Wilson, N.C.—Rain rain go away… ok, now come back… ok now leave… The forecast called for 100% precipitation starting at 6 P.M. in Wilson, which just so happened to coincide with the start time of the doubleheader between the Wilson Tobs and the Edenton Steamers. The rain stayed at bay for the entirety of game number one, which the Tobs lost, but cut right into the middle of game number two although the Tobs were able to eventually pull out the victory, splitting the doubleheader with the Steamers on Jana Lake State Farm $2 Tuesday and Tipsy Tuesday presented by Primary Care.
Braden Bristo, who received a tough luck loss in his last time out against the Morehead City Marlins when he struck out ten over 7 1/3 innings, was again the victim of poor run support, this time going the complete seven innings in game number one and allowing two runs, but it was one run too many as the Tobs lost 2-1.
The only trouble for Bristo was in the top of the first inning when he allowed a groundball double down the third baseline to Evan Rogers. Nick Kranick followed Rogers and was up in the count 3-1 when he sat on a fastball from Bristo, which he threw over the inside half and low. Kranick mashed the pitch deep over the centerfield wall for a two run home run.
Jeff Stoddard, the starting pitcher for the Steamers in game one, would make those two runs stand up the rest of the way. The Tobs did a good job of getting on the bases, but just could not find the big swing to bring them home. The cut the deficit in half when Adam Pate singled with two outs in the fifth inning and then stole second to move into scoring position for Doug Teegarden. Teegarden roped a 1-2 pitch into right center for the RBI single and the Tobs first run of the night.
They threatened the next inning after Seth LaRue and Ben Schmucker singled to begin the frame. The two runners moved up a bag on the sac bunt by Matthew Parrish, but Douglas Ard, who hit the ball hard every time at the plate against eh Petersburg Generals the last time out, grounded to third basemen, forcing LaRue out at home and Justin Carroll swung at the first pitch of his at bat to end the inning.
Both Stoddard (4-1) and Bristo (1-5) received credit for a complete game, but Bristo’s seven innings of two hit baseball were bested by Stoddard’s and the Tobs lost the first game of the doubleheader 2-1.
Game two was a different game with a different story.
Ryan Minteer took the ball for the Tobs in game number two, and Tobs fans would be forgiven if they felt a little apprehensive; Minteer entered the game with an 0-3 record and a 16.20 ERA. However, Minteer struck out the side in the top of the first inning and that set the tone for the Tobs bats, which responded with fury after a game of listlessness.
Adam Pate, who had been in the nine hole for game number one, started off game number two with a double to right center. Teegarden took the second pitch of his at bat and put it in relatively the same spot for an RBI single. He moved up to second on a wild pitch, which gave Drew Cole an opportunity to drive in a run and he did just that with a double to right, making it 2-0 Tobs, but they were far from done.
Matt Rubino singled to drove home a run despite being down in the count 1-2 and even when the Tobs were failing at the plate, they were still productive as Matthew Parrish struck out, but reached base when the ball got away from Steamer’s catcher Mike Perez. It looked like Steamer’s starter Jake McCoy would get out of the inning when he struck out the next two batters, but Matt Rembielak made him pay with a sharply hit ball up the middle, driving home Rubino for the Tobs fourth and final run of the inning.
Minteer got a little wild in the second inning, walking two batters in the frame, but was able to get ouf of trouble and stranding two runners in scoring position. He returned in the third inning and retired the side in order before again, needing to get out of trouble in the fourth. The Steamers loaded the bases against the righty with one out and had their speedy number nine batter Dakota Wix at the plate, and yet Minteer forced a 6-4-3 double play ball, which was beautifully turned by Rembielak and Frankie Navarette up the middle to end the inning and preserve the 4-0 Tobs’ lead.
The fourth inning saw the Tobs push a run across on an error by Steamer’s left fielder Orlando Olivera and when the rains started to come down in the latter part of the inning, it looked like the Tobs and Steamers would get game number two washed out. However, the Tobs got the tarp on the field and withstood a rain delay of a little more than a half hour before the rains stopped and the tarp was put away.
When play resumed, Michael Wilson took the mound for the Tobs and got through the fifth without much incident before he too ran into trouble in the sixth, but got of the inning with a big double play. The Steamers loaded the bases with nobody out and scored their first run of the game on a fielder’s choice groundout by Chance Shepard, but a 6-4-3 double play ball by Mike Perez ended the threat.
The Tobs grabbed another insurance run on an RBI groundout by Frankie NAvarette in the bottom of the sixth to get the run back and Chris Williams finished off the game in the seventh in a non save situation. Ryan Minteer picked up the win for the Tobs, his first win of the summer, by pitching four innings of scoreless baseball while Jake McCoy lost for the first time in two summers for the Steamers, dropping his record this summer to 4-1.
The Tobs will play the second night of the three day homestand tomorrow against the Wilmington Sharks on Buffalo Wild Wings Night where after the game Tobs players and front office staff will go to Buffalo Wild Wings where they will be available to sign for autographs. They Tobs will finish off their homestand against the Hi Point Thomasville HiToms on Thursday for Medlin Buick GMC night and Thirsty Thursday where fans will receive drink specials on soft drinks and beer.
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