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SUNS fall to Brockton 7-5

Suns Squandered Lead Twice, Fall to Brockton on Rainy Thursday Evening

 

PITTSFIELD, Mass.- The Pittsfield Suns saw two leads in the ball game disappear as the Brockton Rox were able to get the best of the Suns, including snagging a pair of runs in the ninth from Pittsfield to take home a 7-5 win from a wet and rainy Wahconah Park Thursday evening.

 

Records

  • Pittsfield Suns: 4-2
  • Brockton Rox: 5-1

 

How it Happened:
The Brockton Rox have been the hottest team in the FCBL over the last week, winning their last four in a row, coming to Pittsfield riding a four-game win streak. No slouch of their own, the Pittsfield Suns had won four out of their opening five games of the season as the Suns would play on their home field for just the second time of the season Thursday. What looked to be a pitcher’s duel did not finish that way with seven errors combined between the two teams to spoil great outing from both Brockton’s Ben Reyes (Framingham, MA) and Pittsfield’s Grant Nicholson (Holt, MO).

 

The Suns were first to strike in the fourth inning after both pitchers retired their opponents fairly quickly in the first three innings. Pittsfield’s Jackson Appel came away with the Suns first RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly to center, plating Sean McLeod. Cole Palis delivered in the same inning, collecting an RBI single to shallow left to give the Suns a 2-0 lead. That lead did not last long, however, as Pittsfield surrendered a two-run home run to Erick Ramirez to tie the game. Ramirez launches his second homer of the season. With the game tied again, Pittsfield would come out and respond right away in the bottom half of the fifth.

 

The Suns took momentum of the game when Alexander Aguila hit a sacrifice fly to regain the lead for the Pittsfield. Aguila was shortly followed by a fielder’s choice on a groundball from Jackson Appel which plated a run for the Suns, giving Pittsfield their two-run advantage back again. That advantage stood pat through the 6th inning and into the 7th, though would only last until the 7th as Brockton came storming back for three runs of their own to take their first lead of the game. An Alex Reynolds single for Brockton gave the Rox a 5-4 lead after Michael Golankiewicz and Connor Bertsch earned RBIs in their plate appearances in the inning.

 

In the 8th, Pittsfield native Austin Rachiele would play as the hometown hero, collecting an RBI rope single to center field to tie the game again. Pinch runner Seth Werchan was thrown out at the plate trying to stretch for an extra base, making the final out of the inning for the Suns. Brockton came out looking for hits in the 9th, plating two runs on the Suns, who had threatened two times in the game with the bases loaded.

 

In the final frame it was Izaiah Rivera who worked a walk with the bases filled for Brockton, followed by an RBI sacrifice fly by Michael Golankiewicz to give Brockton the two-run edge, a mark the Suns had twice in the contest. Pittsfield threatened in the 9th, when Sean McLeod reached on an error and Alexander Aguila was put on base through a walk, but the Suns were unable to snag another run from the Rox, falling to Brockton 7-5.

 

 

Inside the Numbers

  • Pittsfield and Brockton combined to make seven errors in the contest, with Brockton getting the extra error of the two, 4-3.
  • SP Ben Reyes went the first four innings for Brockton giving up two hits and two runs (2 ER) while walking three and striking out six. Pittsfield’s starter Grant Nicholson went the first 3.2 innings, giving up just one hit while walking three and striking out four.
  • Jackson Appel was the only Pittsfield Sun to collect more than one RBI in the game, as Appel was credited with two. The Suns came away with four hits in the ball game, one each for their six, seven, eight and nine hitters in the lineup. The top five hitters in the lineup combined for an 0-16 on the night.
  • Erick Ramirez led the way for Brockton, launching a 2-run homerun, as well as picking up a single to end the night 2-4.

 

Up Next

  • The Suns head to Dodd Stadium to take on the Norwich Sea Unicorns tomorrow night before returning home on Saturday, June 5 at 5:35 pm for a doubleheader with the Worcester Bravehearts.
  • The Rox will host the Westfield Starfires tomorrow night for a 6:00 first pitch from Campanelli Stadium.