MOREHEAD CITY, NC July 20, 2014 – Right-hander Kurt Lipscomb turned it yet another quality outing for Morehead City on Saturday, this time going seven strong innings and helping the Marlins to a 6-1 win over the Edenton Steamers at Hicks Field.
Lipscomb, making his fourth start for the Marlins, allowed just one run in his seven innings of work. It was the first earned run he has allowed in 25 innings pitched this season—good for a Marlins’ single season record for the lowest ERA in a season with a .36. He allowed seven hits but scattered them well, allowing multiple hits in an inning just twice. He walked only one batter on the night and struck out five.
“He has been very good for us all year long,” said head coach Sam Carel. “He is going to come out get strike one and compete for all seven or eight innings. We always felt he was in control.”
Marlins’ starting pitching has been dominant in the last six games. Over those six games, no starter has gone less than 5.1 innings or allowed more than two runs. In total, they have combined for a 1.56 ERA, a 1.04 WHIP and 30 strikeouts in 40.1 innings.
“It’s been a big factor for how we have played in the second half,” Carel said. “We have been talking about it since day one, quality starts are going to win you games.”
Lipscomb was helped by single runs in the second, third and fourth, as well as two more in the sixth and one final run in the seventh.
Dalton Britt had two more hits in three trips to the plate and also knocked in a run, giving him 10 RBI in his last six games. Andrew Amaro laced an RBI triple and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Nick Lombardi had three hits in three at bats, including an RBI double in the seventh to make it a 6-1 ballgame. Matt Simmons also drove in his second run in as many games, in addition to walking and scoring a run.
“Both Lombardi and Simmons the past few days have been seeing the ball well,” Carel said. “They have been continually working the process and those two guys have been putting in the time in the cages, working with the coaches and combining that with seeing the ball well.”
With the win, the Marlins still remain in at least a tie for first place in the CPL East. The Marlins have now won two straight and five of the last six games as they improve to 11-3 in the second half.
Morehead City will stay on the road after the off day on Sunday, and will take on a couple of CPL West teams. They will travel to Forest City to take on the Owls on Monday, before heading to Asheboro to play the Copperheads Tuesday. Both games are set for 7:05 p.m.
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