Wilmington, DE- Daniel Tillo and Kyle Isbel combined on most of the heavy lifting in the Wilmington Blue Rocks' 3-2 win over the Carolina Mudcats on Sunday at Frawley Stadium. Tillo turned in a quality start while Isbel provided the offense with a three-run homer as the Blue Crew were victorious for the seventh straight time against Carolina.
Tillo yielded a solo homer to the game's second batter and nothing else. The lefty allowed just three hits and the single score over six innings. He fanned four and scattered three walks. He let just one runner reach scoring position, working his way out of a first-and-second jam in the top of the sixth.
Isbel erased the early deficit for the Blue Crew when he snuck a fly ball just inside the right-field foul pole in the third. Kyle Kasser opened the inning with a single and went to second a sacrifice from Rudy Martin. One out later Brewer Hicklen was hit by a pitch and then Isbel let one fly against Carolina starter Noah Zavloas.
Robert Garcia worked a scoreless seventh out of the 'pen for the Blue Crew. Holden Capps did yield a run on Payton Henry's RBI-grounder, but then Tad Ratliff worked a one-two-three ninth to nail down his Carolina League-leading 18th save of the season.
The Rocks conclude their six-game homestand on Monday against Carolina. First pitch is slated for 6:35 p.m. Tickets are available at BlueRocks.com and fans who don't make it to the ballpark can catch all of the action with the Voice of the Blue Rocks, Cory Nidoh, on 89.7 WGLS-FM.
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Wilmington's starting pitching has been magnificent over the last four games. During that span the quartet of Kris Bubic, Austin Cox, Marcelo Martinez and Daniel Tillo have combined to allow just two earned runs over 25 innings pitched. Each turned in quality outings. For Tillo its was his fifth start in his last six trips to the mound, but his first win. In fact, the victory was his first since May 31.
Kyle Isbel announced in return to the Riverfront with authority on Sunday. Playing his first game as a Blue Rock since April 16 the prospect outfielder hit a three-run homer in the third inning. It was his third long ball in only 13 contests with Wilmington in 2019. Isbel began the season with the Blue Crew, but missed almost three full months on the injured list. He returned for a week-long rehab stint in the Arizona Rookie League before being placed back on the Wilmington roster Saturday and making his return to the lineup in Sunday's triumph.
The Blue Crew lead the Carolina League with 39 games decided by a single score in 2019 and have played 58 affairs with a margin of victory of two-or-less. Wilmington is an impressive 41-17 in those close calls including 31-8 in one-run decisions.
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