Updated August 06 2015
As it has been a common occurrence for the Florence RedWolves this season, another game was delayed due to weather, but that did not stop the Gastonia Grizzlies from coming into Sparrow Stadium Wednesday night to claw the RedWolves 7-5 for game one of the series.
Brandon Casas manned the rubber for the Gastonia Grizzlies and dominated the RedWolves early. Casas entered the eighth inning having given up just two runs on three hits. Casas gave up two singles and a three-run homerun, hit by Nick Nunziato, in the bottom of the eighth, exiting having thrown 124 pitches in 7.2 innings.
Gastonia pounded out seven runs on twelve hits on the three Florence pitchers they faced. The Grizzlies jumped to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with two RBI singles from Jackson Mims and Alex Reynolds.
Florence cut the lead by one in the bottom half of the frame as Chris Adams led off with a single and was driven in on Ben Holland’s double into the left-center gap.
The RedWolves tied the game in the bottom of the third, which started with a leadoff walk to Josh Genthe. Adams sacrificed Genthe to second and Chaz Pal singled to put runners on the corners for Holland, who flew out to right allowing Genthe to tag and score to tie the game at two.
Gastonia tallied one in the top of the fifth to give them a 3-2 lead off of a Sammy Taormina sacrifice fly, bringing in Brennan Morgan.
Florence lost grip of the game in the top of the sixth, as the Gastonia grizzlies put on four runs to run away with the lead. Collin Manning started on the bump for the RedWolves Wednesday and carried them into the sixth down by a run. After walking the leadoff batter and recording an out on a sac bunt, Manning’s night was done. Brett Porter came on in relief for Florence and commenced to hit a batter, give up three runs on three hits, and a walk, giving the Grizzlies a 7-2 lead.
Entering the bottom of the eighth the RedWolves saw a glimmer of coming back into the game, coming within two runs after a Nick Nunziato three-run homerun to left field that was absolutely crushed. Casas then gave up a walk and single putting runners on the corners, which brought a Gastonia pitching change. Ethan Wortkoetter came in with two outs, runners on first and third, and worked out of the jam striking out Drew Wharton to end the inning.
Casas picked up the win, Wortkoetter the save, and Manning with the loss.
The second game of the best of three series will be held in Gastonia Thursday night. The RedWolves must win that game in order to keep their season alive, which would force a game three to be held in Gastonia as well.
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