New Jersey Jackals Down 3-1 in ALCS
Added by Steven Bassin on September 8, 2013.
It was must win game feel at Yogi Berra Stadium in Little Falls, NJ, Saturday night, and the New Jersey Jackals played like it was a must win game, but weren’t able to get the W, as the Quebec Capitales rallied back to win 5-4.
A game that went back and forth the whole night, ended with the Capitales coming back from being down 4-3 in the 8th inning to scoring 2 runs to take the lead at 5-4, and ultimately winning by that score. The hero of the game for the Capitales was right fielder Josh Garton, who hit the game winning RBI double in the top of the 8th to give the Capitales the lead. Garton, who hadn’t played in the series yet, had a huge night with his go ahead double, going 3-4, as well as making a great diving catch that saved a hit in the 1st inning.
The biggest hit though for the Capitales came in a form of a 2-run home-run by first baseman Rene Leveret, whose monster shot in the third inning gave the Capitales a 3-2 lead. Leveret was the Can-Am league leader in RBI’s during the regular season with 71 RBI’s and now has 5 RBI’s in the playoff so far, which tied with Jackals’ third baseman Nick Giarraputo for most in the playoffs.
For the Jackals, the end result of their night did not look the same earlier in the ball game. Unlike the first 3 games of series where the Jackals would fall behind the Capitales in the early goings, the Jackals instead jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the 2nd inning. The early start was led by Giarraputo, who had a great game, going 3-4 with 2 RBI’s.
However, the Jackals soon gave up the lead in the next inning to the Capitales and trail 3-2. The Jackals fought back and reclaimed the lead in the 4th inning off of a solo home run by DH John Lindsey and another RBI hit by Giarraputo, however that was not enough to get the win and the Jackals offense like in game 3, could not get runs on the scoreboard.
After leaving 12 runners in scoring position (RISP) in game 3, the Jackals went 3-12 with RISP in game 4 and couldn’t find a way to pad their lead. “It’s playoff baseball and they have won 4 straight…so you gotta tip your cap to them,” said Jackals first baseman Matt Padgett. Padgett added “A couple of hits here and there and with guys in scoring position, it’s a totally different series, but we gotta move on and get ready for tomorrow.”
The Jackals’ biggest blunder in the game, surprisingly, was their bullpen.
A reliable bullpen for the most of the season, the Jackals’ bullpen was not able to shut the door on the Capitales offense.After Wes Romer pitched 3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Jon Lucas, reliever Chad Rose came in for the 8th inning and gave up the lead by giving up 2 runs, and then ultimately took the loss. “It’s tough, but that’s baseball,” said Jackals reliever Tim Adleman, who pitched a scoreless 9th inning for the Jackals in game 4. Adleman added “Sometimes your guys that have been there all year have a bad day, and unfortunately it fell at a bad time, so we just gotta keep fighting.”
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The Jackals, now down 3-1 in this best of seven ALCS, have their backs against the wall and must win Game 5 Sunday afternoon, to keep their league championship hopes alive. For that to happen, the Jackals will need a big outing by starter Craig Bennigson, as well as some luck offensively to get the team back on track.