Zebulon, N.C. - The Wilmington Blue Rocks' (15-20) offense was stymied by Carolina Mudcats' (17-19) starting pitcher Cameron Roegner for seven innings as the Blue Crew fell 5-1 Saturday night at Five County Stadium. Wilmington was held to just four total hits on the game and Khalil Lee paced the offense with a pair of hits. Kort Peterson drove in the game's lone run for the Blue Crew.
Carolina scored first on a Weston Wilson RBI single in the second inning to make it a 1-0 deficit for the Rocks. Roegner and Wilmington's starter Arnaldo Hernandez exchanged scoreless innings from the third to the fifth innings before the Mudcats tacked on a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. Keston Hiura hit an RBI triple before Tucker Neuhaus added another run for Carolina with a sacrifice fly to make it a 3-0 hole for the Blue Rocks. Max McDowell added to the Carolina lead with a run-scoring single before another run came across to score on a wild pitch to make it a 5-0 deficit.
The Blue Rocks scored their lone run in the final inning with two outs. Emmanuel Rivera roped a two-out double before Peterson drove him in with a double of his own to give the game its final score, 5-1. Hernandez suffered his first loss of the season despite allowing just three earned runs on five hits, struck out six in 5.1 innings of work.
Wilmington and Carolina wrap up the four-game series Sunday, May 13 at Five County Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. with LHP Cristian Castillo (1-4, 7.71 ERA) starting for Wilmington while RHP Braden Webb (1-3, 7.88 ERA) makes the start for Carolina. Fans can listen to the game as Matt Janus will have the call on 89.7 WGLS-FM.
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Third baseman Emmanuel Rivera has been the most consistent bat in the Wilmington lineup. He added another double to his ledger Saturday night to put him at 10 doubles on the season which leads the team. Friday, he drove in his 25th RBI of the season, also adding to his team-lead in that department. Rivera is off to a strong start to the second month of the campaign and is hitting .318 (14-for-44) in 11 games in May.
Kort Peterson has been on a torrid pace at the plate over the last nine games. On Saturday, he drove in the team's lone run with an RBI double in the ninth inning. Friday, he delivered the game-tying RBI single in the top of the eighth inning to extend his hitting streak to a season-high five games. Over his last nine games, the outfielder is hitting .516 (16-for-31). He is second on the team in hits (33) and home runs (4).
Despite a solid performance on the mound, Arnaldo Hernandez suffered his first loss of the season after winning four straight games entering Saturday's outing. Hernandez was the first Blue Rocks' pitcher to win four straight games since Matt Tenuta accomplished the feat from July 27-August 20, 2016. The righty's last loss was back on June 28, 2017 when he was with Low-A Lexington.
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