Coming into this past weekend’s series with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Texas), the Blue Rocks were on a roll, winning their last 4 series but they ran into a team with just a little more pitching for them to overcome.
Friday night was the rematch of the 2 starting pitchers from last Saturday’s no hitter, Pelicans’ Nick Tepesch and Blue Rocks Jason Adam, and while Tepesch didn’t no hit the Rocks again, he did only give up 2 runs on 5 hits. Adam on the other hand just had a bad day, giving up 7 earned runs on 7 hits. Jason has been pitching lights out in most of his starts but not getting any run support. Friday just was the opposition in him giving up runs but the Rocks’ bats fell silent for him again. Right now Adam (1-7) it tied for the most losses in all of the minor leagues but hopefully he’ll have better starts and run support cause really he’s much better than his record indicates.
The other 2 games were pitchers duels with the Rocks winning on Saturday and losing a close one Sunday. Saturday the Rocks won 2-0 on a combined effort from starter Santiago Garrido (2-1), Sugar Ray Marrimon (H,2), and Nick Rodgers (S,6), scattering 7 hits and 4 walks. With Rodgers 6th save he’s now tied for 3rd in the Carolina League in and Sugar Ray is now 2nd in ERA with a 2.13 mark.
Sunday the Rocks fell to the Pelicans 3-1 but had a strong pitching effort behind starter Yordano Ventura (L, 2-4), only having 1 bad inning, giving up 3 runs in the 3rd, otherwise he was very sharp. However the Pelicans’ pitching trio of Wilmer Font, Randol Rojas (W,4-0), and Randy Henry (S,6) were outstanding, causing the Blue Rocks to go 2-18 with runners in scoring position. There’s no doubt that the Pelicans have one of the best pitching staffs in the Carolina League but I think the Blue Rocks are right there with them so not only they’ll be in every game, their parent clubs (Texas Rangers and Kansas City Royals respectively) have a lot to look forward to.
The Blue Rocks now continue their road trip driving 3.5 hours to Zebulon, NC (just an few minutes east of Raleigh) to Five County Stadium to play the Carolina Mudcats (Indians). A 4 game series starts today and if the Rocks can win this series they can not only get over .500 but also keep some heat on Lynchburg for the 1st half crown.
RHP Edwin Carl was assigned to the Blue Rocks from the Kane County Cougars. In 2011 he was the named MLB.com Short-Season Relief Pitcher of the Year and was a Pioneer League All Star