The Wilmington Blue Rocks are currently off to a no good, very bad start offensively. They currently own a *team* slash line of .201/.293/.300/.594 and rank dead last in the Carolina League in most meaningful stats, saved for total runs scored. They were nearly no hit in last night’s game, but they were saved with 2 outs in the 9th inning on a Cristian Perez ground rule double that scored the winning run.
Yes, you read that correctly. The Wilmington Blue Rocks, a team that was supposed to be stacked heading into 2019, had NO hits through 8.2 innings, and won a baseball game. The score of that game was FIVE TO FOUR (5-4).
Somehow, the most impressed that I’ve been with this struggling Wilmington Blue Rocks team all season long was in a game that they nearly got no hit. Do you know how easy it would have been to roll over and just accept defeat? Do you know how easy it would’ve been for the coaching staff to just let the original starting lineup take their lumps and allow them to be humbled by a no-hitter?
But they didn’t. The coaching staff unloaded the bench, the lineup remained disciplined at the plate and worked their walks (these weren’t just 4 pitch walks that were non-competitive), and found a way to win a game that logic would suggest was impossible. I guarantee you the front office took notice of that game. Took notice of how their core refused to quit on each other, and fought back to win a really impressive game.
Hopefully this will be the start of a massive turn around for the Blue Rocks’ offense. After struggling mightily for the month of April, maybe this is where the calendar turns around. Kyle Isbel has been out of the lineup for a couple weeks with a concussion, but you gotta think he could be returning soon. MJ Melendez and Seuly Matias have 8 and 10 game on-base streaks, respectively. April showered pretty hard on their 2018 South Atlantic League Championship parade, maybe the flowers of May will carry more promise for the Royals young core of prospects.
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