranks fourth in the circuit.

       

      After shutting out the P-Nats on Thursday and Friday, the Blue Rocks now have a league-best 16 shutout victories. Wilmington is now 16-7 in shutouts this year. The Salem Red Sox are second in the circuit with 10 blankings. The Rocks have now also thrown back-to-back shutouts on four occasions this season. They also accomplished the feat April 11-12 against Winston-Salem, May 27-28 at Carolina and August 13 in both ends of a doubleheader against Frederick. Sean Manaea, who threw seven shutout frames and struck out 12, has been involved in four of the Blue Crew’s 16 shutout wins. Wilmington has now shut out Potomac four times, Frederick four times, Winston-Salem four times, Carolina three times and Salem once. 

       

      After going hitless in six of his first games with the Blue Rocks this year, Brett Eibner has now recorded multi-hit performances in each of his last two contests. Eibner went 2-for-3 with a stolen base on Friday. That followed up a 3-for-4 performance on Thursday in which he doubled, scored run and drove in a run. During those first eight games with the club, Eibner went just 2-for-26, good for a .077 batting average. He now has five hits in his last seven at-bats. Eibner's back-to-back big nights raised his average 135 points to .212. Eibner’s on-base percentage is even higher at .366. That's because of eight walks in his first 10 games back. On August 23, he drew four walks, tying a franchise record and setting a new individual Blue Rocks season-high. He was the first Blue Rock to walk four times in a game since Jeff Corsaletti drew four free passes on July 4, 2006. Eibner began the year with Triple-A Omaha, was placed on the Storm Chasers' Disabled List on June 27 with a right-abdominal strain. He rejoined the Blue Rocks this month for the first time since 2012 to work his way back from the injury. In his first stint with Wilmington, Eibner batted .196 with 15 homers in 120 games.

      Blue Rocks starting pitcher Brooks Pounders was announced as the winner of Minor League Baseball's annual Moniker Madness contest on Friday. In Moniker Madness, fans are asked to vote on which player has the best name in the game. Previous winners have included Sicnarf Loopstok in 2013, Rock Shoulders in 2012 and Seth Schwindenhammer in 2011. Pounders, who in two starts for the Blue Rocks is 0-1 with a 3.09 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched, is on the road to recovery after undergoing surgery late last year. His 2014 campaign began in July at Rookie-Level Idaho Falls, where he went 0-1 with a 4.80 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. Former Blue Rock Rowdy Hardy was the champion in 2010. Two other Blue Rocks also finished in the top-15 in voting. Zeb Sneed placed 11th while Bubba Starling was voted as the 13th-best name in the Minors.

      The Professional Baseball Strength & Conditioning Coaches Society announced on Friday that Wilmington's Joey Greany has been named the Carolina League's Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year. Greany is in his first season with the Blue Rocks and in his seventh year with the Kansas City Royals organization. Greany has worked as high as Triple-A Omaha during his seven seasons with Kansas City. Greany is now a three-time Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year. He first won the award in the Texas League while working with the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals during the 2011 campaign. Greany was also named the South Atlantic League's Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2013 while with the Low-A Lexington Legends. During the baseball offseason, Greany uses his expertise in other ways. Last year, he performed consulting work for the NYPD. Greany is also a Fitness Contributor to Dr. Oz's ShareCare.com and StackMedia.com. The longtime coach played collegiately at Alfred State College in Alfred, New York, and at Martin Methodist College in Pulaski, Tennessee. He is a member of the Alfred State College Athletic Hall of Fame. Greany holds a Bachelor's degree in physical education from Martin Methodist and a master's degree in exercise science from California University of Pennsylvania.

      THEY SAID IT:

      Bench Coach Justin Gemoll:

      Jack [Lopez] had a huge hit with that triple down the line right there to put some pressure on them. [Raul] Mondesi had a great at-bat, just fouling off pitches. He puts the ball in play and Jack [Lopez] did a very good job of heads up base running and stealing that run there that put us ahead.”

      “Late in the game like that, in a one run game any time you get insurance is a huge bonus. It was a full count, the guy left a pitch up out over the plate and he [Jared Schlehuber] put a great swing on it and he got it down there over the fence in left for a homerun that was huge for us.”

      “For me, [Sean Manaea] was dominating. I think he had twelve strikeouts and two hits, but the thing that really stood out, no walks. He was attacking hitters with his fastball, he was getting ahead of them and putting them away with his slider. [Cam] Gallagher did a great job calling the game but Manaeahats off to him. He’s been working hard all year and tonight you got a glimpse of how good this kid can be. For me, yes (it was his best start of the year). He was in total control, he had his pitches down, he was getting ahead, he was throwing strikes and he was finishing them, which is really good.”

      “With the daily grind of professional baseball, you can’t afford to get too high or too low. These guys, they show up everyday, walk through those doors and they’re ready to work. They work their tails off and then when the game comes, that’s the time to go out there, have fun and compete and let all of your hard work show up on the field. That’s what these guys have been doing. The last couple of games they’ve been playing hard. They know what’s at stake here late in the season. They all want to win, they’re all competitors so it’s fun for us as coaches. We care as much as they do and when we see them on the field doing well and having success it makes us happy too.”

      [Jack Lopez] hit the hard ground ball down the line and when it hit the fence in left field it kicked past the guy. When he’s running to second, that play is right in front of him, he sees the ball kick and he just kept going. It was a great read by him paying attention.”

      Second Baseman Jack Lopez:

       “I think [Raul Mondesi’s] speed had an impact on it. At the beginning of the at-bat [Justin Gemoll] told me to go on contact and then he came back and told me to read the high hop. [Mondesi] hit it hard but it was a high hop right at him. I took a step home and when he looked at me I took a step back and when I saw him throw to first I took off to home and I was able to score.”

      “Fast balls, he was attacking the zone with fastballs [before the triple]. With runners in scoring position he was missing his pitches, but other than that he was aggressive with the fastball and I was able to get a hit.”

       

      “[Aggressive baserunning is] a big part of our team. We’ve got some guys who can steal bases. Even Bubba [Starling], our three-hole hitter can run. It’s a big part of our team, especially with [Terrance] Gore being gone. You’ve got to go out there and put pressure on the defense.”

      “We’re very aware [of the playoff race]. We’re always asking our trainers what’s the score of the other teams. All we can do is go out there and win, put our best effort out there and let it take care of itself.”

       

      Starting Pitcher Sean Manaea:

       

      “I feel like everything was working today except for my changeup. I threw a couple that were good and I felt like I was getting under it a bit, it was fading to the left a little bit and those were the ones I wasn’t throwing for strikes. The ones I stayed behind and I was throwing for strikes, those were the good ones. [Cam Gallagher] was calling a great game behind the plate, I trusted everything he was doing. I just made a couple of mistake pitches leaving the ball up. The ball that [Estarlin] Martinez hit, the last hit, I left it down the middle and he crushed it for a single but other than those mistakes I felt like everything was working and I thought it was a good outing.”

       

      “Defense definitely helps. It feels nice because I feel like I accomplished what I set [as a goal] for the second half, to go deeper into games and not have as many walks. I feel like these last couple of outing I’ve done exactly that. I know the first half of the season was really rough, but I went through it and I learned a lot from that.”

       

      “After every game, we check the scores of Frederick and Lynchburg but I feel like I don’t really see that during the game or before the game. I’m still relaxed. These last few games have been the definition of that. We haven’t been worried about anything beside ourselves. We just try to go out and win. [A few weeks ago] we felt like we put too much pressure on ourselves, like we had to win these games. For some reason, these past two games we’ve just been relaxed and having fun.”

       

      “It’s been a roller coaster, especially the first half. I’m happy I went through all the struggles, I learned so much from this whole season. More than I have from previous years in college and high school. I’ve learned so many things, especially from [Steve] Luebber like learning hitters. Hopefully I’ll take that into next year and keep rolling with it, keep progressing along as a pitcher. It was probably the best outing I had all season.”

       

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    • August 29, 2014 12:13 AM EDT
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      Offensive Onslaught In 8-0 Win Over Potomac Helps Blue Rocks Keep Pace In Wild Card Chase

      Rocks Remain 1.5 Games Behind Lynchburg, Half-Game Behind Frederick

       

      Wilmington, DE – The Blue Rocks broke out of an extended offensive slump on Thursday night during an 8-0 victory over the Potomac Nationals at Frawley Stadium. Prior to Brett Eibner’s RBI double in the sixth inning, Wilmington had gone 23.2 consecutive frames without a run. The Rocks scored all eight of their tallies between the sixth and the eighth innings. With the victory, Wilmington improved to 30-34 in the second half and to 63-69 overall. They were also able to keep up with Lynchburg and Frederick in the Wild Card chase. With five games to play, the Rocks sit 1.5 games behind the Hillcats and a half-game behind the Keys.

       

      Eibner’s RBI double in the sixth inning broke a scoreless tie and gave the Rocks a lead they would not relinquish. Raul Mondesi tripled into right-center field to lead off the frame and Eibner then pulled a double into the left-field corner to make it 1-0 Wilmington. The relay throw from left-fielder Randolph Oduber was off the mark, allowing Eibner to take an extra base and move to third on the error. A batter later, Frank Schwindel lined an RBI single to right, scoring Eibner to give the Rocks a 2-0 advantage.

       

      Wilmington continued its offensive onslaught in the seventh inning, extending its lead to 5-0 with three more runs. Daniel Rockett kicked off the rally with a leadoff double into the right-field corner. He advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Ramon Torres and scored on a single to center by Jack Lopez. Lopez then stole second and moved to third on a bunt single from Mondesi. Eibner walked to load the bases for Zane Evans, who delivered the night’s biggest blow, a two-run double to left-center field. Lopez and Mondesi came plateward, while Eibner was gunned down at the plate on a close play to end the threat.

       

      The Rocks put up a crooked number in the eighth inning for the third consecutive frame, increasing their lead to 8-0. Cam Gallagher led off the inning with a single and moved to third on a double to the gap in left by Fred Ford. Rockett singled home Gallagher, pushing the Blue Crew lead to 6-0. On the play, Ford also moved up to third. After Torres walked to re-load the bases, Jack Lopez rolled RBI fielder’s choice grounder to third. Third-baseman Khayyan Norfork stepped on the bag to retire Rockett and then fired home to try and get Ford at the plate. The throw was wide, allowing Ford to score and Torres to go from first to third. Torres scored Wilmington’s final tally of the evening on a strikeout-wild pitch with Mondesi at the plate.

       

      Jonathan Dziedzic turned in his best start in over a month and kept the Blue Rocks in the game until they finally took the lead in the sixth. Dziedzic hurled six scoreless innings and gave up just five hits. He struck out eight and did not walk a batter.

      Dziedzic (6-7, 2.52) was the winning pitcher for Wilmington and picked up his first victory since May 24. Travis Henke (4-2, 6.02) took the loss for Potomac after giving up five runs on seven hits in just two innings of work.

       

      The Rocks return to action on Friday night at Frawley Stadium for the finale of their five-game series against the Nationals. Wilmington will send southpaw Sean Manaea (6-8, 3.30) to the mound while Potomac will counter with right-hander Ian Dickson (5-8, 4.54). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM. 

       

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      Jonathan Dziedzic found his way back into the win column on Thursday for the first time since May 24 with six shutout innings against the Nationals. The southpaw struck out eight, yielded just five hits and did not walk a batter.  Although Dziedzic had not won since May, he has been one of Wilmington’s most consistent starting pitchers this year. The 2014 Carolina League All-Star has pitched well enough to win in nearly every one of his starts this year. He posted a 1.64 ERA in April, a 3.90 ERA in May, 3.15 ERA in June, a 1.04 ERA in July and a 2.67 ERA in August. Since the All-Star Break, the 6-foot hurler is 1-3 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 starts. On the campaign, Dziedzic is 6-7 with a 2.52 ERA in 24 starts. He has yielded 122 hits and 37 walks while striking out 113 in 125 innings pitched. Dziedzic’s 2.52 earned run average is second in the Carolina League, behind only teammate Glenn Sparkman’s 1.40 ERA. 

       

      Brett Eibner’s RBI double in the sixth inning snapped a 23.2-inning scoreless streak for the Blue Rocks, their second longest of the season. The Rocks had not scored since the fifth inning on Tuesday, when Jack Lopez’s RBI fielder’s choice grounder plated Frank Schwindel during a 3-1 loss to the P-Nats. Wilmington’s longest scoreless streak of the campaign spanned 25 frames, from August 3-7. The first game was a 5-4 loss to Frederick, while the final three contests came during a series sweep at the hands of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans that included back-to-back shutout losses. Lopez delivered an RBI groundout in the third inning on August 7 to snap that streak.

       

      Wilmington’s eight-run win over Potomac on Thursday was its largest margin of victory this season. The Blue Rocks’ previous season-high had been seven runs, something they accomplished four times. The most recent occurrence was August 8, when the Rocks beat Frederick, 8-1. The Blue Crew’s eight runs on Thursday were not the team’s highest scoring output of the season. Three times this year they have scored 10 runs in a game. Wilmington plated 10 tallies on April 4 at Winston-Salem, June 6 at Potomac and June 8 at Potomac.

