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Game Recap: Wilmington Blue Rocks Rebound For 8-1 Win against the Aberdeen IronBirds
After two tough losses, the Wilmington Blue Rocks were able to pick up the final game of their series against the Aberdeen IronBirds 8-1 on Sunday, August 28.
Starting on the mound for the Blue Rocks was Evan Lee, here in Wilmington from the Washington Nationals, on a rehab assignment after being placed on the IL back in June with a left flexor strain. In his first inning of work, Lee made it out cleanly after walking Aberdeen’s lead-off batter Darell Hernaiz.
In the backend of the inning, the Blue Rocks’ offense got right to work, with Justin Connell and Onix Vega getting on base with a double and single, respectively. This allowed Leandro Emiliani to hit a three-run blast to right field off the first pitch of his at-bat. Emiliani’s second home run of the season gave Wilmington an early 3-0 lead.
Cody Wilson kept things going when he hit a single and then stole second and third base, two of his three stolen bags of the day. While stealing third, Aberdeen’s catcher, Connor Pavolony, committed a throwing error, throwing the ball to left field, allowing Wilson to easily score and expand the lead to 4-0.
With Lee back on the mound in the second, Aberdeen attempted to start a comeback, driving Isaac Bellony off a sac-fly from Chris Givin for their first and only run of the game.
Lee was able to shut down any more IronBirds’ runs during the rest of his outing and finished his day after three innings with one run, one hit, three walks, and one strikeout.
On the offensive end, Wilmington continued their success, with the first four batters of the third inning finding their way on base.
Wilson, that fourth batter, hit into a fielder’s choice that brought in a run and got the scoring in that frame going. Cole Daily and Drew Mendoza both were credited with RBIs, bringing the lead to 7-1.
The game's last scoring play took place in the bottom of the fourth when Connell hit a home run of his own, his second since returning to Wilmington, to give the Blue Rocks one last insurance run, making the final score 8-1.