Hampton, VA - The Tri-City Chili Peppers dropped Thursday's road game to the Peninsula Pilots 6-3.
The first three Chili Peppers batters loaded the bases with two walks and a double by Kenny Mallory Jr (Elon). A putout by Kentucky's Hunter Gilliam scored the first run of the game. Cole Bramhall (Howard College, TX) was the Chili Peppers starting pitcher and allowed one hit but no runs in the first inning.
Virginia Tech's Lucas Donlon kicked off the second with a single, but this was the only Tri City hit of the inning. A walk and an error aided in him scoring. The Pilots failed to put up any hits or runs in the bottom of the inning.
A walk started the top of the third, and a single by Gilliam brought in a run. Bramhall pitched three up, three down to finish the inning. The fourth inning was a short one, with the Chili Peppers batting three up, three down and Peninsula not having any hits or runs.
Tri City batted three up, three down again in the top of the fifth. The Pilots had one hit in the fifth inning, but weren't able to put themselves on the scoreboard.
The Chili Peppers bats continued to slow down as they batted three up, three down for the third inning in a row in the sixth. James Draughn (Franklin Pierce University) took the hill in the bottom of the sixth. Peninsula's offense heated up, with four hits in the sixth inning. These hits combined with two walks and two errors allowed the Pilots to put up five runs for a 5-3 lead.
Tri City had no hits or runs in the seventh. Franklin Pierce's Jackson Walker pitched three up, three down in the bottom of the inning. The Chili Peppers had no hits or runs again in the eighth. Wyatt Stanley (Randolph Macon College) pitched in the bottom of the inning and allowed one run.
The Chili Peppers had no hits or runs in the ninth, falling 6-3.
The Chili Peppers will face off against the Peninsula Pilots at home tomorrow night.