Boulders Take 3 Out Of 4 In 11-5 Rout of Quebec
The Rockland Boulders erupted for seven runs in the first two innings as they hammered the Quebec Capitales 11-5 at Provident Bank Park. Rockland took 3 out of 4 games in the series. With the victory the Boulders moved to 10 games over .500 with their record standing at 45-35.
In the 1st inning Matt Nandin led off by reaching on an error. Ryan Stovall singled followed by a walk drawn by Jerod Edmondson. Joe Maloney’s sac fly brought Nandin in for the first run of the game. Next stepped up Stephen Cardullo who singled in between the hole of 1st and 2nd plating Stovall for a 2-0 lead. Marcus Nidiffer bashed a 3 run home run inside of the right field wall giving Rockland a commanding 5-0 advantage.
The Boulders tacked on two additional runs in the 2nd inning. Junior Arrojo led off with an infield single followed by Matt Nandin plunked by a pitch from Quebec’s starting pitcher Leondy Perez. Antone DeJesus singled to centerfield that allowed Arrojo to motor around from 2nd making the score 6-0. Edmondson grounded into the double bringing in Nandin for the seventh run for Rockland.
Meanwhile starting Boulders rookie pitcher Joe Donino cruised through the first four innings not allowing a hit. In the 5th inning Donino ran into trouble as the Capitales struck back with 4 runs. Three consecutive singles by Quebec to start the inning led to the first run. A wild pitch uncorked by Donino led to a second run. Matt Helms singled to right field plating Mike Provencher. A second wild pitch of the inning by Donino allowed Helms to trot across home plate cutting the Boulders lead to 7-4. Donino pitched a scoreless 6th inning before exiting the game.
“The last couple of starts have been rough but tonight I was able to put together a couple of good innings” said Donino after the game. “A little bit of bad luck in the 5th inning” “I did not execute the pitches very well.” “I was able to come back the next inning and shut things down.”
Shawn Gilblair replaced Donino in the 7th inning. Quebec loaded up the bases on lead off walk by Brill followed by a Jonathan Malo double off the right field wall. Balbino Fuenmayor was intentionally walked. Gilblair issued a walk forcing in a run as the Capitales reduced the lead to 7-5. Gilblair worked out of the jam getting Rene Leveret to ground out to 3rd to end the inning.
Rockland added an insurance run in the bottom of the 7th as Stovall led off the inning with a ground rule double down the right field line followed by an Edmondson blistering shot off the base of the right field wall. Maloney blooped a single to left field bringing in Stovall to give Rockland an 8-5 lead. Maloney cranked a 3 run shot in the 8th inning making the score 11-5.
“That was a big one for us” remarked Boulders manager Jamie Keefe. “Joey(Joe Donino) had real good command of his fastball and curve ball.” “Looking at the board today, he had a couple of fastballs touch the board around 94 or 95 miles per hour.” “When you get ahead to hitters with that fastball your curve ball will be that much better.” “They (Quebec) were not going away but to tack on a couple late were huge.”
Donino evened up his record at (3-3) going 6 innings yielding four runs on five hits while walking three and striking out six batters. Leondy Perez took the loss for Quebec as his record dropped to (6-6).
Before heading out on an 8 game road trip in 9 days, the Boulders start a 3 game series at Provident Bank Park against the Fargo-Moosehead Redhawks.
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