Wilson, N.C.—With their magic number down to three, the Wilson Tobs were looking to finish off the season series against the Fayetteville SwampDogs with a knockout punch, but found the ‘Dogs unwilling to lay down, losing to the visitors 5-2 on New Hope Primary Care and Two Men & A Truck night at Fleming Stadium.
Neither team had any luck through the first three innings as the offenses were stalled by Michael Wilson (for the Tobs) and Clayton Freimuth (for the ‘Dogs), but it was Wilson that was bloodied first in the fourth inning. Chase Edwards started the inning with a ripped shot towards right center and stretched it into a double, sliding in front of the throw. A groundout by Norm Dunkin moved him to third before Kam Stewart singled Edwards home, giving the ‘Dogs the 1-0 lead.
They pushed the advantage even further in the next inning, scoring three runs and sending Wilson to the showers in the process. David LaFleur reached first on a hard single off Wilson to begin the frame and moved up 90 feet when Jason Blum was hit on a 2-2 pitch. Michael Bozarth’s single loaded the bases and Edward’s single gave the ‘Dogs a two run lead before Dunkin’s two run blow knocked Wilson out of the game with the Tobs down 4-0. Cameron Langfels came on with runners at the corners and nobody out and was able to get out of the inning without allowing any more runs thanks to a strikeout of Stewart and a double play from Brandon Metoyer.
The Tobs would get two runs right back in the bottom of the fifth, but left even more on the bases. Drew Cole’s infield single began the frame and after a flyout by Justin Carroll, Frankie Navarrete doubled down the right field line to put runners at second and third with one out. Matt Rembielak followed with a slow chop down the first baseline, which was fielded by Freimuth, but when he went to grab the ball out of his glove, it popped out and Cole bolted home for the Tobs first run of the game.
Adam Pate grabbed his first hit of the night with a beautifully placed bunt down the third base line to load the bases for the Tobs. Matthew Parrish worked an eight pitch at bat, but ended up striking out on a perfect back-door curveball from Freimuth who responded by walking Seth LaRue to cut the deficit in half at 4-2. Ben Schmucker, the leader in RBI in the East Division of the CPL, came to the plate for the Tobs and popped out on a 2-2 pitch to second, ending the threat.
The ‘Dogs plated one in the sixth inning when LaFleur again found his way on base. With two outs in the inning, LaFleur was hit by a pitch and stole second. He move to third on a single by Jason Blum and scored on a wild pitch for the ‘Dogs 5-2 lead.
While the Tobs threatened in both the eighth and ninth innings, they were unable to lock in the twist of fate they needed to turn the game around, eventually stranding ten men in the game, including runners at second and third in the bottom of the ninth and two more in the eighth.
Clayton Freimuth (1-1) deserved the victory for the SwampDogs and received it, going 7 2/3 innings pitched, allowing just two runs on six hits while striking out seven and walking just three. Michael Wilson remains winless, dropping his record to 0-4 on the summer while giving up four runs in 4+ innings on the mound. Cameron Langfels was great for the Tobs out of the bullpen, going four inning in relief, allowing just the one run.
Chris Williams pitched a perfect ninth inning, picking up another strikeout. Williams will be leaving the team after tonight’s performance, finishing the season a perfect 9-for-9 in save opportunities while not allowing a single run in any of the save chances. He struck out 22 batters in 23 innings and relinquished just three walks while appearing in 18 games, most on the Tobs staff.
The Tobs drop to 25-24 on the season and 10-11 in the second half while the SwampDogs improve to 21-26 and 9-12 for the second half. The Tobs took the season series against the ‘Dogs despite the loss, winning five of the eight games. The Tobs will head out to Wilmington tomorrow night before coming back for three games in two nights, the first a double header against the Peninsula Pilots on Thirsty Thursday presented by Greenlight, Coastal Beverage and Wilson Ortho.
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