       

      Brett Eibner turned in his first multi-hit performance since returning to the Blue Rocks on August 20. Eibner went 3-for-4 with a run, a double and an RBI. He also stole a base. Eibner really struggled in his first eight games with the club. He went just 2-for-26 in those contests, good for a .077 batting average. Eibner’s big night raised his average 90 points to .167. Eibner, however, has an on-base percentage of .342. That’s because of eight walks in his first nine games back. On August 23, he drew four walks, tying a franchise record and setting a new individual Blue Rocks season-high. He was the first Blue Rock to walk four times in a game since Jeff Corsaletti drew four free passes on July 4, 2006. Eibner began the year with Triple-A Omaha, was placed on the Storm Chasers' Disabled List on June 27 with a right-abdominal strain. He rejoined the Blue Rocks this month for the first time since 2012 to work his way back from the injury. In his first stint with Wilmington, Eibner batted .196 with 15 homers in 120 games.

       

      The Carolina League announced on Thursday that Wilmington Blue Rocks pitcher Glenn Sparkman is the eight-team league’s Pitcher of the Year. Sparkman’s dominant season has seen him go 8-2 with a league-best 1.40 ERA in 28 appearances (17 starts). Also honored by the Carolina League was former Blue Rocks closer Mark Peterson, who was named to the league’s year-end All-Star Team. Sparkman’s numbers have been tremendous in virtually every category this year. The right-handed hurler has yielded just 88 hits, 23 runs (18 earned) and 22 walks while striking out 113 in 116 innings pitched. He leads the league with a .209 batting average against and is second in the circuit with a 0.95 WHIP. His best month of the campaign was July. In five starts, he went 3-0 with a 0.87 ERA. He gave up a mere 22 hits and three walks while striking out 28 in 31 innings pitched. Sparkman’s dazzling July earned him the Carolina League’s Player of the Month award. Peterson’s honor comes thanks to his 1.33 ERA in 33 games as Wilmington’s closer. The right-hander converted 22 of his 24 save tries. Despite a promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas on July 25, Peterson’s 22 saves still lead the circuit

       

      THEY SAID IT:

       

      Bench Coach Justin Gemoll:

       

      “Any time we can get a win at this time of year is big. Especially for this team, they’ve been battling hard all season long. Tonight, we were fortunate enough to get some runs and get some momentum. [Jonathan Dziedzic] did a great job of pitching and holding them down and [Andrew] Edwards came in and did a fantastic job as well, keeping the lead. It was great for this team tonight.”

       

      [Jonathan Dziedzic] did a good job of being aggressive tonight, going right after the hitters. He changed his speeds when he had to. He did a great job of just competing like he has all season.”

       

      [Raul Mondesi] is a high-energy guy. He hit that triple in the gap and got us going. It was just contagious after that. These guys, they battle hard, they have good at bats. They took advantage of some pitches that were out over the plate and put good swings on them.”

       

      “Over the past couple of days, we’ve been hitting some balls hard, just right at people. It’s nice to have something to show for it when you do square it up and tonight we found some holes and we just kept it rolling.”

       

      [Brett Eibner] is an older guy. He’s been in this league before. Having him around helps the guy. He had some good at-bats tonight, got some key hits for us and ran the bases really hard. He went to second, they overthrew it and he ended up going to third [for example].”

       

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    • August 28, 2014 12:08 AM EDT
    • [Rocks Media] Rocks Muster Just Three Hits As P-Nats Sweep        Wednesday Night Twin-Bill

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      Rocks Muster Just Three Hits As P-Nats Sweep Wednesday Night Twin-Bill

      Wilmington Falls 1.5 Games Behind Lynchburg In Wild Card Chase.

       

      Wilmington, DE – The Blue Rocks were shut out in both ends of Wednesday night’s doubleheader against Potomac, with the Nationals taking each contest by a score of 3-0. Wilmington hitters managed just three hits combined between the two contests. With the pair of defeats, the Rocks fell to 29-34 in the second half and 62-69 overall. They also dropped to 1.5 games behind Lynchburg and a half-game behind Frederick for the C.L. North Wild Card spot. Potomac clinched the C.L. North title with their victory in the opener.

       

      John Wooten’s two-run homer in the third inning was the big blow for Potomac in the nightcap. Tony Renda singled with one out and came around to score on Wooten’s two-out blast. 

       

      Potomac extended its lead to 3-0 in the seventh inning on an RBI triple by Isaac Ballou. Craig Manuel had walked to lead off the frame.

       

      Johnny Walter turned in a solid start for the Blue Rocks in the nightcap. He tossed 4.2 innings and yielded two runs on three hits and four walks. He also struck out six.

      In the opener, Potomac’s two-run fourth inning was the difference in the game. 

       

      Estarlin Martinez crushed a two-run double to right-center off of Brooks Pounders to put the P-Nats ahead, 2-0. John Wooten reached on a fielder’s choice grounder and Khayyan Norfork then walked to set up Martinez’s big hit. Martinez was then thrown out at third base, attempting to stretch the double into a triple.

       

      Stephen Perez’s RBI double in the fifth inning extended the Nationals’ lead to 3-0. Pedro Severino singled to lead off the inning and then a batter later, Perez’s double scored him all the way from first.

       

      Pounders gutted his way through 6.2 innings for the Blue Rocks, one out shy of a complete game, and gave up three runs on seven hits. The 6-foot-5 righty walked two, hit a batter and struck out seven. He threw 96 pitches on the evening, 64 of them for strikes.

       

      Matthew Spann (9-5, 3.92) picked up the win for Potomac with six shutout innings in the opener. He threw just 59 pitches, 39 of them for strikes. Pounders (0-1, 3.09) took the tough-luck loss for Wilmington in game one. Gilberto Mendez earned his 14th save of the year.

       

      Kylin Turnbull (3-3, 4.41) was victorious in the nightcap for the P-Nats and threw six shutout innings of his own. He hurled 60 pitches, 47 of them for strikes. Walter (5-3, 3.77) suffered the defeat for the Blue Rocks in game two. Jake Walsh picked up his second save for the Nationals.

       

      The Rocks return to action on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium for the third of five games against the Potomac Nationals. Wilmington will send southpaw Jonathan Dziedzic (5-7, 2.65) to the mound while Potomac will counter with fellow lefty Hector Silvestre (1-2, 5.40). First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM.

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      Johnny Walter made his third spot start of the season – and his third career professional start – in Wednesday’s nightcap against Potomac. Walter threw 4.2 solid innings in the longest outing as a pro. The righty yielded three runs on three hits while suffering a tough-luck defeat. Walter walked four and struck out six, which ties the career-high he set in a relief appearance on July 2 against Potomac. Walter is 0-2 with a 4.76 in his three starts this year and has posted a 5-1 and a 3.55 ERA as a reliever this year. Though he had not made a start in the professional ranks until this month, Walter was very familiar with the role. During his three seasons at Penn State University, 35 of Walter's 48 career appearances were starts. Following his sophomore campaign, when he went 6-4 with a 3.19 ERA in 15 starts, Walter was named third-team All-Big Ten. Overall this season, Walter is 5-3 with a 3.77 ERA in 28 appearances (three starts). He has fanned 44, walked 22 and given up 64 hits in 62 innings pitched.

       

      Brooks Pounders made his second start since returning to the Blue Rocks in Wednesday’s opener. The 6-foot-5 righty gutted through 6.2 excellent frames, yielding three runs on seven hits. Pounders walked two, struck out seven and threw 96 pitches, 64 of them for strikes. In his first start with Wilmington this year, on August 22, he tossed five sterling frames and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk. Pounders, who spent all of 2013 with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, is on the road to recovery after surgery late last year. His 2014 campaign began at Rookie-Level Idaho Falls on July 16 with a shutout inning against Billings. In all, Pounders made six appearances (five starts) for the Chukars after his return to the mound. He was 0-1 there with a 4.80 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. At Northwest Arkansas last year, Pounders was 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 27 games (19 starts) prior to his mid-August injury. On June 27, 2013, he threw a complete-game no-hitter, the first in Naturals history. Back in 2012, during his first stint in Wilmington, Pounders went 6-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 16 games (15 starts).

       

      Because Brooks Pounders and Johnny Walter pitched deep into each game on Wednesday, the Blue Rocks’ pen was not needed much. However, Zeb Sneed and Daniel Stumpf combined to give the Blue Rocks 2.2 solid innings of relief. Sneed recorded the final out of game one after Pounders had reached his pitch limit. He faced one batter, Isaac Ballou, and quickly induced a flyout. Stumpf pitched 2.1 innings in the nightcap after Walter departed the contest. He gave up one run on two hits and one walk while fanning four. The Blue Crew 'pen has been one of the team's strengths throughout the season. They are a combined 31-24 with a collective 2.95 ERA. Blue Rocks' relievers have punched out 403 and issued 129 bases on balls in 2014.

       

      A lack off offense and one big inning by their opponent has plagued the Blue Rocks in each contest during their current four-game skid. On Monday in Salem, the Red Sox broke a 2-2 deadlock with a four-run seventh inning. In Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to Potomac, a three-run fifth inning springboarded the P-Nats to victory. Estarlin Martinez provided a two-RBI double for Potomac in the fourth inning in Wednesday’s nightcap. That was all the Nationals needed in a 3-0 win. In the nightcap, also a 3-0 loss to Potomac, John Wooten’s two-run homer in the third provided the big blow. During Wilmington’s four-game losing streak, Wilmington has scored a combined three runs on 16 hits. They have left a total of 20 men on base and have gone a combined 2-for-22 with runners in scoring position.

      Three current Blue Rocks and three former Blue Rocks will suit up for the Peoria Javelinas this year in the Arizona Fall League. In all, twenty of MLB.com's top-100 prospects are scheduled to compete in the prestigious post-season league. Bubba StarlingRaul Mondesi and Miguel Almonte are the current Blue Rocks scheduled to compete. In 125 games for the Blue Crew this year, Starling is batting .220 with nine homers and 54 RBIs. Mondesi is hitting .217 with 14 doubles, 11 triples and eight homers in 103 games for Wilmington in 2014. Almonte has posted a 6-7 record and a 4.61 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) for the Blue Crew this season. Hunter DozierSam Selman and Ali Williams will join the trio of current Blue Rocks in Arizona. Dozier and Williams began the campaign in Wilmington and have since been promoted to Double-A Northwest Arkansas. In 66 games for the Blue Crew this season, Dozier hit .295 with 18 doubles and four home runs. Williams turned in no record but had a sparkling 1.88 ERA in 12 relief appearances for the Rocks this season. Selman spent the entire 2013 campaign in Wilmington and went 11-9 with a 3.38 ERA in 27 starts. Vance Wilson, who currently manages the Double-A Northwest Arkansas Naturals, will skipper the Javelinas. Wilson spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons at the helm in Wilmington.

      THEY SAID IT: 

       

      Acting Manager Justin Gemoll:

       

      “[Our hitters] battled all night. You’ve got to tip your hat to their guys. They kept us off balance, they threw strikes and they kept the ball down. We hit a few balls hard right at guys, unfortunately. They did a good job of pounding the strike zone and we just didn’t get anything to fall.”

       

      “Both [Brooks Pounders and Johnny Walter] in my opinion, pitched very well. They competed their tails off out there and they gave us a very good chance of winning those ballgames. They kept us in it and did a great job tonight.”

       

      “These guys have battled all year and that’s what we’re going to keep doing. We’re going to keep battling, keep fighting, keep scratching and keep trying to win these ballgames. This is a fun time of year, especially when you’ve got something to play for. These guys, watching them all year, they’re pretty resilient. They all want to win so they’ll be out here ready to go tomorrow.”

       

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    • August 23, 2014 12:14 AM EDT
    •  [Rocks Media] Three-Run Second Not Enough As Wilmington Falls To        Salem In Extras

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      Three-Run Second Not Enough As Wilmington Falls To Salem In Extras

      Red Sox Walk Off On Blue Rocks For Third Time This Season

       

      Salem, VA – A three-run second inning wasn’t enough for the Blue Rocks as the Salem Red Sox stormed back to beat Wilmington, 4-3, in walk-off fashion on Friday night at Salem Memorial Ballpark. The loss spoiled a solid return to the Blue Crew for starting pitcher Brooks Pounders, who worked five strong innings. The Blue Rocks fell to 28-29 in the second half and to 61-64 overall. They trail the first-place Potomac Nationals by six games and maintain a one-game lead over the Lynchburg Hillcats for the C.L. North Wild Card spot.

       

      Jantzen Witte provided the heroics for Salem with a bases-loaded walk-off single to left in the bottom of the 10th inning. After pitching a scoreless ninth, Andrew Edwards returned to the mound for the Blue Crew in the 10th. Matty Johnson and Carlos Asuaje greeted him with back-to-back singles. Edwards then walked Reed Gragnani intentionally to load the bases with nobody out for Witte, who promptly singled to end the game.

       

      The Blue Rocks appeared to have a much better outlook earlier in the evening after a three-run second inning put them ahead, 3-1. Frank Schwindel kicked off the rally with a single to center and advanced to second when Jared Schlehuber was hit by a pitch. Cody Stubbs then singled to load the bases for Cam Gallagher, who doubled home Schwindel and Schlehuber. Stubbs scored on an RBI groundout from Michael Antonio.

       

      Salem opened the scoring in the home half of the first inning courtesy of an RBI single by Reed Gragnani. Johnson led off the frame with a single, moved to second on a wild pitch and advanced to third on a flyout to right by Asuaje.

