DANVILLE, VA.- DH Nick Hutchins and LF Reed Rohlman hit their first professional home runs, and the Burlington Royals led wire-to-wire to take a 7-3 win over the Danville Braves on Saturday night and into Sunday morning at Dan Daniel Park.
The game was delayed two hours and one minute due to rain, but once first pitch was thrown at 9:01 p.m., Burlington (5-11) kept their foot on the accelerator from the get-go. CF Michael Gigliotti hit a leadoff double in the top of the first, and found himself at third with two out and 3B Dennicher Carrasco at the plate. Carrasco prompty laced an RBI single up the middle, scoring Gigliotti and putting Burlington up 1-0.
The lead swelled to 2-0 in the second when Hutchins blasted a ball over the left field fence for his first pro homer. Hutchins continued to contribute in the fourth, as his RBI single drove home 1B Benji Cash , who had singled as well.
Supporting Burlington's 3-0 lead was RHP Nathan Webb , who allowed one run on three hits over five innings. He struck out a career-high seven and earned his first win of the season.
Danville (8-9) was able to score on Webb in the bottom of the fourth, as C William Contreras walked and scored on 3B Drew Lugbauer's RBI double. Burlington quickly got the run back in the fifth - RF Cal Jones reached on a fielding error, stole second, and went to third on wild pitch. He came across on a sacrifice fly from C Jesus Atencio .
In the sixth, Gigliotti reached on an error and stole both second and third, setting himself up to score on a Jones RBI single and put Burlington up 5-1. Danville DH Leudys Baez hit an RBI triple in the bottom of the sixth against Burlington RHP Tyler Zuber, but Zuber put a zero on the board in the seventh.
The Royals scored their final two runs in the eighth, as Jones doubled for the third time on the season and scored on Rohlman's two-run blast to right.
The game's final run scored in the bottom of the eighth on an error. Burlington RHP Tyler Fallwell worked the eighth and ninth innings to preserve the win, and retired Lugbauer on a flyout at 12:42 a.m. to end the game.
Gigliotti finished the night 3-for-5, while Jones, Rohlman, Atencio and Hutchins had two hits each.
The Royals and Braves continue their series on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. from Dan Daniel Park. Coverage with Matt Krause begins at 3:45 p.m. on www.burlingtonroyals.com or on the TuneIn app (search "Burlington Royals"). LHP Michael Messier (0-3, 11.25) starts for the Royals against Braves LHP Kyle Muller (1-0, 3.95).
The Royals return home on Wednesday, July 12 to open a three-game series with the Elizabethton Twins at 7:00 p.m. It will be City of Burlington Night - Show your spirit for the City of Burlington as the Royals take on the Twins! For tickets, call (336) 222-0223 or visit www.burlingtonroyals.com.
Burlington 7, Danville 3
WP: Nathan Webb (1-3)
LP: Odalvi Javier (1-2)
HR: BUR- Nick Hutchins (1), Reed Rohlman (1)
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