Wilmington Wins, Takes 1-0 Series Lead

Posted: September 09, 1996

WILMINGTON — The Wilmington Blue Rocks took advantage of two errors and a balk to score their final three runs without a hit last night, defeating the Kinston Indians, 4-2, in the first game of the best-of-five Carolina League championship series.

The Blue Rocks were held to two hits, both in the first inning, when they scored their first run. But Kinston pitchers allowed six walks and balked twice.

Trailing, 2-1, Wilmington took the lead for good with a pair of runs in the fifth. Sean McNally walked, went to second on a walk to Ramy Brooks, reached third on a sacrifice, and scored on an error. Brooks took second on the sacrifice and third on the error, then scored on a balk.

The Blue Rocks scored their final run in the sixth on three walks and an error.

Phil Grundy picked up the win, allowing four hits and two runs in five innings. Two Wilmington relievers held Kinston scoreless the rest of the way, with Steve Prihoda pitching two hitless innings to pick up the save.

The game was delayed by rain for two hours in the top of the fifth.

Game 2 of the series will be held tonight at Frawley Stadium.

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