MOREHEAD CITY—The Morehead City Marlins engaged in yet another one-run ball game with the Wilmington Sharks, dropping a tough 2-1 contest on Paint the Park Pink Night at Big Rock Stadium. The MHC Marlins (20-27, 9-12) scored first as Aaron Wilson (Hartford) came around to score as the Sharks attempted to catch Justin Weigle (Ouachita Baptist) stealing during the first inning.
From that point forward a pitchers duel ensued as both Jose Rendon (Sterling) and Michael Castellani (Bucknell) each pitched into the 8th inning. In the 10th matchup between these two clubs, the Sharks would tie things up in the 3rd inning on a wild pitch from Rendon. The Marlins bats unfortunately went cold recording just three hits after the first inning, led by a 2-4 effort at the plate from Weigle.
Jose Rendon pitched another quality start going seven-plus innings limiting the Sharks to just two runs on nine hits, that while striking out nine in the process. But after allowing two base hits to start the 8th inning, Zach Reid (Tennessee) recorded the final six outs of the game, striking out two in the process. That was Reid's 23 appearance of the season, which means he has now been the closing pitcher of record in 18 of those outings, improving his scoreless streak to 12 consecutive innings of work.
"We definitely needed to keep the score where we had it," said Reid, adding, "It feels great to know that I am the go-to guy in big situations."
The Marlins had an opportunity to cut into the lead during the 6th inning when Noah Cummings (Oral Roberts) recorded a leadoff single, later stealing stealing base. Unable to cash in against Castellani, the Marlins also stranded another runner from second in the 8th inning. In the tough-luck loss, Rendon extended a streak of starting pitchers going at least six innings to now six of the last seven outings. Following the loss, the Marlins head to Fayetteville on Wednesday night returning home Thursday for a crucial double header against the Petersburg Generals starting at 6:05 p.m. from Big Rock Stadium. For more information on your Morehead City Marlins, continue to explore our website www.mhcmarlins.com, follow our social media accounts on Twitter @mhcmarlins, Instagram @mhcmarlins along with our new Snapchat account @mhcmarlins and make sure to like our MHC Marlins Team Page on Facebook!
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