       

      After the Blue Rocks took the lead in the second inning, the Red Sox battled back to even the score at three with single tallies in the fifth and the seventh. Gragnani plated Asuaje in the fifth with his second RBI single of the night. After a leadoff double, Dreily Guerrero came around to score on a throwing error by relief pitcher Luis Santos

       

      Despite taking a no-decision, Brooks Pounders was excellent on Friday for the Blue Rocks. He gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk in five innings pitched. Pounders also struck out six, which was two shy of a career-high.

       

      Jonathan Aro (2-0, 3.00) picked up the win for Salem while Edwards (0-3, 5.56) took the loss for Wilmington.

      The Rocks return to action on Saturday night at Salem Memorial Ballpark for the second of four games against the Salem Red Sox. Wilmington will send southpaw Jonathan Dziedzic (5-7, 2.61) to the mound. Salem will counter with fellow lefty Cody Kukuk (4-6, 5.13). First pitch is slated for 6:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM.

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      Brooks Pounders returned to the Blue Rocks on Friday for the first time since 2012 with an outstanding start against the Salem Red Sox. The 6-foot-5 right-hander tossed five sterling frames and gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk. He also fanned six while putting together his longest outing of the year. Pounders, who spent all of 2013 with Double-A Northwest Arkansas, is on the road to recovery after surgery late last year. His 2014 campaign began at Rookie-Level Idaho Falls on July 16 with a shutout inning against Billings. In all, Pounders made six appearances (five starts) for the Chukars after his return to the mound. He was 0-1 there with a 4.80 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched. At Northwest Arkansas last year, Pounders was 5-7 with a 4.50 ERA in 27 games (19 starts) prior to his mid-August injury. On June 27, 2013, he threw a complete-game no-hitter, the first in Naturals history. Back in 2012, during his first stint in Wilmington, Pounders went 6-4 with a 4.32 ERA in 16 games (15 starts).

       

      Frank Schwindel continued to impress with his bat in Friday night’s 4-3 loss in Salem. The right-handed hitting slugger moved to the cleanup spot for the first time and was 1-for-4 with a run. Schwindel has now started his Blue Rocks career with hits in four consecutive contests. He finished Thursday night’s contest in Myrtle Beach 1-for-3 with a home run and a walk.  He went 2-for-3 with a home run and a walk on Wednesday and was 2-for-4 on Tuesday in his Blue Crew debut. Schwindel is now a combined 6-for-14 with two homers and two walks in his first four games with Wilmington. Prior to Schwindel, only four Blue Rocks had recorded two hits in their first start with the club this season: Hunter Dozier on April 3, Cody Stubbs on April 4, Tyler Chism on April 6 and Mark Threlkeld on July 4. Schwindel began the campaign with Low-A Lexington, where he had the best offensive season of anyone on the team. In 102 games with the Legends, he batted .286 with 29 doubles, three triples, 20 homers and 20 RBIs. Schwindel is in his second season as a pro. He played in 64 games for Rookie-Level Idaho Falls a year and batted .300 with 14 doubles, a triple, six homers and 25 RBIs.

       

      The second inning has been kind to Wilmington during its current road trip to Myrtle Beach and Salem. After scoring three times in the frame on Friday, the Rocks have amassed a combined eight second-inning tallies in the first four games of the tripCam Gallagher two-RBI double and a Michael Antonio RBI groundout provided the second-inning runs on Friday. Frank Schwindel hit second-frame solo home runs on Wednesday and on Thursday. In Tuesday night’s contest, Zane EvansCam Gallagher and Jared Schlehuber all hit solo home runs in the second. Wilmington has now scored a combined 32 runs in the second inning this season, the fewest of any regulation frame. The ninth inning is second-to-last with 33 total tallies. The Rocks’ best inning has been the fifth, when they have plated a combined 70 runs.

       

      Friday night’s loss marked the third time this season that the Blue Crew has been walked off on at Salem Memorial Ballpark. Each of the three walk-off losses has been distinct. Andrew Edwards loaded the bases on Friday with nobody out before Jantzen Witte plated Matty Johnson with an RBI single to win it for Salem. On June 30, Ryan Dent hit a walk-off two-run homer for the Red Sox off of Daniel Stumpf. Back on May 5, Johnson sent Dreily Guerrero plateward on an RBI double to right. Wilmington is now 6-8 this season in games decided during the final at-bat. Friday’s contest also dropped the Rocks to 3-5 in extra-inning games during the 2014 campaign.

       

      THEY SAID IT:

       

      Manager Darryl Kennedy:

       

      “We just didn’t make the plays. We’ve been very good defensively all year and it just let us down at the wrong time. We had a popup that we couldn’t catch. That really hurt us. The other two are throwing errors. That happens in a game. Especially Gallagher with the stolen base. It kind of short-hopped. A good baserunner jumps up and takes third. The other one was a hurried one on a bunt. The one that really hurts was the popup. You’ve got to have those outs. Again, you can’t dwell on that and we didn’t do anything offensively after that second inning. We gave them a chance to stay in the game.”

       

      “First inning, I thought [Brooks Pounders] just gave up a couple of hits but we limited it to one run. In the second inning, he got two quick outs and then worked himself into a little bit of a jam. After that, I thought he pitched well and did a good job. Overall, it was a pretty good outing for him.”

       

      [Brett Eibner] is just missing balls that normally he would hit. His timing is still a little off, but hopefully he can get it going soon.”

       

      “Winning games [is how one team will set itself apart]. We’ve got to win. Like I said [Thursday]. We’re in the driver’s seat. It’s up to us. All we’ve got to do is play and win. It’s nice that the other teams are helping out but you can’t limp into this or backdoor into it by everybody else losing. You’ve got to start winning games and that’s what we’ve got to do.”

       

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    • July 11, 2014 1:04 AM EDT
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      Subject: [Rocks Media] Rocks Fall To P-Nats In Thursday’s Opener, Nightcap Suspended Due To Rain

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      Rocks Fall To P-Nats In Thursday’s Opener, Nightcap Suspended Due To Rain

      Suspended Contest Deadlocked At One, Will Resume On July 16

       

      Woodbridge, VA – Wilmington dropped the opener of Thursday’s doubleheader against Potomac, 4-3, while the nightcap between the Blue Rocks and Nationals was tied, 1-1, after five-and-a-half innings when rain forced the suspension of play. The P-Nats walked off on the Blue Rocks in game one courtesy of an RBI single from Tony Renda. With the loss, Wilmington fell to 42-45 overall and 9-10 in the second half. The suspended game will be resumed on Wednesday, July 16, prior to the originally-scheduled meeting between the two clubs. 

       

      Game one was deadlocked at three entering the home half of the seventh inning, but Tony Renda’s walk-off single handed the P-Nats a 4-3 victory. Pedro Severino led off the frame with a single up the middle. He advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Eury Perez and to third on a passed ball by Zane Evans. Reliever Zeb Sneed intentionally walked Stephen Perez to put runners at the corners for Renda, who ripped a single to left to end the game.

       

      The Blue Crew evened the score of the opener, 3-3, with a pair of tallies in the top of the third. Daniel RockettJack Lopez and Raul Mondesi hit consecutive singles to start the inning, loading the bases with nobody out. After Bubba Starling lined to second for the first out of the frame, Mark Threlkeld reached on a fielding error by third-baseman Cody Dent. That allowed Rockett and Lopez to head plateward and even the score.

       

      Both clubs scored single tallies in the second. In the top half of the frame, Evans connected with the first pitch he saw from Dakota Bacus for his second home run of the year. In the bottom half, Renda lifted a sacrifice fly to center, allowing Eury Perez to score. He had reached on a one-out single off of Sean Manaea.

       

      Potomac struck first with two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Eury Perez singled and stole both second and third. Stephen Perez then walked to put runners at the corners for Renda, who hit a sacrifice fly to center. After Shawn Pleffner walked, advancing Stephen Perez to second, and Randolph Oduber flew out, Khayyan Norfork drew a base on balls to load the bases. Estarlin Martinez sent home Stephen Perez with an RBI single to left, making it 2-0 Nationals.

       

      In the nightcap, both teams remained hitless until the fifth inning, when Ramon Torres and Cam Gallagher hit back-to-back two-out singles. However, the Blue Rocks did not score in the frame.

       

      In the bottom half of the fifth, Potomac managed to break through and score a single tally against reliever Johnny Walter. Norfork singled to center with one out and then advanced on a walk by Mike McQuillan. Martinez drove home Norfork with an RBI single to make it 1-1, Nationals.

       

      The Blue Rocks answered in the top of the sixth with a tally of their own to draw even at 1-1. Terrance Gore reached on a bunt single and then stole second. He advanced to third on a groundout by Jack Lopez and scored on a sacrifice fly by Raul Mondesi.

       

      After five-and-a-half innings, rain forced the suspension of play. Statistics will not count until the game is completed on June 16. 

       

      Sneed (3-2, 2.38) took the game-one loss for Wilmington while Gilberto Mendez (5-3, 2.50) picked up his fifth win for Potomac in the opener.

       

      The Rocks return to action Friday night at Frawley Stadium as they kick off a four-game set against the Salem Red Sox. Wilmington will send righty Glenn Sparkman (4-2, 1.56) to the mound while Salem will counter with lefty Corey Littrell (5-4, 3.99). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM. For tickets, call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com. 

       

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      Brandon Finnegan made his professional debut for the Blue Rocks in Thursday’s nightcap. The hard-throwing southpaw was fantastic and threw two perfect innings while striking out one. However, because the game was suspended, his statistics will not count until the game is competed on June 16. The Kansas City Royals selected Finnegan No. 17 overall in the First Round of the 2014 Draft. He played collegiately for TCU and dazzled across three excellent seasons there. With TCU, Finnegan posted a career 13-16 record and 2.77 ERA. He struck out 276 and walked 94 there across 247.1 innings. However, his final season is the one that really stood out. Finnegan went 9-3 with a 2.04 ERA, 234 strikeouts and 29 walks in 105.2 innings pitched this spring. He was a standout performer while leading TCU to just its second College World Series berth in school history. Finnegan was named First-Team All-Big 12 for his efforts. The honors did not stop there. Louisville Slugger, Baseball America and Perfect Game all named him a third-team All-American. Finnegan was also drafted out of high school in the 45th Round of the 2011 Draft by the Texas Rangers. 

       

      Blake Wood made his first appearance of the season in a Blue Rocks uniform in Thursday’s nightcap. Wood hurled a pair of perfect frames and struck out three of the six batters he faced. Like Finnegan, his numbers will not count until the game has been completed on June 16. The hard-throwing reliever began the 2014 campaign in the Major Leagues as a member of the Cleveland Indians’ bullpen. He made the club out of Spring Training and went 0-1 with a 7.11 ERA in 7 appearances. The righty fanned seven and walked seven in 6.1 innings before being sent to Triple-A Columbus. After posting no record and a 1.12 ERA in nine appearances with the Clippers, Wood was designated for assignment by the Indians on May 27. On June 2, he was claimed by the Kansas City Royals and assigned to Triple-A Omaha, where he walked 10 and yielded five runs on five hits over 4.2 innings pitched. Wood, who is on Kansas City’s 40-man roster, had his option transferred to Wilmington on July 9. The Atlanta, Georgia, native has spent parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues. He owns a career 6-7 record and 4.39 ERA in 115 relief appearances in the Big Leagues. The 2011 campaign was a standout one for Wood. He went 5-3 with a 3.75 ERA in 55 games as a middle reliever for the Royals. Wood last appeared with the Blue Rocks in 2008. That season, he was 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA in 10 starts for the Blue Crew prior to a promotion to Double-A Northwest Arkansas.

       

      Potomac’s walk-off win in Thursday’s opener was the sixth by a Blue Rocks opponent this season. It was also the second of the year by the Potomac Nationals. On June 6, the last time the P-Nats walked off on the Blue Crew, Wilmington held a 10-6 lead entering the bottom of the ninth. The Nationals proceeded to score five times off of Daniel Stumpf and Johnny Walter to win in dramatic fashion. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Winston-Salem Dash and Salem Red Sox (twice) have also walked off on the Rocks. Wilmington also has four walk-off victories this year. The Rocks have won in such fashion against the Pelicans, Red Sox, Carolina Mudcats and Frederick Keys. Thursday’s doubleheader was the seventh of the campaign for the Blue Crew. The Rocks are 1-2-3 in twin-bills, thus far, with the result of Thursday’s doubleheader still hanging in the balance.

       

      Sean Manaea allowed two first-inning runs and a second-frame tally before settling in to throw five solid innings in Thursday’s opener for the Blue Crew. Only two of the runs were earned and the 6-foot-5 southpaw also punched out seven while walking four. Last time out, on July 2 against the Nationals, Manaea had to depart the game after just one frame because of a two-hour rain delay. Excluding that outing, he has gone five-plus innings in three consecutive starts. Manaea has now completed five or more frames in seven of his 16 starts this season. Overall, he is 2-7 on the year with a 4.66 ERA, the lowest his ERA has been since April 14, when it registered at 3.24. Manaea has also allowed 69 hits, fanned 86 and walked 34 in 65.2 innings. His 86 strikeouts are third among active Carolina League pitchers.

