MOREHEAD CITY, N.C.- The Marlins managed only one run against Wilson on Monday, as the surging Tobs handed Morehead City their third straight loss with a 7-1 victory at Fleming Stadium.
Right-hander Brett Valentine, making his first start for the Marlins,
allowed three runs in the first inning on four hits, and was hurt by an error from Chase Simmons—one of four Marlins’ errors on the night.
“It’s not just the errors, there were [a bunch of] plays that weren’t made,” said head coach Sam Carel. “When you want to play winning baseball you cannot leave the amount of plays on the field that we have.”
Those three runs proved to be more than enough to topple a struggling Marlins’ ballclub. Wilson added insurance in the fourth on an RBI double from Drew Cole, and tacked on three more in the sixth off Jordan Knutson—all of which were unearned.
Knutson has now allowed nine runs in his last three outings, and not a single one of them has been earned.
Whitman Barnes and Matt Tindall both threw scoreless innings in relief for Morehead City, continuing their impressive work from the bullpen. Barnes now has a 1.80 ERA in his 15 innings of relief this season and has allowed just seven hits while striking out 21 batters. Tindall is working on a 9.2 inning scoreless streak—the second longest for any Marlins reliever this season—and in his last 12.1 innings has allowed just one run and has struck out 16.
The Marlins’ offense was stymied by starter Ryan Minteer, who worked eight strong innings, allowed just five hits, struck out three and did not walk a batter. The only run the Marlins scored off Minteer was in the fourth, when he allowed three straight singles with two outs, culminating with an RBI base hit from Jacob Bruce.
“He was good. He got strike one and his secondary stuff was really on tonight,” Carel said. “You just have to tip the cap to him.”
Bruce finished 2-for-4 on the night with an RBI, Alex Torres was 2-for-4 with a run, and Dalton Britt, Matt Simmons and Chastin Radford all hit one hit apiece. All of Morehead City’s hits in the game were singles.
With the loss, Morehead City has now dropped three straight after a season-high five-game winning streak. They will have an off day Tuesday before starting a stretch of six games in four days, beginning with a road game against Fayetteville on Wednesday at J.P. Riddle Stadium at 7:05 p.m.
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