The Blue Rocks led 1-0 in the first inning when Adams collected his third homer of the season. A David Rohm error led to an unearned run on starter Gus Schlosser in the second before Lynchburg launched an offensive. The first four batters in the home fourth hit and all eventually scored against starter Brooks Pounders.
The squads exchanged scores in the sixth including Matt Fields' fifth home run in six days, but the Blue Crew plated the last three without a response from its hosts. Orlando Calixte welcomed reliever Chasen Shreve to the game with a leadoff homer in the seventh. An inning later, Brett Eibner doubled Adams home as the tying tally with two outs, chasing Shreve.
Pounders left on the hook. He allowed five runs on nine hits over 5.2 innings. Lefty Antonio Cruz helped him out by stranding a runner en route to 2.1 scoreless and hitless frames of his own. Sam Runion (3-1) finished the night with two scoreless innings, allowing just a two-out hit to Edward Salcedo in the ninth. He struck out two.
The Blue Rocks return home to start a seven-game homestand on Saturday evening. The first of three against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans gets underway at 6:05 p.m. with Wilmington right-hander Elisaul Pimentel (0-1, 9.72) facing fellow righty Kyle Hendricks (4-7, 2.59). Broadcast coverage begins at 5:35 p.m. as studio host Rob Cunningham brings fans the Rocks Report Pre-game Show, presented by Wawa, on 89.7 WGLS-FM and online at wgls.rowan.edu.
PEBBLES OF KNOWLEDGE:
The Blue Rocks closed a run of 13 straight games against only divisional foes at 7-6. The Rocks are 17-34 against Southern Division squads and 19-16 against their brothers in the North.
In the first half, the Blue Rocks scored just 227 runs for a league-low 3.2 runs/game average. Despite playing two seven-inning games and posting a sum of one run between the bookend games of last week, Wilmington has scored 98 runs over its first 16 games of the second stanza for an average of 6.1 runs/game. The team that hit 31 home runs over the 70-game first half, the second-lowest total in the league, has bashed 21 early in the second. The Blue Crew hit a league-worst .231 in the first half, but owns a .280 (159-for-567) contact clip so far this half.
With a season-best four home runs on Friday, the Rocks' home-road home run split widened all the more. An amazing 47 (90%) of the team's 52 homers have come away from Frawley Stadium. Fourteen of them were hit on the six-game road trip.
Wilmington pitching had a tough road trip. It allowed 46 earned runs over 56 innings for an ERA of 7.39.
Lane Adams started his Blue Rocks career 3-for-33, but has since assembled a six-game hitting streak coinciding with this road trip. In that time, he has gone 12-for-28 (.429) to lift his overall average from .091-.246. Half of those hits have gone for extra bases. He hit third in the order on Friday for the first time as a Blue Rock.
Two of the Blue Rocks' three extra-inning games this season came during this road trip. Wilmington won both of them.
The Blue Rocks played their league-leading 33rd one-run game of the season (15-18).
Of the Blue Rocks' 36 wins on the season, 19 (53%) have been in come-from-behind fashion.