Boulders Drop Into 2nd Place After 6-3 Loss to Jackals
Powered by three home runs, the New Jersey Jackals defeated the Rockland Boulders 6-3 on Wednesday night at Provident Bank Park. With the victory, New Jersey moved into sole possession of first place in the Can-Am League. The Jackals have taken the first two games of the four game series.
Tony Caldwell walloped a two-run home run in the 5th inning to deep right center field to put New Jersey up 3-2. The Jackals made it a 4-2 score without even attempting a hit as Felix Sanchez stole second base with the throw from Joe Maloney sailing into center field. Antone DeJesus throw skipped past third baseman Stephen Cardullo enabling Sanchez to trot home.
In the bottom half of the fifth, Rockland cut the lead to 4-3 on a Ryan Stvall sac fly to right field that plated Matt Nandin. New Jersey regained their two run lead in the 6th inning when DeJesus lost a Ryan Adams ball in the lights allowing Joe Dunnigan to score all the way from 1st base. The Jackals added an insurance run in the 8th inning on a solo blast from Jeremy Barns.
Regarding the defensive miscues, Boulders manager Jamie Keefe said “Players are supposed to be positioned where they are, one of those days the bounces do not go your way.” “Twilight is very tough at our ballpark as when the ball gets above the grey sky and façade of the stadium you lose the ball.” “That is baseball.”
Rockland jumped out to an early lead in the 1st inning on a Joe Maloney single to left field bringing home Nandin from second. Jackals left fielder Jorge Cortes hurled a laser throw to Cadlwell at home plate but Nandin went around the tag to smack his left hand on the plate. The hit parade continued as Cardullo singled through the hole into the left field scoring Jerod Edmondson to make the score 2-0. New Jertsey centerfielder Alonzo Harris led off the 4th inning hammering the 1st pitch into the 1st row of seats in left field trimming Rockland’s lead to 2-1.
Starting Jackals pitcher Keith Bilodeau went 7 innings to even up his record at 4-4. Salvador Sanchez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 19th save of the season. Despite surrendering the 3 home runs, Stephen Harrold pitched 8 innings giving up 6 runs on 8 hits but striking out 5 Jackals hitters. Harrold’s first loss this season pitching against New Jersey. Assessing Harrold’s performance, Keefe commented “He threw pitches where we wanted him to but 5 pitches got up in the zone which were the difference in the game.”
The third game of the home and home series heads back to Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair, New Jersey on Friday night at 7:05 p.m.
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