Updated Sun, Apr 6, 2014 8:25 pm
The Rio Grande RedStorm dropped both games of a Sunday doubleheader against the Bluefield Rams. The Redstorm were outscored 10-6 on the day, losing 5-4 in game one and 5-2 in game two.
The Rams racked up hits quickly and tacked on three runs in the first inning against Rio Grande pitcher, Anthony Knittel. Knittel was then replaced by Mike Deitsch, who was able to contain the Bluefield hitters until the ninth inning, when he surrendered two earned runs.
Marcus Makuch continued his strong swinging of late, stringing together three hits to drive in a run and score a run. Makuch has been on a tear lately, hitting well over .500 through his last five games.
The RedStorm’s bats were able to do some damage on Kenneth Miranda, picking up nine hits and all of their runs against the Bluefield pitcher. The remaining three Ram’s pitchers managed to shutout Rio Grande’s offense. Cory Nitten closed out the first game for Bluefield.
Ryan Shockey pitched a complete game for the Rams, allowing two runs while hurling five strikeouts to go along with no walks. Bluefield catcher, Tyler Lundgren, hit safely twice in three at-bats, and scored a run after Kahlin Villines hit a two-run double.
Rio Grande pitcher Eric Ford allowed four runs before he was replaced by Ryan Christophel. The Redstorm’s shortstop, Kevin Arroyo had two hits and a run for an offense that struggled. Makuch, the spark plug in game one, couldn't help much with only one at-bat. Rio Grande continued its struggle with getting hits with runners in scoring position.