       

      THEY SAID IT:

       

      Manager Darryl Kennedy:

       

      “You combine [the weather] with constantly being on the road and home for a short bit and back on the road, it’s really been a crazy month. You can’t mess with Mother Nature. You deal with rainouts as much as you can. We came out in the first game and I thought we competed pretty well, swung the bats pretty well. [For SeanManaea, those first two innings really did him in. He did a very good job of righting the ship and throwing three solid innings to go five innings.”

      “It was very important. If we had to get [Sean Manaea] after that first inning, we’re talking the second game being a lot different. We knew we only had [Brandon] Finnegan going only two innings. Blake Wood was only going to go two innings. Then we had [Johnny] Walter, which, if we didn’t get [five innings from Manaea], then…it kind of takes away the flexibility we had in the second game. [Johnny] Walter had plenty of pitches to go with but, right before the rainout, I felt good about [Kyle] Bartsch coming in and facing [Khayyan] Norfork. But the rain came and the skies opened up and we’ve got to come back here and, basically, play five games in three days.”

       

      [Brandon Finnegan threw well], especially in an unusual circumstance, where he comes to the ballpark [Wednesday] thinking he’s going to pitch, then we get rained out, then he comes [Thursday] and has to wait for the second game. He handled it very well and threw the ball very well…He’s going to pitch two innings again in his next outing and I think we’re going to bump him up tot here innings. He’s not going to be out there like a normal starter because of the number of innings he threw in college.”

       

      [Blake Wood] threw the ball great. He threw the ball like I remember watching him pitch when he was here in 2008, the last time we were both here together. [He’s a] power arm, [and is] just down here to get some work in and I don’t expect him to be here too long.”

       

      “You look at that [fifth inning] and Gore has really struggled lately with being able to put a bunt in play. He lays down a perfect bunt and then he steals second. Then Lopez gives himself up, does a great job with two strikes to get him to third. Mondesi comes in and gets a sacrifice fly. It kind of goes unnoticed but [it’s] huge. That whole inning there is why we still have a chance to win this ballgame.”

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    • July 8, 2014 6:59 AM EDT
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      Santos Combines With Late Offense To Lift Rocks Over Potomac
      Wilmington Notches Fifth Win In Its Last Six Games

      Woodbridge, VA –Luis Santos turned in his second straight strong outing and the Wilmington offense overcame a slow start as the Blue Rocks beat the Potomac Nationals, 5-1, on Monday at Pfitzner Stadium. Santos (2-1) allowed just one run on three hits in six innings to earn a second consecutive victory over the P-Nats. At the plate, the Rocks scored all of their runs over the final five frames as they moved their record back to .500 in the season's second half (9-9) and improved to 42-44 overall in 2014. It was the Blue Crew's fifth win in their last six games.

      Santos retired the first five batters he faced before running into a little two-strike, two-out trouble in the second. He plunked Mike McQuillan with an 0-2 pitch in the shoulder and then yielded an 0-2 double off the bat of Justin Miller. Miller's grounder snuck just inside the third-base line and plated McQuillan to put Potomac on top, 1-0. Santos would then retire 13 of the last 16 batters he faced, never allowing a runner to advance further than second base. He fanned five and walked only one, needing just 79 pitches to make it through six frames and earn the win.

      His support came from an offense that out-hit the P-Nats, 10-5. Wilmington ran itself out of opportunities in the first and second innings and then saw double plays thwart potential rallies in the fourth and fifth frames. But with two outs and the bases empty in the fifth, Jared Schlehuber erased all of the Rocks' early frustration by blasting a titanic solo home run over the left-centerfield fence. Wilmington opened the sixth inning with a single by Ramon Torres, an RBI triple by Raul Mondesi and a run-scoring double off the bat of Bubba Starling to take a 3-1 edge. A Mondesi double and an ensuing RBI single by Starling pushed the edge to three runs in the eighth, while Cam Gallagher capped the scoring with a sacrifice fly to right in the ninth.

      Potomac starter Ian Dickson (1-7) took the loss by allowing three runs on eight hits in six frames. He almost got off the hook when Potomac brought the tying-run to the plate with two outs in the eighth, but Rocks closer Mark Peterson entered the game and promptly shut the door by inducing a rally-killing pop up. The right-hander worked a one-two-three ninth to record his 17th save of the season.

      The Blue Rocks return to action Tuesday night when they continue their four-game series against the P-Nats. Wilmington will send southpaw Sean Manaea (2-7, 4.75) to the mound, while Potomac will counter with righty Brian Rauh (1-1, 5.08). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM.

      The Rocks return to Frawley Stadium on July 11 for the first game of a four-game homestand against the Salem Red Sox. For tickets, call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com.

      PEBBLES OF KNOWLEDGE:

      Luis Santos has now strung two of the best starts of his Advanced-A career together over his last two outings. Coincidentally, both have come against the first-half champion Potomac Nationals. Santos allowed just one run on three hits in 5.2 innings on July 1 to earn his first win since joining the Blue Rocks in late-May. He followed that up with his excellent start on Monday. Thanks to his last 11.2 frames, Santos has lowered his ERA from 8.37 to 6.11. Santos began the campaign with Low-A Lexington and put up stellar numbers for the Legends prior to his promotion to the Blue Rocks. With Lexington, he was 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in nine appearances (six starts). He struck out 34 and walked just five while yielding only 33 hits in 46 innings pitched. Santos was signed as a non-drafted free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18, 2011. He spent 2011 with the Dominican Pirates and had a 2-1 record and 2.70 ERA. In 2012, Santos split time between the Dominican Pirates 1 and the Dominican Pirates 2. The six-foot hurler was traded from the Pirates organization to the Kansas City Royals organization on November 28, 2012. He was sent to the Royals along with lefty Luis Rico in exchange for right-hander Vin Mazzaro and first-baseman Clint Robinson.

      Raul Mondesi busted his way out of a 5-for-51 slump on Monday by going 2-for-4 with a pair of extra-base hits. The switch hitter tripled from the left side of the batter's box in sixth inning and then roped a double batting from the right side just two frames later. Mondesi also drove in a run and scored twice in Monday's victory. It was a good day all around for the 18-year-old, who was named the 22nd-ranked prospect in all of baseball by Baseball America, which released its midseason top 50 prospects list on Monday afternoon. Mondesi is batting just .220 on the season, but is the youngest player in the Carolina League, and is widely viewed by many scouts as the best defensive infielder in all of Advanced-A.

      Glenn Sparkman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on the Fourth of July, and before the game on Monday he was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for the effort. Sparkman lost his bid for a no-no with one out in the seventh, but it was the only hit he allowed in a career-long seven-inning outing of a 5-0 Wilmington win. Sparkman set the tone early by fanning the first two batters he faced. He finished his night in similar fashion by punching out the final two hitters he opposed as well. In between, the right-hander worked five one-two-three innings. The only base runner he allowed over the first six innings came on Ramon Torres’ one-out error in the third. Sparkman paid it little attention, however, retiring the next two batters he faced. Joey DeMichele was the lone Winston-Salem batter to register a hit off the righty, lining a single into center with one down in the seventh. Sparkman finished his night with nine strikeouts and no walks. Sparkman took a no-hitter deeper into a game than any Blue Rocks pitcher this season. Luis Santos was the only other Wilmington hurler to make it through five frames without yielding a knock in 2014. Sparkman also turned in only the third start by a Blue Rocks pitcher not named Christian Binford that lasted at least seven innings. Binford did it five times on his own. Wilmington is now 7-1 in Sparkman’s eight starts. Since shifting to the rotation Sparkman has posted a 2-1 mark and a 1.13 ERA. His only loss came when he yielded one run in six innings as the Hillcats no-hit the Blue Rocks on June 27.
      THEY SAID IT:

      MANAGER DARRYL KENNEDY: "He was able to get away with some pitches up early in the game, but did a good job getting the ball down when he had to at that point in the game. Then he really seemed to settle in and pitched a very good ballgame. With him, he's got that herky-jerky delivery and he throws enough pitches up and in that he gets the hitters a little defensive. That pays off for him. He gets them off balance and when he comes back and locates he's tough to deal with. He pitched a heck of a game and put us in position to win."

      "At least when were making mistakes on the base paths it was mistakes being aggressive, and we haven't always been aggressive enough on the bases, especially with balls in the dirt."

      "It looked like we were swinging the bats pretty well, we just weren't getting anything out of it, but then Jared comes up and gets that home run, which catapulted us to some success. That was a big spot for us there."

      "It was good to see [Raul] Mondesi get some hits for us [Monday} and see that smile back on his face. We hadn't seen that smile in a while. I know he's been struggling, but we tend to forget he's only 18-years-old. He's been going through some growing pains, but hopefully this is a sign that he's starting to come out of it. We definitely need his presence in our lineup. Then Bubba swung it well again. He's really been hitting the ball well for a couple weeks now, it just goes a little unnoticed at times. We really need both of those guys to get going. Hopefully with the additions of Ramon Torres and Mark Threlkeld it takes some of the pressure off those guys and allows them to relax a little bit.

      "Mondesi is a guy who you've always watched in the past play stellar defense, but his bat has been right there with him. I think he has really shown this year what he is, simply because his bat hasn't always been there, but his defense never stopped. For an 18-year-old kid to not let his offense carry over into his defense is very impressive and pretty rare. That's why he is who he is."

      "We are definitely a little more balanced now. We were very right-hand dominant most of the first half. With two switch hitters now [Mondesi and Torres] it helps us out. And then it also gives us a lot of flexibility with really three shortstops available in the infield between Jack Lopez, Mondesi and Torres. That's only going to improve our defense which has been a strength of ours all year long."

      "[Mark] Peterson has really gone unnoticed in terms of his importance to our team this year. I remember earlier in the season he worked four innings to get a save. It seems like whatever we need him to do for us, he just gets it done. I have a lot of confidence in that man."

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    • July 7, 2014 12:14 AM EDT
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      Almonte Struggles As Blue Rocks Can’t Complete Sweep Of Dash

      Righty Allows Six Runs Over 4.1 Innings Pitched

       

      Winston-Salem, NC – Wilmington was unable to complete a three-game sweep of Winston-Salem on Sunday as the Dash handed the Blue Rocks a 7-1 defeat. The loss dropped the Rocks to 41-44 overall on the season and 8-9 in the second half. It also snapped the team’s four-game winning streak.

       

      The Dash took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning Sunday and never looked back. Jacob May tripled to lead off the home half of the frame and then scored on an RBI single by Joey DeMichele.

       

      In the fourth inning, Winston-Salem extended its lead to 2-0 when Jack Lopez committed a throwing error, allowing Nick Basto to reach and Keon Barnum to score. Barnum led off the inning with a double and then scored when Lopez threw away a grounder from Basto. 

       

      The Blue Rocks scored their lone run of the game in the top of the fifth inning. Jared Schlehuber doubled to left-center field to kick off the rally. He moved to third on a single from Cody Stubbs and came plateward on a groundout from Terrance Gore.

       

      Winston-Salem broke the game open with a five-spot in the bottom of the fifth inning to go ahead 7-1. The rally began with a one-out double from May. After Keenyn Walker drew a free pass, DeMichele doubled to plate May and move Walker to third. Jason Coats then singled home Walker. Later in the frame, Barnum launched a three-run homer to left to put the game out of reach.

       

      Miguel Almonte (5-4, 4.50) suffered the loss for Wilmington after yielding six runs (five earned) on seven hits over 4.1 innings pitched. Angel Sanchez (1-0, 1.29) earned his first win for Winston-Salem by tossing seven fantastic frames. He yielded only a run on four hits while striking out six.

       

      The Blue Rocks return to action Monday night when they kick off a four-game series in Woodbridge, Virginia, against the Potomac Nationals. Wilmington will send right-hander Luis Santos (1-1, 7.06) to the mound, while Potomac will counter with fellow righty Ian Dickson (1-6, 6.11). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM.

      The Rocks return to Frawley Stadium on July 11 for the first game of a four-game homestand against the Salem Red Sox. For tickets, call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com.

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      Sunday afternoon’s game was the Blue Rocks’ final contest in Winston-Salem this season. The Blue Crew finished 4-5 at BB&T Ballpark in 2014. The two clubs also had a game canceled due to weather on June 11. Wilmington opened the season with a pair of wins at BB&T Ballpark but dropped five of its next seven there. It is the first road venue that the Blue Rocks have wrapped up play at this season.

       

      Since April 21, Miguel Almonte has gone at least five innings in every start but two. Both short outings have come at Winston-Salem against the Dash. Almonte struggled in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Winston-Salem Dash. The right-handed hurler tossed 4.1 frames and yielded five runs (six earned) on seven hits. He also issued two free passes. On June 10, Almonte left after the fourth inning with elbow discomfort. Overall this season against the Dash, Almonte is 1-2 with a 3.86 ERA in three starts. He has punched out 10, walked 5 and allowed 14 hits in 14 innings pitched.

       

      Mark Threlkeld and Ramon Torres have continued to impress during their brief tenures in Wilmington. On Sunday, Threlkeld went 1-for-3 with a walk while Torres went 1-for-4. Since joining the Blue Crew from Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Threlkeld is 5-for-11 with two runs and a walk. Torres is 4-for-14 with two runs, a triple, three RBIs and a walk since his promotion from Low-A Lexington. While playing for the Naturals, Threlkeld hit .253 with seven homers, 10 doubles, a triple and 26 RBIs. With the Legends, Torres batted .304 with five homers, 15 doubles, two triples and 25 RBIs in 73 games.

