Boulders Skid Hits Three Games After 10-5 Shellacking
The Rockland Boulders dropped their third consecutive game in a row 10-5 to the Trois-Rivieres Aigles at Provident Bank Park on Wednesday. The Aigles took 3 out of 4 games from Rockland. Trois-Rivieres scored 9 runs between the 3rd and 4th inning to blow the game wide open.
Trois-Rivieres jumped ahead in the first inning. After reaching on a fielder’s choice second baseman Jose Cuevas swiped consecutive bases. Drew Miller’s sacrifice fly to left field allowed Cuevas to trot home. In the top of the 3rd the Aigles amassed back to back singles along with Cuevas stealing his 3rd base of the game as Michael Hernandez laced a 2 run single back up the middle into center field extending the lead to 3-0.
A passed ball by Rockland’s catcher Michael Fischer enabled Hernandez to march in for the fourth run of the game. Daniel Mateo’s sacrifice fly to deep right center brought Drew Miller across pushing the lead to 5-0. The hit parade continued for Trois-Rivieres as they belted 3 more singles before a second miscue by Fischer on a strikeout that bounced away that allowed Carlos Guzman to scamper home for the sixth run. The Aigles ended up scoring five runs on seven hits in the third inning.
Leading off the top of the 4th inning, Cuevas crushed a ball just inside the left field pole extending the lead to 7-0. Starting pitcher Joe Donino departed the game after hitting a batter and walking another one. Donino’s went 3 innings surrendering nine runs on seven while walking five. Greg Terhune replaced Donino and served up a 3 run moon shot into the left field bleachers off the bat of Steve Brown pushing the lead to 10-0.
Rockland’s manager Jamie Keefe commented on the team’s play. “We hit the ball hard obviously but lined out a lot.” “We got a few runs late but the positive is the way Terhune pitched after giving up the 3 run home run shut the door down.” “He saved the bullpen which could arguably allow us to win the next series.” Regarding Donino’s outing, “He was up in the zone plus not having many innings under his belt.”
DH Joe Maloney accounted for all of the Boulders runs in the game. First singling in the bottom of the 6th scoring Jerod Edmondson who earlier had doubled to the left field warning track from second base. Maloney bashed a titanic 3 run shot on to the left field concourse in the 8th inning reducing the margin to 10-4. Winning Trois-Rivieres pitcher Mike Bradstreet was replaced thereafter by Jadd Schmeltzer. Bradstreet ended up hurling 7 innings while giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Rockland tacked on a run when pinch hitter Will Walsh’s rocket shot off the glove of Cuevas brought Giuseppe Pappacio in from second base.
Keefe added, “We did not hit the cover off the ball but hit it hard.” “Some good timely hitting but everything is in our control.” “August has been an awful month so far as it is not the first 60 games you play but how you finish the last 30.”
The Boulders and New Jersey Jackals square off in a five game series starting on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yogi Berra Stadium in Montclair, New Jersey. The Jackals lead the season series 10-7. Keefe said.“ “We have to find a way to win.” “Just can’t rely on one or two bats.” “We have to do the small things to win.”
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