FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The Fayetteville SwampDogs (2-3) scored eight runs in the first inning and five more in the third inning on their way to a 14-2 win over the Morehead City Marlins (1-3) Saturday evening in Fayetteville.
The SwampDogs took advantage of two walks and two hit batters in the first frame as Connor Obrochta delivered the big blow, a grand slam to left field that made the score 8-0. The SwampDogs then tacked on five more runs in the third inning, all of which were unearned. After the Marlins committed three errors in the inning which led to three runs, Sal Giardina launched a two-run home run to left field to make the score 13-0.
Matt Anderson provided some offense for the Marlins in the fourth inning, as he hit the squad’s first home run of the campaign, a two-run opposite-field dinger to left field that made the tally 13-2 in favor of the ‘Dogs. Fayetteville closed the scoring in the fourth inning, when Joel Thys scored on a fielder’s choice.
Danny Smith (1-0) earned the win in his first appearance of the season, allowing two runs, one of them earned, on six hits in six innings. Chris Franzese (0-1) took the loss in his Marlins debut, allowing eight runs in one inning of work.
Drew Woodall was 2-for-4 with two singles, while Geoff DeGroot reached base four times via a hit, a fielder’s choice, an error and a hit-by-pitch. Anderson was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a single, giving him three hits in his first two games.
The Marlins return to action tomorrow night as they host Fayetteville to take on the SwampDogs. The game marks the second of four the two teams play over a five-day stretch. First pitch is set for 6:05 p.m. as Matt Sutor has the live call on CPL WebPass beginning approximately 15 minutes prior to first pitch.
Notes: The Marlins’ bullpen allowed just five hits in eight innings of work... The Marlins committed five or more errors for the second time in three games... The Marlins’ pitching staff has allowed 22 runs this season, 12 of which have been unearned... DeGroot has reached base safely every game this season... The teams combined for 10 errors and seven unearned runs.
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