Yesterday’s impromptu doubleheader due to a Sunday night rain out was a tale of two innings. In resumed action of Sunday’s game, the Blue Rocks lead 4-2, but Wilmington surrendered five runs in the bottom of the eighth, losing 7-4.
Dusty Odenbach, in for Timothy Melville who started on Sunday night, gave up a two-run homerun and a walk before being replaced by Ryan Dennick. Dennick then gave up three runs off a single and a two-run homer of his own to finish the inning and the scoring, as 7-4 was the final.
However, the second game of the twinbill saw quite a different story, as Wilmington was the team to rally for a victory this time. Wilmington, down 1-0, was held scoreless until the top of the fifth. The Blue Rocks cranked out three runs to take the lead and never looked back as they went on to win 4-1.
The rally started when Gerard Hall hit a two-run double, followed by Whit Merrifield’s RBI single to end the three-run surge in the inning. John Whittleman opened the sixth inning going yard on a solo shot homer. That ended the scoring for either side, as the final was a 4-1 Wilmington victory. The home run was Whittleman’s 10th on the season, making him the first Blue Crewer to break into double-digit home runs.
In a great pitching performance, Noel Arguellas earned his first win on the road this season and first since May. Arguellas allowed just one run in five innings to improve to 3-3 with an ERA of 2.28. The win broke Wilmington’s seven-game losing streak against the Nationals and the series now stands at 2-1 Potomac.
The Blue Rocks and P-Nats look to conclude their four game series tonight at 7:05. Don’t miss any of the action as the Blue Crew looks to even the series! Coverage begins at 6:35 with the Rocks Report, only on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM!