MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. – Sal Annunziata cracked two home runs in his Morehead City Marlins (2-3) debut as the team snapped a three-game losing streak, defeating the Fayetteville SwampDogs (2-4) 9-6 Sunday evening at Big Rock Stadium.
For the first time this season, the Marlins got on the board first, plating two runs in the second inning on a throwing error by the catcher and an RBI-single by Drew Woodall. The SwampDogs answered in the top of the third inning when Connor Obrochta stole two bases and scored on a groundout. The Marlins retook a two-run lead in the fourth inning though, when Ryan Cranmer hit his first home run of the season to left field to make the score 3-1.
After scoring one run in the fifth inning, the ‘Dogs scored three runs in the sixth inning to take a 5-3 lead. However, the Marlins answered right back, as Annuziata deposited his first Marlins hit over the left field fence for a home run. Later in the inning, Woodall plated two runs on an RBI-single before Landon Moseley followed up with an RBI-single of his own to make the score 7-5.
Then in the seventh, Annunziata again provided the offense, this time with a two-run home run to left field for a 9-5 Marlins lead, before the SwampDogs plated one more unearned run in the eighth.
Brett Koehler (1-0) earned the win in his Marlins debut, throwing one inning in relief of David Lucroy. Lucroy threw five innings and allowed two unearned runs in his first outing as a Marlin. Evan Zerff picked up his second save of the campaign, tossing a scoreless ninth inning while David Schilling (0-2) took the loss for Fayetteville in relief of Stephen Frey.
The Marlins return to action tomorrow night as they host Petersburg. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. as Matt Sutor has the live call on CPL WebPass beginning approximately 10 minutes prior to first pitch.
Notes: Geoff DeGroot has reached base safely in every game this season... Raphael Guerrero made his third appearance out of the bullpen, allowing one unearned run... The Marlins notched 12 hits, the second most on the season, and most since opening-night.
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