Boulders Drop Rubber Game 5-4 to Saltdogs
Matt Forgatch’s massive solo shot off of losing pitcher Shawn Gilblair(0-2) leading off the top of the 9th into the concourse walkway in left, proved to be the game winning run, as the Lincoln Saltdogs defeated the Rockland Boulders 5-4 at Provident Bank Park. The Boulders were going for a sweep of the series today. Jhonny Montoya (1-0) picked up the win in relief for Lincoln, while Marshall pitched a scoreless 9th to notch his 19th save of the season. Despite yielding 2 home runs, starting Boulders pitcher Stephen Harrold hurled 8 innings and struck out 8 Saltodogs hitters. Heading into the top of the 8th inning, Rockland was leading 4-2, but Chad Mozingo drew a walk, followed by a game tying 2-run blast off of the bat of Luiz Nunez.
Lincoln started the scoring in the top of the 1st inning on a 2-run shot by Ian Gac that just barely cleared the left field railing. Before the home run, Brian Joynt’s slow roller was booted by third baseman Stephen Cardullo, allowing Joynt to reach safely. The Boulders sliced into the Saltdogs’ lead in the bottom of 2nd when Jerod Edmondson laced an opposite field shot into the left field seats. Rockland had an opportunity to increase the lead further on a deep fly ball hit by Will Walsh to right field, but Joynt robbed Walsh of a home run by reaching over the wall to snag the ball.
In the bottom of the 4th, Rockland took their first lead of the game, as Joe Maloney belted a 2-run majestic shot into the left field bleachers. The Boulders tacked on a run in the bottom of the 6th on a line drive sacrifice fly by Sean O’Hare to right field. Cardullo slid just under the tag of Lincoln’s catcher Tyler Smith at home plate to make the score 4-2.
Rockland(31-23) has a day off on Monday before resuming a 3 game series at Provident Bank Park against the Trois-Rivieres Aigles(19-36). The last time the Boulders faced off against the Aigles, they took 2 out of 3 games.
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