The Wilmington Blue Rocks were swept by visiting Winston-Salem on Thursday night, as the Dash clinched the second half Carolina League Southern Division title.
Alec Mills got the start, and while his numbers were not bad, he seemed to battle. The first inning seemed to DRAG. He allowed two runs on seven hits over five innings. Mills struck out seven.
Below are videos of the first two batters of the game, the first being Dash centerfielder Adam Engel:
Mills then faced Dash shortstop Eddy Alvarez:
Matt Alvarez was the first reliever out of the Blue Rocks bullpen. It was the first time I had seen him pitch in a while and his struggles continued. He had a 7.45 ERA in August and Alvarez walked the first batter he faced (Dash first baseman Keon Barnum):
After Alvarez allowed a double, this single by Nolan Earlery drove in a run:
After the sixth, Alvarez settled down to face the minimum in the seventh. There was an error, but Alvarez picked the base runner off first base.
Next up was lefty Estarlin Cordero. Below is video of the two left-handed batters he faced. Barnum greeted him rudely with a home run over the right field wall:
After Cordero allowed a single, Earley singled:
Cordero recovered to get a double play and a fly out to end the threat.