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MARTINSVILLE, Va. — Despite holding a 7-2 advantage in hits, the Wilson Tobs saw a costly error and a steal of home in the sixth inning spell its demise as the team dropped its third straight game with a 3-0 loss to the Martinsville Mustangs at Hooker Field on Friday night.
Wilson saw its record slip to 9-8, while Martinsville pulled even with the Tobs in the win column at 9-11.
Following five strong innings from starting pitcher Tyler Grauer (2-1), matters unraveled for him in the sixth.
With one out and the bases loaded, Martinsville’s Josh Falk reached on an error while driving in a run. The sequence also plated Daniel Vitello. Later in the inning, Chase Dawson, who singled to initially load the bases, stole home to account for the final margin.
Grauer departed having allowed the only two Martinsville hits in 5 1/3 innings, with all three runs being earned. He struck out three and walked two.
Garrett Sendelbach tossed six innings of three-hit baseball for the Mustangs, recording seven strikeouts and a pair of walks. Ryan Evans entered in the ninth and worked around a pair of hits to get his fifth save.
Wilson threatened early by loading the bases with no one out against Sendelbach in the first, but consecutive strikeouts and a groundout left the Tobs with nothing.
The Tobs visit Peninsula on Saturday.