       

      When Cody Stubbs started in right field Sunday, he became the first Blue Rock this season to have appeared at three different positions in the field. Stubbs has played first base, in left field and in right field. He has also been the team’s designated hitter this year, as well. Prior to this season, the slugger had not played any position in the field but first base as a professional. Stubbs is batting .197 when he plays first base, .375 when he plays left field and is 1-for-2 now as a right fielder. As the designated hitter, Stubbs has hit .174. Overall, Stubbs is batting .227 this season with six doubles, four triples, 27 RBIs and a team-leading eight homers.

       

      THEY SAID IT:

       

      Manager Darryl Kennedy:

       

      [Miguel Almonte] didn’t have his good stuff. A lot of different arm angles and release points. He was battling his mechanics all day. He didn’t have it today. It was a bad day for him. I thought he gutted through the first four innings and then the fifth inning it kind of caught up to him.”

       

      “It started in the first inning with the first hitter of the game when Bubba [Starling] goes for a ball he really shouldn’t have gone for. You let the guy get a single and let’s play from there. He ends up getting a triple and they score a run. With the throwing error, Jack [Lopez] fielded it and I don’t think he had a grip on it and tried to throw it anyway. It wasn’t one of our best games but…it’s baseball and things like that are going to happen. The silver lining in all of this is we won 2-of-3 and took a series. That’s what we’ve got to do. From here on out we need to win series. If, at the cost of winning a series, is playing one bad game, I’m going to take it just to win a series.”

       

      “The funny thing is, what a lot of people don’t understand, is Winston-Salem is third in the league in pitching. It’s not like we should be rolling over and crushing that team. They’ve got a very good pitching staff. Their team ERA is right behind ours. Normally, you’re going to have close guys with those guys. Even though this is a hitter-friendly ballpark they do a very good job of pitching.”

       

      [Mark Threlkeld] takes very good ABs day in and day out. He comes to play. He plays hard, runs the bases hard and he’s going to give you a good at-bat”

       

      “I had Ramon [Torres] a couple of years ago in the AZL. I love what he brings on a daily basis. He brings a lot of energy, can steal a base, bunt and he can drive the ball as well. He plays a very good infield, no matter where you put him. He plays a very good shortstop, second base, third base and he gives us a lot of flexibility and depth to our infield.”

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    • July 5, 2014 1:28 AM EDT
    • From: "Matt Janus via RocksMedia"
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      Subject: [Rocks Media] Sparkman Sparkles As Rocks Record Second Straight        Shutout

       

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      Sparkman Sparkles As Rocks Record Second Straight Shutout

      Righty Dominant In Career-High Seven-Inning Outing

      Winston-Salem, NC – Glenn Sparkman took a no-hitter into the seventh inning as the Wilmington Blue Rocks recorded their second consecutive shutout with a 5-0 blanking of the Winston-Salem Dash on Friday at BB&T Ballpark.  Sparkman lost his bid for a no-no with one out in the seventh, but it was the only hit he allowed in a career-long seven-inning outing.  The Rocks have now tossed 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to Tuesday and have authored nine shutouts as a team on the season.

      Sparkman set the tone early by fanning the first two batters he faced.  He finished his night in similar fashion by punching out the final two hitters he opposed as well.  In between, the right-hander worked five one-two-three innings.  The only base runner he allowed over the first six innings came on Ramon Torres' one-out error in the third.  Sparkman paid it little attention, however, retiring the next two batters he faced.  Joey DeMichele was the lone Winston-Salem batter to register a hit off the righty, lining a single into center with one down in the seventh.  Sparkman finished his night with nine strikeouts and no walks.

      Wilmington's offense did not need much, but got a single tally in the second and then two more runs in both the fourth and fifth frames.  Torres got Wilmington on the board with an RBI grounder to first in the second.  His hustle led to another run two innings later when he beat out a potential double play that allowed Michael Antonio to score.  Earlier in the frame, Antonio's single to center plated Mark Threlkheld.  Bubba Starling capped off the offense in the next inning when he lifted a two-run bomb over the right-field fence.

      All of the Rocks' runs came against Dash starter Tony Bucciferro (6-7).  The right-hander got chased with two down in the fifth, after allowing 11 hits.  Kyle Bartsch worked the final two frames for Wilmington without yielding a run.

      The Blue Rocks return to action Saturday night at Frawley Stadium when they continue this three-game series.  Wilmington will send southpaw Jonathan Dziedzic (5-5, 3.00) to the mound, while Winston-Salem will counter with righty Terrance Marin (2-0, 2.37). First pitch is slated for 7 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM.

      PEBBLES OF KNOWLEDGE:

      Glenn Sparkman took a no-hitter deeper into a game than any Blue Rocks pitcher this season.  Luis Santos was the only other Wilmington hurler to make it through five frames without yielding a knock in 2014.  The right-hander yielded his first hit with one out in the sixth inning of his first career Advanced-A start on May 31 at Frederick.  Sparkman also turned in only the third start by a Blue Rocks pitcher not named Christian Binford that lasted at least seven innings.  Binford did it five times on his own.  Wilmington is now 7-1 in Sparkman's eight starts.  Since shifting to the rotation Sparkman has posted a 2-1 mark and a 1.13 ERA.  His only loss came when he yielded one run in six innings as the Hillcats no-hit the Blue Rocks on June 27.

      Michael Antonio continued his recent torrid stretch at the plate on Friday.  The designated hitter went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in the Rocks' 5-0 triumph.  Antonio now has multiple hits in six of his last eight games.  Over that stretch he his 16-for-30 with eight extra-base hits, nine RBIs and eight runs scored.  During that stretch Antonio has raised his batting average 76 points, from .187 to .263.

      THEY SAID IT, Manager Darryl Kennedy:

      “I knew he had very good location with his fastball right away.  Last time we were here, I thought we really got hurt on our breaking ball, and Glenn went out there tonight and really had a good game plan tonight.  He and [Cam Gallagher] worked really well together tonight.  Sparkman was able to use his fastball in counts going up in the zone when he had to.  He also got a lot of groundball outs.  He threw a really, really good ball game."

      "The seventh inning was his last inning no matter what.  It's crazy because he's our one guy that's on an 85-pitch pitch limit.  If he's a normal guy on a 100-pitch limit he's got a chance to go nine innings there.  But the seventh inning was his last no matter what."

      "We manufactured some runs tonight and also got a big hit on Bubba [Starling's] homer.  You normally don't bunt in the second inning, but I just felt like we needed to get a run on the board.  It worked out for us and kind of relaxed everybody and the offense kind of picked up after that.  We've got to do what we've got to do.  There are times when we have to play small ball.  We swung the bats well tonight, but we're not the type of offense that's going to consistently put up 12 hits on the board.  From here-on-out we've got to make the most of every opportunity."

      "Well, every time I've said that I thought we were turning the corner, we didn't turn the corner.  So you know what? I'm not going to say anything about the corner.  We'll just have to wait and see."

      Starting Pitcher Glenn Sparkman:

      “I just kept doing what I was doing.  As the game went on I was getting a pretty good feel for my pitches.  There was a feeling in the air.  Everything felt good when I was warming up, there was a big crowd, and it just felt like it was going to be a big night.  I went out there focused on throwing strikes and I was able to get it done."

      "That was the furthest I have taken a no-hitter into a game, dating back even as far as Little League.  I didn't really think about it though, because when you start getting that in your mind you lose focus on what you're supposed to do and lose track of the task a hand.  So I kept going out there every inning with a fresh slate, just focused on pounding the strike zone."

      "We're not a very superstitious group.  We didn't do anything different tonight when [the no-hitter] was going on.  None of that kind of stuff"

      "I think that rough week where we got no-hit back-to-back really got into guys' minds.  We've been working really hard and have been really sharp since then."

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    • July 3, 2014 1:12 AM EDT
    • From: "Matt Janus via RocksMedia"
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      Subject: [Rocks Media] Blue Rocks Victorious In Rain-Shortened Game Against        Nationals

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      Blue Rocks Victorious In Rain-Shortened Game Against Nationals

      Gallagher Homers, Walter Throws 4.1 Shutout Innings In Relief

       

      Wilmington, DE – Wilmington’s longest weather delay of the year couldn’t keep the Blue Rocks from a 4-0 rain-shortened victory over the Potomac Nationals Wednesday night at Frawley Stadium. The game was delayed for two hours and 11 minutes after a half inning because of rain and lightning. However, the skies cleared in time for a 9:30 p.m. start time and when the game got underway, the Blue Crew jumped ahead quickly and never looked back. Rain stopped play again after seven innings and the game was called after a 37-minute delay. With the win, Wilmington improved to 39-43 overall and 6-8 in the second half.  

       

      Prior to the initial weather delay, the two clubs played a half inning. Sean Manaea tossed a scoreless top of the first for the Blue Rocks but did not continue to pitch when play resumed. Instead, it was Johnny Walter who entered the game and tossed 4.1 outstanding frames in relief. He retired the first 12 batters he faced and punched out six.

       

      After the game was re-started, Wilmington pushed across an early run in the second inning off of Ian Dickson, who replaced Brian Rauh on the mound. Rauh warmed up but never threw a pitch. Cody Stubbs yanked a one-out triple into the right-field corner and then scored on an RBI single to left from Cam Gallagher

       

      Wilmington extended its lead to 3-0 with a pair of runs in the fifth inning. Gallagher ripped a long homer to left to lead off the frame. Ramon Torres, who was playing in his first game for the Rocks, followed with a triple. He scored on an RBI groundout from Jared Schlehuber.

       

      Raul Mondesi continued the Blue Rocks’ offensive barrage with a leadoff single off of Richie Mirowski. He advanced to second on a groundout by Michael Antonio and scored on an RBI single from Stubbs.

       

      Walter (4-1, 3.82) picked up the win for the Blue Rocks while Dickson (1-6, 6.11) suffered the defeat for Potomac.

       

      The Blue Rocks return to action Thursday night at Frawley Stadium for the third and final game against the Potomac Nationals. Wilmington will send Glenn Sparkman () to the mound. First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM. For tickets, call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com. 

       

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      Johnny Walter turned in, by far, his best relief outing of the year. It was also his longest. He tossed 4.1 scoreless frames after the two hour and 11 minute weather delay forced Sean Manaea out of the game after an inning. Walter struck out six, including five of the first six he faced and did not issue a free pass. He yielded just one base hit, which was to the second-to-last hitter he faced. Walter had worked multiple innings in nine of his previous 15 relief outings and three innings twice. As a whole, the Blue Rocks bullpen has been one of the team’s strengths in 2014. Collectively, the ‘pen has posted a 17-12 record and a 3.06 ERA in 279.2 innings pitched. They have struck out 259 and walked 89.

       

      Wednesday’s weather-shortened 4-0 victory over Potomac featured more delay time than actual game time. After a half inning of play, rain and lightning forced the contest to be halted at 7:18 p.m. Play resumed at 9:29 p.m. after a two hour and 11 minute delay. The length of the interruption in play burned both starting pitchers. Sean Manaea threw 24 pitches in one shutout inning for the Blue Rocks. Brian Rauh never did throw a pitch in the game. Play was stopped again after the seventh inning with the Blue Rocks leading 4-0 and a 37-minute delay ensued. The game was called after that.

       

      The Blue Rocks picked up their sixth shutout win of the season in Wednesday’s seven-inning 4-0 win over the Nationals. Wilmington is now 7-3 in shutouts this year and those seven victories are second in the league to the Salem Red Sox’s eight blankings. The team’s most recent shutout victory had been on June 13 at Frawley Stadium against the Carolina Mudcats. It was a combined effort between Christian Binford and Kyle Bartsch in the opening game of a doubleheader. Binford tossed six innings and struck out five while Bartsch completed the game with a scoreless seventh. Wilmington has shut out Winston-Salem twice, Carolina three times, Frederick once and now Potomac once. The Blue Crew has been shut out once by Winston-Salem, once by Carolina and once by Lynchburg.

       

      Cam Gallagher has flexed his muscle a little bit in Wednesday night’s win over the Nationals. Gallagher went 2-for-2 with a homer, a run, two RBIs and a walk. The home run was his second long ball of the year and a no-doubt-about it shot out of the ballpark to left. Gallagher has heated up in a big way lately. In Wilmington’s last 10 games, he is batting .320 (8-for-25) with two homers, four runs and 10 RBIs. On the campaign, Gallagher owns a .225 batting average to go along with 16 runs, 12 doubles, no triples, two homers and 23 RBIs. He has struck out 23 times and walked 23 times while playing in 57 games for the Blue Crew. 

       

      THEY SAID IT:

       

      “That’s probably the biggest disappointment for any starting pitcher, [Sean Manaea] waits five days to get to pitch and then one inning into it rain comes and he’s shut down. He got a little wild there but for the most part the ball was coming out of his hand pretty good. Like his last outing, I thought he was going to throw the ball well.”

       

      “There’s no lobbying when it comes to something like [pitching after a delay]. We have a 30-minute rule [and] once those 30 minutes are up he’s done. He’s starting to find his groove. The fastball command is starting to get there a little bit. He’s just repeating his delivery, that’s the big thing. You’ve got a big guy out there, he’s a big man on the mound and he’s got a lot of moving parts. It’s just going to take him a little bit to smooth those out. As the season’s gone on he’s gotten better and better and I think there is still more in there for him. He’s making pretty solid progress.”

