The Rangers called in some reinforcements for their Tuesday night contest with the Wright Knights at Action Sports Center. Running thin on pitching, Nick Gilmore was handed the ball for his first career start on the mound. And super-sub James Robinson allowed the team to play with 9 guys and helped out offensively as well.
Gilmore allowed a two-run single to Conner Bowell in the first inning before settling in and blanking the Knights over the next three innings. The Rangers took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third as Brandon Riley roped a two-out, two-run double and was followed up by an RBI double from Todd Peck.
Riley added to his RBI total, plating two more runs in the fourth on a two-out single. Gilmore added an RBI single to increase the Rangers' lead to 6-2.
The Knights rallied in the fifth, scoring three times, capped by a 2-run double by Glenn Yawger to cut into the Rangers lead at 6-5.
The Rangers added an insurance run in the bottom of the inning on a sac fly from Eric Becker. The Rangers put the game away in the sixth, as Riley smacked in his 5th RBI of the game with a bases-loaded hit-by-pitch. Peck followed with a run-scoring single. Brandon Marshall added a sac fly, and Matt Delbridge plated the final run on a groundout.
Gilmore went the distance, allowing 5 hits, walking 5, and striking out 5 to pick up his first career win.
Offensive highlights: Brandon Riley 2-3, double, career-high 5RBI; Nick Gilmore 2-3, 3 runs, RBI; James Robinson 1-1, 3 runs; Todd Peck 3-4, double, 2RBI.
Historical Notes: Jonmarc is 6 RBIs shy of 500 career RBIs. Robert's next at-bat will be his 600th career AB. Brandon Riley needs 4 runs scored to reach 100 MVABL runs, and is 6 RBIs shy of 100 career.