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ROCKS DROP TWO MORE OVER WEEKEND03/19/2012 2:54 PM ET
By Jeff O'Connor / Wilmington Blue Rocks
Peoria, AZ - The Wilmington Blue Rocks have yet to find their winning ways so far this spring training as they lost games over the weekend to the High Desert Mavericks (Seattle Mariners) and the Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres) by scores of 8-5 and 9-4, respectively. The Rocks were rained out on Sunday when they were scheduled to play the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (Los Angeles Dodgers). The Blue Rocks are now 0-3 so far in the spring.
On Friday, the Blue Rocks could not hold a 5-3 lead in the fifth inning as the Mavericks recorded three runs in the bottom half and added two more in the ninth to win the game 8-5. The Blue Rocks started out strong offensively against High Desert. Wilmington notched a run in each of the first three innings thanks to three errors by the Mavericks. Second baseman Daniel Mateo broke a 3-3 tie in the fifth with a two-run double to give the Rocks the lead. Shortstop Orlando Calixte went 1-for-2 with a walk and center fielder Lane Adams recorded a base hit, two walks and scored a run.
Jason Adam started for Wilmington and fired two shutout innings allowing only two hits, while striking out a pair. Sugar Marimon went two innings and allowed three runs while notching four strikeouts. Jon Keck would follow with two innings of his own and allowed three runs (two earned) and walked three.
On Saturday, the Rocks fell behind early and never caught up to the Storm, losing 9-4. Starting pitcher Yordano Ventura got knocked around for five runs in his second inning of work. Brooks Pounders did not fare much better in relief, as he threw two innings and yielded four runs. Trailing 9-1 at the end of four innings, the Rocks put up two runs in the sixth and one in the eighth to close out the scoring.
Left fielder Julio Aparicio had a big day going 3-for-3 with two triples, a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Adams went 2-for-3 and second baseman Whit Merrifield recorded two base hits including a double and a run scored.
The Rocks are back in action on Monday when they travel to square off with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.