       

      “An outstanding performance by [Johnny] Walter. He was the most rested guy in the ‘pen, he hadn’t pitched in four or five days so we were hoping to get him to the fifth. If he could just get us four innings, that’s what our goal was and then after he finished the fifth inning we looked up and I think he had 40 pitches at the time so after that it was just a matter of trying to squeeze an out here and there to try and save the bullpen because anytime you have to bring someone in in the second inning you’re going to tax your bullpen and he picked us up. It was the best I’ve seen him throw this year. He was very impressive.”

       

      [Cam Gallagher] swung the bat well, no doubt about it. An RBI single there in the second inning and then probably the furthest ball he’s hit this year. He put some good swings on it. I know he’s done a lot in the cage with Milt [Thompson] working on his swing and trying to get back to what he has done before and it’s starting to payoff.”

      Starting Pitcher Sean Manaea: 

       

      “It’s kind of frustrating just because, carrying over from last start I thought it was my best outing, I felt like I was actually pitching and I was going out and throwing strikes. I felt like I was going to carry that into this game. I know I gave up a walk but I felt good in that first inning and just having the rain come and not being able to pitch kind of frustrating because I want to get on a roll and start stringing together some quality starts in a row. Hopefully my next outing comes and I’ll just keep on rolling and just keep pitching well.”

       

      “[The six-game losing streak] was kind of a low for us but I know that the pitchers are coming through, especially Jonny Walter and [Yender] Caramo coming through, they shut the door and pitched extremely well tonight, I’m happy for them. The hitters were coming through getting hits in key situations. It was a nice team win.”

       

      Catcher Cam Gallagher: 

       

      “It is pretty difficult [coming back after a delay like that]. Looking at the radar a lot of guys are saying there’s no way we’re going to play but you’ve got to mentally keep yourself in the game and be prepared mentally and physically to go out there and play.”

       

      [Sean] Manaea’s been stepping up his game a lot lately. He’s been pitching really well. [Johnny] Walter came out of the ‘pen and was lights out, throwing a lot of strikes. He was throwing all of his pitches for strikes and being able to use them effectively. It was good for the pitching staff and the hitters to come through with a win.”

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    • July 2, 2014 12:05 AM EDT
    •  [Rocks Media] Blue Rocks Open Homestand With Blowout Win Over        Nationals

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      Blue Rocks Open Homestand With Blowout Win Over Nationals

      Wilmington Scores Four Times In Fourth, Three Times In Fifth During 8-2 Victory

       

      Wilmington, DE – Wilmington’s offense broke out of its extended slump in a big way Tuesday night, scoring four runs in the fourth and three in the fifth en route to an 8-2 Blue Rocks victory over the Potomac Nationals at Frawley Stadium. With the win, Wilmington improved to 38-43 overall and 5-8 in the second half. The victory also brought the Blue Crew’s season-high six-game losing streak to a close. 

       

      Wilmington jumped on the board, 1-0, in the first inning courtesy of a fielding error by shortstop Stephen Perez. Raul Mondesi reached on a one-out single and then stole second base. He then moved to third on a wild pitch by Nationals starter Matthew Spann. With two outs in the frame, Michael Antonio bounced a ball to Perez that went through his legs into left field, allowing Mondesi to score the first run of the ballgame.

       

      Bubba Starling kicked off the Blue Rocks’ four-run fourth with a base hit to left. Michael Antonio then drilled a ball to left-center field for an RBI double to plate Starling and make it 2-0, Wilmington. Zane Evans followed with a single to put runners at the corners for Cam Gallagher. Gallagher lifted a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Antonio to extend the Blue Crew lead to 3-0.  Spann continued to struggle and uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Evans to advance to second. Cody Stubbs tripled him home with a deep fly ball to left-center field. Spann’s second wild pitch of the inning drove home Stubbs, giving Wilmington a 5-0 lead.

       

      In the fifth inning, it was once again the heart of the Blue Rocks order that came through. Mondesi reached with one out in the frame on a throwing error by second-baseman Tony Renda. Starling was then hit by a pitch, which put a pair of runners aboard for the red-hot Antonio. Antonio ripped another RBI double, this one to deep center field, plating Mondesi from second and Starling from first.  Antonio scored later in on an RBI double from Gallagher to make it 8-1 Wilmington.

       

      Potomac scored individual tallies in the fifth and the eighth innings. Shawn Pleffner led off the top of the fifth with a triple and scored on a single by Randolph Oduber. In the eighth inning, Estarlin Martinez and Tony Renda hit back-to-back one-out singles. Martinez came plateward on a two-out RBI knock by Oscar Tejeda.

       

      Luis Santos (1-1, 7.06) earned his first win at the Advanced-A level for Wilmington. He threw 5.2 fantastic frames and gave up just one run on a hit and three walks. Spann (5-3, 4.45) suffered his third defeat of the year for Potomac.

       

      The Blue Rocks return to action Wednesday night at Frawley Stadium for game two of three against the Nationals. Wilmington will send southpaw Sean Manaea (2-7, 4.83) to the mound while Potomac will counter with right-hander Brian Rauh (1-1, 3.86). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM. For tickets, call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com. 

       

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      Luis Santos was fantastic Tuesday night against the Nationals; he yielded just one run on three hits and one walk across 5.2 sterling frames. It was a great bounceback performance after his previous outing, which was his worst of the season. Santos allowed seven runs on nine hits in just two innings against the Lynchburg Hillcats on June 24. The 6-foot right-hander is 1-1 with an ERA of 7.06 in six starts for the Blue Rocks. He has struck out 18, given up 35 hits and walked nine in 29.1 innings pitched. He began the year with Low-A Lexington and was tremendous there. For the Legends, he was 4-1 with a 1.76 ERA in nine appearances (six starts). He let up 33 hits, struck out 34 and walked five there in 46 innings pitched. In his first start for the Blue Rocks on May 31, he took a no-hitter into the sixth inning but ultimately allowed two runs on three hits over six innings.

       

      Blue Rocks infielder Michael Antonio has been on a tear at the plate recently. He went 2-for-4 at the Tuesday with two doubles, two runs and three RBIs. Over his last six games, Antonio is batting a combined .565 (13-for-23) with six runs, six doubles, two homers and eight RBIs. He has seen his batting average for the season rise 67 points, from .187 to .254, over that stretch. He has scored 21 runs, doubled 12 times, tripled once, homered four times and driven in 23 runs in 2014 for Wilmington. Antonio has been at his best with runners on base. He is batting .303 with runners on base this season and .203 with the bases empty. Like Luis Santos, Antonio began the year at Low-A Lexington prior to earning a promotion in May. With the Legends, he hit .313 with 21 runs, six doubles, four homers and 23 RBIs in 32 games.

       

      Cam Gallagher was Wilmington’s designated hitter on Tuesday night for the first time this season. The right-handed hitting catcher has been the Blue Rocks’ primary backstop in 2014. Both he and Zane Evans have split the catching duties for the Blue Crew this year, with Gallagher getting more time behind the plate and Evans getting more starts as the designated hitter. Gallagher has started 55 games as the team’s catcher and caught 449.2 innings, while Evans has started 28 games behind the dish and caught 221.2 frames. Evans has been Wilmington’s designated hitter 33 times this year. He has hit .264 as the designated hitter and .206 as a catcher.

       

      Tuesday night’s victory over the Potomac Nationals snapped Wilmington’s season-high six-game losing streak. The first three games came at Frawley Stadium against the Lynchburg Hillcats and the final three at Salem Memorial Ballpark against the Salem Red Sox. During the six-game skid, the Blue Rocks were no-hit in back-to-back games by the Hillcats and walked off on by the Red Sox. The no-hitters were Thursday and Friday, in the final two games against the Hillcats. The Red Sox walked off on the Blue Rocks in the series finale in Salem, courtesy of a two-run homer by Ryan Dent. The club's previous season-high had been a five-game losing between April 5 and April 10. The first two contests were losses to the Winston-Salem Dash in the season's opening series. The final three defeats came in a three-game sweep by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Three of those were one-run losses and one was a two-run defeat.

       

      THEY SAID IT:

       

      Manager Darryl Kennedy:

       

      “Those six games, they felt really long. It’s nice to come out and get a win. We swung the bats pretty well and [Luis] Santos [pitched well] after having a tough start in the last one.”

       

      [Michael] Antonio, the last three games, has really been swinging the bat. He swung the bat well in Salem and he continues to get hits. It’s nice to see the guys piecing together some hits. The biggest thing [he’s been doing] is just getting his pitch to hit and being able to hit it. We tend to chase too many pitches out of the zone, that’s been our Achilles heel this year but Michael has done a really good job of not doing that and it shows.”

       

      [Luis Santos] did a really good job. He was able to locate and stay ahead. He used all of his pitches well tonight and, for the most part he stayed down in the zone; that’s key for him. [To come back like that after his last start], it speaks volumes. It gives him the confidence that he might have started doubting after the last outing. It’s a big confidence booster for him to come back and pitch a good ballgame. From the first pitch on he was able to locate his fastball. ”

       

      First-Baseman Michael Antonio:

       

      “I talk to Manny Ramirez a lot. [We] have a very good relationship; he’s one of my mentors. He sends me videos of drills I can before the game and it’s helped a lot. He said I should start having some success and that’s what’s happened. We went to the same high school and played for the same coach. In the offseason we workout together and it helps a lot to work with a veteran like that. I would say I’m blessed. To have a guy like that take the time to work with me, and Miguel Tejada as well, it’s really good and it’s something where you have to feel really blessed because they’re working with me and I’m not even in the big leagues yet so I’m thankful for that.”

       

      “There’s still two months left of baseball. We can’t put our heads down, we’ve just got to keep battling everyday and just keep fighting. Just keep doing what [Darryl Kennedy] told us, just play hard and good things will happen.”

       

      “It’s really good [to win by six] because the hardest thing to do is, when everything is going wrong, it’s hard to find that good spot. Little by little we’re finding it and we’re going to keep fighting because we’re a very talented team. We’re just going to keep working hard everyday and playing hard.”

       

      Left-Fielder Cody Stubbs:

       

      “It’s baseball, things like [the losing streak] happen. We’ve been hitting the ball hard for a while and today the balls started landing for us. Things are getting back on the right track. [To get out of it] Just stay calm, just staying with the same approach. Really nothing different, things just fell in the right place for us.”

       

      “It’s a tough group of guys in that locker room. You’ve just got to come out here with the same mindset every day, the same approach and just keep going because it’s not going to stop. The games are just going to keep on coming. You always want to jump on top of a team and put them away when you have the chance and that’s what we did tonight.”

       

      “I hadn’t played there in a little while but I am feeling better. I enjoy it out there; it’s fun. It’s definitely a nice change of pace. There’s nothing else better than getting reps off the bat during BP. If you watch Daniel Rockett, Bubba Starling, and Terrance Gore out there, how many reps they take during batting practice, and that’s what makes them so great.”

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      Offense Quiet Again As Blue Rocks Lose 4-2 In Salem

      Defeat Is Season-High Tying Fifth Straight For Wilmington

      Salem, VA – The struggles continued for the Wilmington offense on Sunday afternoon, as the Blue Rocks managed just a single unearned run in a 4-2 loss to the Salem Red Sox.  It was the Blue Crew's fifth consecutive defeat and their fourth straight game scoring two-or-fewer runs.  With the setback, Wilmington dropped to a season-worst five games below .500 overall (37-42) and three games below sea level since the All-Star break (4-7).

      Both starting pitchers turned in quality outings.  Salem's Pat Light scattered five hits over five frames.  The right-hander allowed several hard-hit balls by the Wilmington offense, but most of them turned into outs as he yielded just a single unearned score. 

      Right from the start it was clear fortune was on Light's side.  The first batter he faced hit a line drive off the top of the left-field fence, but Jack Lopez was thrown out trying for second base.  Later, Light (2-4) got outs on four scolded liners to the outfield, and induced an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play in the fourth.  Wilmington scored its first run off of Light when Jantzen Witte booted a two-out ground ball to third in the fifth.  The two-out miscue allowed Daniel Rockett to come home.  Wilmington tried to do further damage that frame, but Reed Gragnani robbed Jared Schlehuber with a diving stop on a grounder up the middle that the second baseman turned into an inning-ending fielder's choice.

      Meanwhile, Wilmington starter Christian Binford was perfect through the first three frames, but allowed single tallies in the fourth and fifth innings on his way to the tough-luck loss.  The 10th-ranked prospect in the Royals system, according to Baseball America, worked six strong innings, fanning seven and walking none, while allowing just five hits and the two runs.  It was the fifth straight start for the right-hander without yielding a base on balls.

      Salem added a pair of insurance scores against reliever Yender Caramo in the seventh and eighth innings.  Aneury Tavarez singled to lead off the seventh and went from first to third when Caramo threw the ball into the right field corner trying to pick him off.  Kevin Heller followed with an RBI single to put the Red Sox up by two.  In the eighth, Michael Miller led off with a double and went to third on a groundout by Witte.  Caramo delivered a wild pitch to plate Miller.

