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Quick Notes: Game Recap: Wilmington Blue Rocks walk it off to take game one of series
Game recap and summary as the Wilmington Blue Rocks walk it off to take game one of the series on Friday, July 22, 2022.
After their four-day break for the MLB All-Star Game, the Wilmington Blue Rocks were quick to action on Friday, July 22, for their first of three games against the Hudson Valley Renegades. To kick this series off, the Blue Rocks recorded a 6-5 walk-off victory.
Wilmington had their bats ready at the bottom of the first inning, recording four of their six runs quickly. After right fielder Ricard Mendez singled on a line drive, Jermey De La Rosa was quick to join after being walked to first. Third baseman Jose Sanchez was hit by a pitch to reach first, which loaded the bases for Yasel Antuna to ground into a double play that sent Mendez in for the first run of the night.
De La Rosa was quick to follow on an RBI single from Drew Mendoza. The recently-promoted Leandro Emiliani would also see some action after he batted in Mendoza, and Cole Daily would round out the inning by batting Onix Vega.
Despite the massive production in the first inning, the following five would remain scoreless for both teams until Hudson Valley finally started to answer back. At the top of the sixth, first-baseman T.J. Rumfield would reach first on a throwing error by first baseman Emiliani to send in center fielder Jasson Dominguez and set the score 4-1.
The Blue Rocks refused to let the Renegades gain any momentum, responding with a single RBI from Vega to move Antuna home, allowing Wilmington to enter the seventh-inning stretch up 5-1.
The Renegades refused to let up at the top of the eighth and scored another three runs with Dominguez running in on a wild pitch and two RBIs from Anthony Seigler and Tyler Hardman.
However, Wilmington neglected to answer back in the bottom of the eighth, and Hudson Valley tallied a home run at the top of the ninth from Dominguez to tie Wilmington 5-5 and force the game to extra innings.
Delaware relief pitcher Richard Guasch struck out three players back-to-back at the top of the tenth to pave the way for a Blue Rocks victory. Luckily, after a sac-bunt from De La Rosa to move Mendez, the runner placed on second to third, and a single ground ball from Jose Sanchez, Mendez ran home for another walk-off victory for the Blue Rocks, 6-5.
The Blue Rocks will continue their series against the Hudson Valley Renegades on Saturday, July 23, with first pitch starting at 6:35 p.m.