Zebulon, NC - Justin Trapp opened the game with all the offense the Wilmington Blue Rocks would need night in Zebulon. His home run on the fourth pitch of the game, coupled with seven scoreless frames from Blue Crew starter John Lamb, propelled the Rocks to a wire-to-wire 6-0 victory over the Carolina Mudcats. It was Wilmington's second shutout of the season and it moved the Rocks back to a game above .500 on the season.
Trapp began the game with a moon-shot homer to left-center that bounced off the top of 70-foot scoreboard at Five County Stadium. It was the opening salvo of what turned out to be a three-run first inning for the Rocks. One out later Lane Adamssingled, stole second and scored on Cheslor Cuthbert's ensuing RBI double to left. Jared Schlehuber then plated Cuthbert with his double to the left-field corner.
Lamb (4-4) made the early advantage stick with his second straight sterling start. The reigning Carolina League Pitcher of the Week held the Mudcats at bay over seven scoreless frames. Lamb did not allow a runner to reach scoring position over the first four frames. He worked around a lead-off double in the fifth, and left a runner at second base in the sixth and seventh innings.
Wilmington added to its advantage in the second inning, when Adams opened the frame with a walk, stole second again and eventually came home on Schlehuber's RBI fielder's choice grounder. They blew the game open in the eighth when two runs came home on Geulin Beltre's single.
Spencer Patton came out of the bullpen to finish off the shutout. The righty reliever, who had not pitched since May 19, stranded another Carolina runner in scoring position in the eighth and then worked around a two-out walk in the ninth.
The Rocks continue their four-game series at Carolina Wilmington has yet to name its starter, while Carolina will send right-hander Nick Pasquale (0-2, 4.02) to the mound.
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For the second consecutive start John Lamb kept an opponent off the board for seven innings on his way to a win. After tossing a season-high seven frames and striking out eight Lynchburg Hillcats on May 23 (a performance that earned Lamb Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors) Lamb fanned five and walked only two in seven shut-out innings . He has now tossed 19 straight scoreless frames overall. The effort marked the fifth time this season a Wilmington starting pitcher has lasted through the seventh inning. Aaron Brooks is responsible for the other three such outings.
Lane Adams continued his big road trip in the win. The outfielder went 2-for-4 with a double, two stolen bases and two runs scored in the 6-0 triumph. In the first five games of the Rocks' seven-game journey, Adams has gone 9-for-21 with six RBIs, eight runs scored, five walks and seven stolen bases. Adams has scored at least one run in six consecutive contests.
Justin Trapp hit his second home run of the road trip . It was also the second time Trapp had opened a game with a dinger this season. He did the same thing at Winston-Salem on . Trapp finished the contest 2-for-4 with a walk. He may be struggling defensively, with seven errors in his last 11 games played, but the second baseman has not let it affect his performance at the plate, where he has reached base safely in 18 of his last 19 contests.
The Rocks showed a great deal of patience at the plate . Wilmington worked seven walks off of four Carolina pitchers. It was the second-most free passes drawn in a game this season by the Blue Crew. Wilmington worked nine walks during an 11-inning loss at Myrtle Beach on Opening Night.
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