Morehead City was unable to string consecutive wins together against Wilmington, as a nine-run outburst from the Sharks gave them a 9-5 victory over the Marlins Thursday night at Legion Stadium.
Wilmington chased starter Scott Edge from the game in the second inning, as he and reliever Kyle Driscoll combined to allow five runs to cross the plate in the frame. In that inning, the Sharks batted around plus one batter, and had four hits to go along with three walks. Edge, who worked around three bases-loaded innings his last time out against Wilmington, was unable to escape in this game as all three runners he allowed on base before he was pulled came around to score.
It has been the crooked innings that have hurt the Marlins of late, and put them in situations where they face almost insurmountable leads. Since June 10 at Columbia, the Marlins have allowed three runs or more in an inning eight times, and many of those have been early in games, knocking the starting pitcher from the contest prematurely. In this case, it was before the second out was recorded in the second inning.
“We need to start getting quality starts,” said head coach Sam Carel. “If we can get a quality start, some of the results will be more in our favor.”
Though they did not get a quality start, the Marlins did get quality relief in the middle and later innings. Driscoll settled in to work a scoreless third, and allowed one run in the fourth. Whitman Barnes tossed the sixth, seventh and eighth, allowing just a run on three hits while punching out five batters—a season high. In his last three outings, Barnes has gone 5 2/3 innings, struck out nine and allowed just two runs on four hits.
Adam Quiles also worked a 1-2-3 eighth inning for Morehead City.
At the plate, the Marlins were paced by Kyle Carroll, who is as hot as can be over his past 25 plate appearances. In those 25 trips to the plate, he has reached safely in 19 of them, going 11-for-18 (.611 average), with a home run, eight walks, four RBI, seven runs scored and two stolen bases. He is now hitting a lofty .375 this season.
“He is seeing the ball very well,” Carel said. “He’s hitting on all the different planes. He is hitting high pitches, low pitches, breaking balls. When you have a hitter doing that, he is going to [get hot].”
Also with multi-hit games were Luke Tewes (2-for-4, 2 RBI, run), Blake Graham (2-for-5, run) and Jacob Bruce, who went 2-for-5 in his Marlins’ debut. It was the second straight game the Marlins rapped out 11 hits or more against Wilmington.
Morehead City will return home for the beginning of a stretch of nine straight home games on Friday evening, as they take on the Fayetteville Swampdogs for the fourth time this season. First pitch at Big Rock Stadium is set for 7:05 p.m.
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