Since Wilmington’s last day off this past Tuesday, the Blue Rocks have been all too familiar with errors. Over their last three games, the Blue Crew has gone 1-2 due largely in part to the eight errors they’ve committed in that time. The most coming from John Whittleman, who committed two errors on Wednesday the 13th and another on Thursday.
Whittleman has countered the errors by powering the Wilmington offense with seven homers over his last eleven games. That stretch has seen Whittleman extend his season total to 15 home runs, putting him on pace to hit 23 this season. That would put him just short of Larry Sutton, who set the franchise record with 26 in 1994.
The Blue Crew extended another streak last night as they have now committed errors for nine straight games. The latest two came from Whit Merrifield and Gerard Hall in last night’s 6-4 loss to the Frederick Keys.
Last night’s affair also saw the usually reliable Noel Arguelles chased off the mound by the Keys’ bats. Manager Brian Rupp gave Arguelles the hook after 1.2 innings of work after letting up five runs on four hits.
Wilmington battled back with RBIs from Whit Merrifield, Nick Van Stratten, and Travis Jones. Whit Merrifield made it home in the bottom of the first after Frederick’s Dale Mollenhauer committed a fielding error. The bats went silent for both teams following Wilmington’s three-run bottom of the fourth. A Blue Crew come back wasn’t in the cards, as the final score was a 6-4 Frederick victory.
Tonight, Wilmington looks to learn from their mistakes and get back to within 2.5 games of the Potomac Nationals. The Blue Rocks finish their homestand and series against Frederick as Tyler Sample takes the mound (6-6, 4.54ERA) against Ryohei Tanaka (5-3, 3.32ERA) of the Keys.
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