      The Rocks had their best scoring chance in the top of the eighth inning.  They loaded the bases with just one away on back-to-back singles by Michael Antonio and Cody Stubbs and a Rockett walk.  Mark Donato tried to lift a sacrifice fly to center but it wasn't quite deep enough to score the run.  Terrance Gore grounded out to second to end the inning.  The Rocks did manage to score one run in the ninth on a Schlehuber sacrifice fly but never were able to bring the tying run to the plate.

      The Blue Rocks return to action Monday night at Salem Memorial Stadium for the series finale against the Red Sox.  Wilmington will send righty Miguel Almonte (5-3, 4.16) to the mound while Salem will counter with southpaw Corey Littrell (4-4, 4.27).  First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM.  The Rocks will be back at Frawley Stadium on Tuesday night for the first game of a brief three-game homestand against the Potomac Nationals.  For tickets, call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com. 

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      Jack Lopez turned in perhaps one of his best all-around performances at the plate this season.  The right-handed hitting second baseman went 2-for-2 with three walks and two stolen bases, reaching safely in all five of his plate appearances.  Entering play, Lopez had been 0-for-12 at the plate over his last four games.  His season-high in hits is three, which he has accomplished twice.  On April 21 at Myrtle Beach, Lopez was 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.  He swiped one bag that night.  Lopez also recorded three hits on May 8 at Frawley Stadium against Lynchburg.  He went 3-for-4 with a double that night.  Lopez has drawn 19 bases on balls in 2014 but, prior to Sunday, his season high in a game had been one. Sunday's trio of free passes tripled that season-best total.  Lopez is batting .224 on the year with 12 doubles, one homer and 17 RBIs.

      Wilmington's struggles with runners on base reared their head again in Sunday night's 4-2 loss to Salem.  The Blue Crew left 11 men on the basepaths, five of them in scoring position.  They had several chances with multiple runners on base and less than two outs.  However, the Rocks went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.  On the season, the Blue Rocks have left 521 runners on base compared with 404 stranded by their opponents.  The club now owns a .219 (155-for-707) average with runners in scoring position in 2014.

      Salem put the leadoff hitter on base in each of the final five frames of the ballgame.  All five reached with hits and three of those knocks were doubles.  Those five leadoff baserunners were the difference in the contest, as they led to all four of Salem's four runs.  Matty Johnson led off the fourth with a single and came around to score on an RBI hit later in the inning by Jantzen Witte.  Aneury Tavarez doubled at the start of the fifth inning and scored on an RBI single by Leonel Escobar.  In the seventh inning, it was Tavarez coming through again for the Red Sox, this time with a single.  Kevin Heller plated him with a base hit.  Michael Miller doubled to kick off the eighth and scored on a wild pitch by Yender Caramo.  Both Caramo and Christian Binford, the Blue Rocks starter, gave up two of those tallies apiece.

      Sunday's loss to Salem was Wilmington's fifth straight defeat, tying the team's season-high. The Blue Rocks were swept at home by the Lynchburg Hillcats to start this stretch and they have now dropped the first two contests against the Salem Red Sox. The club's first five-game losing streak came between April 5 and April 10. The first two contests were losses to the Winston-Salem Dash in the season's opening series. The final three defeats came in a three-game sweep by the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. Three of those were one-run losses and one was a two-run defeat.

      THEY SAID IT

      Manager Darryl Kennedy:

      "We've got to start coming through in big spots.  We went hitless with runners in scoring position.  We had the opportunity -- down two runs with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth -- and couldn't get anything.  We had our chances, but the bottom line is we've got to do a better job with runners in scoring position."


      "We've only got three outfielders and we needed to give [Bubba Starling and Raul Mondesi] a day off in a long stretch of games [so the lineup adjusted accordingly].  We put Kenny [Diekroeger] up there in the two-hole because he's been swinging the bat well lately.  [Jack Lopez] did a great job in the lead-off spot [Sunday].  We definitely need to get Jack going as well as everybody else.  We've got to get this thing turned around, no doubt about it.  Fortunately it's still early in the half, and we've got a lot of games left, but the sense of urgency needs to be now."

      "Christian Binford threw the ball really well.  Unfortunately he just made a couple of mistakes, missing up in the zone with two outs and a couple guys at second base, but overall he pitched well.  Certainly well enough to win the game."

      Infielder Jack Lopez:

      "We're taking baby steps after those two games we had with Lynchburg. Yesterday we got the bats going. Today we had runners on base but weren't able to get them in. We'll be out there tomorrow battling our butts off again."

      "It felt real good. I was able to get on base for the boys. I wasn't able to score but it was good for me to get going now, get good at bats and start putting them together. Hopefully we'll get going soon."

      "We're really tough guys. We're men. This team, we back each other up 100 percent no matter what it is. We have great team bonding, team chemistry. That's a big part. Whether we win or lose, we've got to go out there and bust our butts. We have to tip our caps to the pitchers. If it weren't for them we wouldn't be where we are now. We've just got to keep going out there and battling."

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      Sims, Wilson, Combine To No-Hit Blue Rocks In 5-1 Loss To Hillcats

      No-No Is First Thrown Against Wilmington Since 2012

       

      Wilmington, DE – Lucas Sims and Alex Wilson combined to no-hit the Blue Rocks in a 5-1 Wilmington loss to the Lynchburg Hillcats Thursday night at Frawley Stadium. It was the first time the Blue Crew had been no-hit since Nick Tepesch and Jimmy Reyes combined to accomplish the feat for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans on May 19, 2012. The defeat dropped the Rocks to 37-39 overall on the season and 4-4 in the second half.

       

      Sims was tremendous for the Hillcats and did not allow a base hit across his seven frames of work. He punched out six and walked four while yielding just a single tally. The right-handed hurler was removed from the game after throwing 101 pitches, 59 of them for strikes. Wilson followed him into the game and tossed two scoreless frames while striking out three and walking two. Wilson pitched a perfect ninth inning to complete the no-no and struck out Jack Lopez for the final out of the ballgame.

       

      Lynchburg went ahead, 5-1, in the seventh inning after the Hillcats batted around to score four times in the frame. With one out, Jose Martinez and Kevin Ahrens ripped back-to-back singles off of Blue Rocks starter Sean Manaea. Wilmington manager Darryl Kennedy then removed Manaea from the game for Zeb Sneed. Sneed’s first pitch to David Nick was a wild one, sending Martinez to third and Ahrens to second. Nick was then intentionally walked to load the bases for Emerson Landoni. 

       

      Landoni drew an RBI walk to force home Martinez and hand the Hillcats a 2-1 lead. Tyler Tewell followed with a sacrifice fly to make it 3-1. Nick and Landoni also advanced a bag, leaving runners at second and third. Daniel Carroll and Eric Garcia finished off the four-run Lynchburg rally with back-to-back RBI singles.

       

      The four-run Lynchburg seventh spoiled a fantastic outing by Manaea. The southpaw turned in his finest outing of the season and yielded just three runs on four hits in 6.1 frames. He struck out five and walked only two. Manaea was very pitch-efficient and threw a mere 80 pitches, 55 of them for strikes.

      Wilmington scored its lone run in the fifth inning, which at the time tied the score at one apiece. Lopez drew a one-out walk and advanced to second on a passed ball by Sims. Daniel Rockett then reached on an error by shortstop Daniel Castro. The miscue also allowed Lopez to move to third. Terrance Gore’s RBI fielder’s choice plated Lopez.

       

      The Hillcats struck first with one run in the top of the fifth inning. Nick drew a one-out free pass and moved to second on a groundout by Landoni. He came in to score on an RBI single by Tewell, who was thrown out trying to take second.

       

      Sims (6-5, 4.71) picked up his sixth win of the year for Lynchburg while Manaea (2-7, 4.83) suffered his seventh loss for Wilmington.

       

      The Blue Rocks return to action Friday night at Frawley Stadium for the rubber match of a three-game set against against the Hillcats. Wilmington will send righty Glenn Sparkman (3-1, 1.79) to the mound while Lynchburg will counter with fellow righty Cody Scarpetta (1-1, 3.00). First pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. and fans can listen to the broadcast on 89.7 WGLS-FM. For tickets, call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com. 

       

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      Prior to Thursday, the most recent no-hitter thrown against the Blue Rocks was on May 19, 2012, at Frawley Stadium against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. In that contest, right-hander Nick Tepesch and southpaw Jimmy Reyes combined to blank the Rocks in a 3-0 Pelicans victory. Tepesch threw 7.1 sterling frames and punched out nine. Like Sims did on Thursday night, Tepesch issued four free passes to the Blue Rocks. Reyes struck out two and finished up the game with 1.2 perfect frames. Tepesch made 12 starts for Myrtle Beach in 2012 and went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA. The 25-year-old is currently in his second year in the Majors with the Texas Rangers. He is 2-3 with a 4.38 ERA in seven starts this season for the Big League club. In his Major League career, Tepesch has gone 6-9 with a 4.38 ERA in 26 appearances (24 starts). He has whiffed 100 and issued 42 free passes. Reyes has not yet played in the Major Leagues and is currently pitching for Double-A Frisco. He is 3-2 in 2014 with a 4.88 ERA in 25 relief appearances. During his Minor League career, Reyes has gone 19-11 with a 2.75 ERA in 161 games.

       

      Sean Manaea turned in, by far, his best start of the season Thursday night against the Hillcats. The talented southpaw completed 6.1 frames and yielded three runs on four hits while striking out five and walking two. The 6-foot-5 hurler is 2-7 on the season with a 4.83 ERA in 14 starts. He has given up 64 hits and 29 walks while striking out 78 in 59.2 innings pitched. Manaea’s 78 punchouts rank fourth in the Carolina League, just seven behind teammate Christian Binford and one behind both Parker Bridwell of Frederick and Cole Sulser of Carolina. Entering play on Thursday night, Manaea had completed five frames in just five of his first 13 starts. He had not yet recorded an out beyond the fifth inning. Through six innings Thursday night, Manaea had let up just one run on two hits. With one away in the seventh, though, Manaea allowed two consecutive hits and was removed for Zeb Sneed. The final two tallies scored as inherited runs after the southpaw left the ballgame. Manaea has been significantly better at home this year than on the road. He has posted a 2-3 record and a 3.75 ERA in eight starts at Frawley Stadium. Away from home, Manaea is 0-4 with a 6.46 ERA.

       

      The Blue Rocks saw their streak of five consecutive games with a home run come to an end Thursday night against the Hillcats. That streak, which was the team’s season-best, lasted from the Wilmington’s June 21 game at Myrtle Beach through Wednesday night’s series opener with Lynchburg. During that five-game stretch, the Blue Rocks hit a combined 12 home runs, which is more than the team hit during the entire months of April (4) and May (10). The Blue Crew hit three homers against Lynchburg on Wednesday and a season-high four in Tuesday’s series finale against Frederick, which gave them a combined seven long balls during the last two games of the streak. Cody Stubbs left the yard twice on Tuesday, which gave Wilmington its first two-homer performance of the season. Stubbs has a team-high seven dingers this season. Prior to this stretch, Wilmington had left the yard in back-to-back games just once in 2014. Michael Antonio hit his first home run as a Blue Rock on May 11 against the Lynchburg Hillcats while Jack Lopez launched a walk-off homer on May 12 against the Salem Red Sox. Both games were at Frawley Stadium, where Wilmington has hit 11 of its 31 total home runs in 2014.

       

      THEY SAID IT

       

      Manager Darryl Kennedy:

       

      “When a team throws a no-hitter you’ve got to give them the credit. [Lucas Simms] threw a great game. He buzzed us up close enough to get us uncomfortable and made pitches when he had to. I’m not going to knock anything they did. They threw a no-hitter, congratulations to them. I mean, what are you going to do.”

       

      “We were fortunate to have a tie ballgame and a no-hitter in the fifth inning. We caught a break on the error and had a runner at third, with [Terrance] Gore’s speed he was able to beat it out and get an RBI. There’s not much you can do when you don’t get any hits.”

       

      Sean [Manaea] I thought threw the ball very well, I really do. It was the first time this year he’s gone into the seventh inning. I was very pleased with how he threw the ball. Those first five innings were very good. It’s a tough loss for him.”

       

      “After the fourth inning I was like, ‘Frawley’s back.’ Like I said, congratulations to them. [Lucas Simms] threw a great game for seven innings and [Alex Wilson] came in and stuck it.”

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      Twelve Former Blue Rocks To Take Stage In Game Seven

      Wilmington's Parent Club Battles For Championship On Wednesday Thanks To Efforts of Former Rocks In Game Six

       

      Wilmington, DE– Twelve former Wilmington Blue Rocks stand on the precipice of earning baseball's biggest prize on Wednesday, as the Kansas City Royals host the San Francisco Giants in Game Seven of the World Series. First pitch is slated for 8:07 p.m. The do-or-die winner-take-all stage was born thanks to the Royals' 10-0 romp in Game Six on Tuesday in Kansas City.

       

      Yordano Ventura, who was a Carolina League All Star while pitching for the Blue Rocks in 2012, was the biggest factor in extending the series. The right-hander tossed seven scoreless innings, weaving his way around four walks and six knocks by holding San Francisco hitless in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position.  Ventura pitched with a heavy heart, having just lost his dear friend and fellow Dominican Republic native Oscar Taveras to a fatal car accident over the weekend. Ventura paid tribute to the St. Louis Cardinals phenom with hand-written tributes on his cap, glove and spikes.   

