BRISTOL - It was a quiet night for the Bristol Blues, especially at the plate.
The Blues managed just five hits and struck out seven times as they were shut out by the Seacoast Mavericks 3-0 Friday night.
Malachi Edmond (0-2) was charged with the loss, but the left-hander surrendered just one runs and four hits over six solid innings of work. It was his longest outing of the season.
Edmond did have some control issues, however, walking five batters.
Bristol’s bats did little to help him out. The team’s first hit of the game came in the bottom of the first. The next one didn’t come until the bottom of the seventh.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, put up the night’s first run in the top of the fourth. It turned out, it would be all they needed.
Seacoast utilized back-to-back extra base hits. Jimmy Palmer tripled with two outs and was brought home two pitches later on a double from Benjamin Irvine.
Those were the only two mistakes from Edmond on the night. They just proved to be too costly for the Blues to overcome against Maverick starter Troy Herterick. The left-hander tossed 8 2/3 scoreless innings while striking out seven.
Joel Torres relieved Edmond in the seventh, but Seacoast tacked on two insurance runs over the final two innings.
Jake Lebel provided a sacrifice fly for the Mavericks in the eighth, while Michael Goodrich singled home a run in the top of the ninth.
The Blues were final able to threaten in their final at-bat of the game, but came up short as Jayson Gonzalez grounded into a fielder’s choice to end it.