(Pittsfield, Ma) A bit of Father’s Day fun the futures league and the Pittsfield Suns. They celebrate the holiday by playing the Worcester Bravehearts. It was Jack Thorbahn and Tyler Nielsen highlighting contest.
The Suns were able to get to Tyler Nielsen first, largely self inflicited. He struggled with command early as he walked the first 4 batters he faced in Jack Cooney, Jake Blindstrub, Cameron Johnson and Javier Rosales. Those brought in one run before Brendan Jones scored another on an error from third baseman Michael Perales. The 3rd run came in thanks to Mike Gervasi who singled as the sixth hitter in the inning. The Suns would hit around but score no more.
Jake Thorbahn would only go 3 innings, but certainly did well. He allowed 2 hits on no runs, no walks and 1 strikeout. He was replaced by Brett Wozniak.
Tyler Neilsen’s day would be done after 4. Aside from the early command issues he did well. He finished with 4 complete innings, 2 hits, 3 earned runs, 6 walks, and 2 strikeouts.
The scoring would halt all the way until the 6th inning. The Suns struck for one as Javier Rosales kept up the hot streak by doubling which drove in Jake Blindstrub. That moved the score to 4-0.
After the 7th inning the Bravehearts would go to the bullpen again as Julian Gonzales was done. He finished with a solid 3 complete innings, 3 hits, with 1 unearned run, and 3 walks. Ryan O’Donnell was his replacement. He pitched 1 inning and gave up a walk as well as a hit by pitch.
Brett Wozniak was stellar and that is an understatement. He came in for relief and retired the first 11 batters he faced. He finished with 5 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 2 earned runs that scored after he was pulled, 1 walk and 5 strikeouts. He was replaced by Ryan Langford with 2 outs remaining in the 9th. Langford did close it out as he gave up 2 hits. 2 runs did come in for the Bravehearts in the 9th with 2 down. It was Kenny Mallory Jr. driving in the first on a single and Christian Siciliano would single as well for another run. That would give us our final of 4-2 in favor of the Suns.
The Suns will improve to 13-9 and drop the Bravehearts to 11-10. They will be back in action at home for another doubleheader against the Westfield Starfires on Tuesday the 22nd.
Sammy St. Jean