FLORENCE, Ky. – The Wild Things are officially struggling.
Washington was shut out by Florence in both ends of a doubleheader Thursday night, 3-0 and 1-0, as the Freedom swept the three-game series.
The Wild Things have lost four in a row and 10 of their last 13 games. They have dropped below .500 (17-18) for the first time since the opening week of the season and are tied for fifth place in the Frontier League’s East Division.
Florence starter Michael Oros (3-0) and reliever Jorge Marbin, who earned his 11th save, combined on a three-hitter in the opener. Washington starter Shawn Sanford (5-2) threw a three-hit complete game, striking out a season-high nine, but Florence got all three of its hits in the same inning – a three-run second.
Ryan Skellie’s bloop single gave the Freedom the only run it would need, and Junior Arrojo added a two-out, two-run single.
Mark Samuelson had two of Washington’s three hits.
The Wild Things managed four hits in the second game but couldn’t score against Florence starter Justice French and two relievers. Washington starter Shawn Blackwell pitched six shutout innings but was not involved in the decision.
Florence won with a bases-loaded walk by Arrojo off Orlando Santos with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.
Matt Phillips (0-1) replaced Blackwell to start the seventh and gave up a single to Jeremy Hamilton, who advanced on a one-out passed ball. Phillips was relieved by Orlando Santos, who intentionally walked Pablo Bermudez and hit Gary Owens with a pitch to load the bases. After a strikeout, Arrojo, who had seven RBI in the series, walked on a 3-2 pitch to force in the game-winning run.