Drop 2-0 defensive gem

Published in the July 2, 2015 edition

WAKEFIELD — The streaky Wakefield Merchants’ bats were quiet last night at Walsh Field as they were shut out by the Lexington Blue Sox in a scintillating pitchers’ duel, 2-0, in Intercity League action.

For Wakefield, it suffered its fourth straight defeat and fell to 5-7-1 on the year. Lexington, meanwhile, increased its record to 8-2-0. The Merchants are in fifth place and the Blue Sox are in fourth place in the ICL standings.

The Blue Sox plated single runs in the third and fifth innings.

Kyle Adie tripled in Alex Voitik, who had singled, for the only run the Blue Sox needed in the win.

Jarrod Marchesi took the loss for the Merchants in a complete game effort as he fell to 1-2 on the season. Marchesi gave up two runs (both earned) on five hits while striking out two batters and walking no one. He also hit a batter.

Nicholas Napoli and Mike Manoogian each singled for the two Merchants hits. Scott Searles, Manoogian and Joe Barry received the three walks surrendered by Blue Sox pitching. Bobby Losanno and Manoogian each stole bases but Wakefield was shut out for the second straight game.

Tony Annino (3-0) pitched five shutout innings for the win. He struck out nine and gave up two hits. Alsis Herrera pitched the final two innings for his first save. He struck out three.

The Merchants take on the Melrose Americans tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Morelli Field before taking a break for nearly a week with the Fourth of July holiday. Wakefield then will host the Somerville Thunder on Wednesday, July 8 at 6 p.m. at Walsh Field.