       

      Mike Moustakas, who led the Rocks in homers in 2009, was one of three Wilmington alums to register two hits each for Kansas City. Moustakas' RBI-double in the second sparked the Royals' decisive seven-run frame. He would add a solo homer in the seventh to cap the evening's scoring. Eric Hosmer also had two hits. The 2010 Carolina League batting champion drove in a pair of runs and scored another.  Hosmer's 2010 Blue Crew teammate, Salvador Perez, went 2-for-4 and scored a run.  Jarrod Dyson (2008 and 2010) entered the game late as a defensive replacement, and was retired in his only plate appearance.

       

      The other players who once called Frawley Stadium home that are on Kansas City's active roster, but did not appear in Game Six, are Greg Holland (2008), Kelvin Herrera (2011), Danny Duffy (2009 and 2010),  Christian Colon (2010), Brandon Finnegan (2014) and Terrance Gore (2014).  

       

      Either way, at least one former Rock will celebrate on Wednesday, as a Giants win will earn Jeremy Affeldt a world championship. Affeldt struggled with Wilmington in 2000, losing 15 games for the Rocks and posting a 4.09 ERA. The southpaw has appeared in three games in this World Series, however, allowing nary a run on two hits in three frames.

       

      Wilmington has been a Royals affiliate for all but two seasons of its modern existence. The Rocks and Kansas City agreed to a two-year extension to their Player Development Contract in August, assuring the Blue Crew will remain a Royals affiliate through at least the 2016 campaign.

       

      The Blue Rocks, who drew 278,316 fans to Frawley Stadium in 2014 and averaged more than 4,300 patrons per game, have released their schedule for the 2015 season.  The campaign will begin on the road at Myrtle Beach on Thursday, April 9.  After a seven-game road trip concludes, the Rocks will return to Wilmington for their Home Opener against the Frederick Keys on Thursday, April 16.  It will be the first of 70 games at Frawley Stadium in 2015. The team will release game times and ticket information for the 2015 campaign later in the offseason. Season seat packages and game plans are available now.  Fans should call 302-888-BLUE or visit BlueRocks.com for more information.

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    • October 3, 2014 1:09 AM EDT
    • From: "Matthew J. Bertram"
      To: "Matthew J. Bertram"
      Sent: Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:40:56 PM
      Subject: MARYLAND BASEBALL - Terps Baseball Announces 2015 Slate 

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                Contact: Matt Bertram (mbertram@umd.edu)

      October 2, 2014                                                                                                                                                                      

       

      Terps Baseball Announces 2015 Slate

      Inaugural Big Ten schedule includes home dates against Indiana and Nebraska

       

      http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209692748&DB_OEM_ID=29700

       

      COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Fresh off its first-ever trip to the Super Regionals and its winningest season in program history, Maryland baseball head coach John Szefc announced the 2015 schedule Thursday. The slate includes 11 games against teams that participated in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and home dates against four-time national champion Cal State Fullerton and two-time defending Big Ten champion Indiana.

       

      Of its 56-game schedule, Maryland will play 15 games against teams with a RPI inside the top 50 from last season. The Terps will play 27 games within the friendly confines of Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, where they complied a 21-7 record during the 2014 season.

       

      “We are excited about this schedule and our first season in the Big Ten,” said Szefc. “The goal of any schedule is to prepare us for the postseason and the high pressure situations you will encounter. We play several teams that were in the NCAA Tournament field a year ago and that experience should pay off throughout the season and hopefully carry into postseason play.”

       

      Maryland opens its 2015 season with seven games on the road. The Terps face Western Kentucky (Feb. 13), Old Dominion (Feb. 14), Coastal Carolina (Feb. 14) and Richmond (Feb. 15) as part of the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach to start the season. Maryland then heads to South Alabama the following weekend for games against the host Jaguars (Feb. 20), UCF (Feb. 21) and Arkansas (Feb. 22).

       

      The Terps open their home schedule the week of Feb. 23. Maryland plays host to VCU (Feb. 24) before its first home weekend series against Appalachian State (Feb. 27 – March 1).

       

      After a mid-week trip to Delaware (March 3), Maryland plays three games at UNC Wilmington (March 6-8) before returning home for a date against Richmond (March 11) and a three-game set against Princeton (March 13-15).

       

      Maryland will play a two-game set on the road at Elon beginning March 17 before playing host to its first-ever Big Ten contest as Minnesota makes the trip to College Park for a weekend series beginning March 20.

       

      After four straight games on the road against James Madison (March 24) and Michigan (March 27-29), the Terps play 11 of their next 12 games at home including eight consecutive beginning with JMU on April 1. Big Ten runner-up Nebraska makes its first trip College Park the weekend of April 3.

       

      Following a match up with West Virginia (April 7), Maryland welcomes Iowa (April 10-12) to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium before a mid-week road trip to Lynchburg to face Liberty (April 14) and the first-ever meeting between Maryland and Cal State Fullerton to take place April 17-19 in College Park.

       

      The Terrapins then hit the road for four straight with a mid-week trip to Richmond to face VCU (April 21) and a weekend series at Purdue (April 24-26).

       

      Maryland wraps up its home-and-home with Delaware on April 28 before closing out its Big Ten home slate with three games against Indiana (May 1-3).

       

      Maryland plays seven of its last eight regular season games away from home beginning with the Ripken Cup in Aberdeen against Towson (May 6) followed by a road trip to Columbus to face Ohio State (May 8-10). Maryland closes its home schedule against Liberty (May 12) before wrapping up the regular season in Evanston against Northwestern (May 15-17).

       

      The Big Ten Tournament will return to Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., after a one-year hiatus in Omaha. The tournament will be held from May 20-24.

       

      -Maryland-

       

       

      Matthew Bertram

      Assistant Director of Media Relations

      University of Maryland

      301-314-8093 | mbertram@umd.edu

       

      Connect with the Terps on Facebook and Twitter.

       From: "Matthew J. Bertram"
      To: "Matthew J. Bertram"
      Sent: Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:40:56 PM
      Subject: MARYLAND BASEBALL - Terps Baseball Announces 2015 Slate 

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                Contact: Matt Bertram (mbertram@umd.edu)

      October 2, 2014                                                                                                                                                                      

       

      Terps Baseball Announces 2015 Slate

      Inaugural Big Ten schedule includes home dates against Indiana and Nebraska

       

      http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209692748&DB_OEM_ID=29700

       

      COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Fresh off its first-ever trip to the Super Regionals and its winningest season in program history, Maryland baseball head coach John Szefc announced the 2015 schedule Thursday. The slate includes 11 games against teams that participated in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and home dates against four-time national champion Cal State Fullerton and two-time defending Big Ten champion Indiana.

       

      Of its 56-game schedule, Maryland will play 15 games against teams with a RPI inside the top 50 from last season. The Terps will play 27 games within the friendly confines of Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, where they complied a 21-7 record during the 2014 season.

       

      “We are excited about this schedule and our first season in the Big Ten,” said Szefc. “The goal of any schedule is to prepare us for the postseason and the high pressure situations you will encounter. We play several teams that were in the NCAA Tournament field a year ago and that experience should pay off throughout the season and hopefully carry into postseason play.”

       

      Maryland opens its 2015 season with seven games on the road. The Terps face Western Kentucky (Feb. 13), Old Dominion (Feb. 14), Coastal Carolina (Feb. 14) and Richmond (Feb. 15) as part of the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach to start the season. Maryland then heads to South Alabama the following weekend for games against the host Jaguars (Feb. 20), UCF (Feb. 21) and Arkansas (Feb. 22).

       

      The Terps open their home schedule the week of Feb. 23. Maryland plays host to VCU (Feb. 24) before its first home weekend series against Appalachian State (Feb. 27 – March 1).

       

      After a mid-week trip to Delaware (March 3), Maryland plays three games at UNC Wilmington (March 6-8) before returning home for a date against Richmond (March 11) and a three-game set against Princeton (March 13-15).

       

      Maryland will play a two-game set on the road at Elon beginning March 17 before playing host to its first-ever Big Ten contest as Minnesota makes the trip to College Park for a weekend series beginning March 20.

       

      After four straight games on the road against James Madison (March 24) and Michigan (March 27-29), the Terps play 11 of their next 12 games at home including eight consecutive beginning with JMU on April 1. Big Ten runner-up Nebraska makes its first trip College Park the weekend of April 3.

       

      Following a match up with West Virginia (April 7), Maryland welcomes Iowa (April 10-12) to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium before a mid-week road trip to Lynchburg to face Liberty (April 14) and the first-ever meeting between Maryland and Cal State Fullerton to take place April 17-19 in College Park.

       

      The Terrapins then hit the road for four straight with a mid-week trip to Richmond to face VCU (April 21) and a weekend series at Purdue (April 24-26).

       

      Maryland wraps up its home-and-home with Delaware on April 28 before closing out its Big Ten home slate with three games against Indiana (May 1-3).

       

      Maryland plays seven of its last eight regular season games away from home beginning with the Ripken Cup in Aberdeen against Towson (May 6) followed by a road trip to Columbus to face Ohio State (May 8-10). Maryland closes its home schedule against Liberty (May 12) before wrapping up the regular season in Evanston against Northwestern (May 15-17).

       

      The Big Ten Tournament will return to Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., after a one-year hiatus in Omaha. The tournament will be held from May 20-24.

       

      -Maryland-

       

       

      Matthew Bertram

      Assistant Director of Media Relations

      University of Maryland

      301-314-8093 | mbertram@umd.edu

       

      Connect with the Terps on Facebook and Twitter.

       From: "Matthew J. Bertram"
      To: "Matthew J. Bertram"
      Sent: Thursday, October 2, 2014 3:40:56 PM
      Subject: MARYLAND BASEBALL - Terps Baseball Announces 2015 Slate 

      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                Contact: Matt Bertram (mbertram@umd.edu)

      October 2, 2014                                                                                                                                                                      

       

      Terps Baseball Announces 2015 Slate

      Inaugural Big Ten schedule includes home dates against Indiana and Nebraska

       

      http://www.umterps.com/ViewArticle.dbml?ATCLID=209692748&DB_OEM_ID=29700

       

      COLLEGE PARK, Md.  Fresh off its first-ever trip to the Super Regionals and its winningest season in program history, Maryland baseball head coach John Szefc announced the 2015 schedule Thursday. The slate includes 11 games against teams that participated in the 2014 NCAA Tournament and home dates against four-time national champion Cal State Fullerton and two-time defending Big Ten champion Indiana.

       

      Of its 56-game schedule, Maryland will play 15 games against teams with a RPI inside the top 50 from last season. The Terps will play 27 games within the friendly confines of Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium, where they complied a 21-7 record during the 2014 season.

       

      “We are excited about this schedule and our first season in the Big Ten,” said Szefc. “The goal of any schedule is to prepare us for the postseason and the high pressure situations you will encounter. We play several teams that were in the NCAA Tournament field a year ago and that experience should pay off throughout the season and hopefully carry into postseason play.”

       

      Maryland opens its 2015 season with seven games on the road. The Terps face Western Kentucky (Feb. 13), Old Dominion (Feb. 14), Coastal Carolina (Feb. 14) and Richmond (Feb. 15) as part of the Caravelle Resort Tournament in Myrtle Beach to start the season. Maryland then heads to South Alabama the following weekend for games against the host Jaguars (Feb. 20), UCF (Feb. 21) and Arkansas (Feb. 22).

       

      The Terps open their home schedule the week of Feb. 23. Maryland plays host to VCU (Feb. 24) before its first home weekend series against Appalachian State (Feb. 27 – March 1).

       

      After a mid-week trip to Delaware (March 3), Maryland plays three games at UNC Wilmington (March 6-8) before returning home for a date against Richmond (March 11) and a three-game set against Princeton (March 13-15).

       

      Maryland will play a two-game set on the road at Elon beginning March 17 before playing host to its first-ever Big Ten contest as Minnesota makes the trip to College Park for a weekend series beginning March 20.

       

      After four straight games on the road against James Madison (March 24) and Michigan (March 27-29), the Terps play 11 of their next 12 games at home including eight consecutive beginning with JMU on April 1. Big Ten runner-up Nebraska makes its first trip College Park the weekend of April 3.

       

      Following a match up with West Virginia (April 7), Maryland welcomes Iowa (April 10-12) to Bob “Turtle” Smith Stadium before a mid-week road trip to Lynchburg to face Liberty (April 14) and the first-ever meeting between Maryland and Cal State Fullerton to take place April 17-19 in College Park.

       

      The Terrapins then hit the road for four straight with a mid-week trip to Richmond to face VCU (April 21) and a weekend series at Purdue (April 24-26).

       

      Maryland wraps up its home-and-home with Delaware on April 28 before closing out its Big Ten home slate with three games against Indiana (May 1-3).

       

      Maryland plays seven of its last eight regular season games away from home beginning with the Ripken Cup in Aberdeen against Towson (May 6) followed by a road trip to Columbus to face Ohio State (May 8-10). Maryland closes its home schedule against Liberty (May 12) before wrapping up the regular season in Evanston against Northwestern (May 15-17).

       

      The Big Ten Tournament will return to Target Field in Minneapolis, Minn., after a one-year hiatus in Omaha. The tournament will be held from May 20-24.

       

      -Maryland-

       

       

      Matthew Bertram

      Assistant Director of Media Relations

      University of Maryland

      301-314-8093 | mbertram@umd.edu

       

      Connect with the Terps on Facebook and Twitter.