WILSON, N.C. – The Wilson Tobs (2-0) scored two unearned runs in the second inning and one more unearned run in the eighth and that proved to be the difference Thursday night as the Morehead City Marlins (1-1) fell 3-1 in Wilson.
Zeke McGranahan (1-0) threw 7 2/3 innings and struck out 12 Marlins and allowed just four hits en route to his first win of the season. John Landell (0-1) threw well for the Marlins, allowing just two unearned runs in five innings to absorb the loss.
The Tobs first got on the board in the second inning as the first two batters reached via an error and a single. A sac bunt moved the runners up before a sacrifice fly scored Bill Gerstenslager and Tony Montalbano moved to third base on an error charged to Corey Bass. Heath Holliday then hit a swinging bunt down the third base line to score Montalbano and give the Tobs an early 2-0 lead.
The Marlins came within a run in the eighth inning when Geoff DeGroot singled, stole second base and third base and scored on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Ryan Cranmer. However, the Tobs answered right back in the bottom of the frame when the Marlins committed two more errors and Andrew Istler scored on a sacrifice fly from Montalbano.
John Levin earned his first save of the season for the Tobs, throwing 1 1/3 innings and allowing just one hit. DeGroot was 1-for-3 with two stolen bases and a run, while Chad Shannon singled, walked and stole a base for the Marlins.
The Marlins return to action tomorrow night as they play host to the Wilmington Sharks in the 2012 home-opener at Big Rock Stadium. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. with the broadcast on CPL WebPass beginning approximately 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
Notes: The Marlins committed five errors on the night... DeGroot singled, walked and scored for the second consecutive game... Bass threw out a would-be base-runner for the second straight game.
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