Jackals Fall For The First Time This Season
The unbeaten streak came to a close for the New Jersey Jackals last night. The Jackals lost their first game of the 2014 season to the Quebec Capitales, 9-4 at Yogi Berra Stadium, halting their winning to streak at five games.
The game though started in the favor of the Jackals. The Jackals took a 3-0 lead going into the 4th inning with a solo home run by first baseman Carlos Mesa in the 2nd inning and a two run home run by second baseman Jeremy Barnes in the third inning.
In the 4th inning though, the Capitales bats suddenly woke up. After being held hitless the first three innings, the Capitales offense would scratch out 13 hits the next six innings that help put across 9 runs. Big offensive stars for the Capitales were left fielder Mike Provencher, who went 2-4 with two home runs a solo shot and two run shot that put the Capitales up 4-3 in the 5th inning. The other star of the Capitales was was third baseman Balbino Fuenmayor, who went 2-5 with three RBI’s.
The Jackals starting pitcher Michael Antonini, a former New York Mets prospect, was dominate for the first three inning, but lost steam in the 4th inning. “My fast ball was working most of night and allowed me to use my off speed pitchers to get their hitters off balance, but later on I just left some pitches up in the zone and missed my spots, so I have get more consistent as I go longer in games”, said Antonini. Antonini pitched five innings giving up 4 runs on seven hits, striking out six and finished with a no decision.
Going into the sixth inning the game was tied 4-4, until the Capitales scored a run to take a 5-4 lead on an error by Barnes, who dropped a pop-up that would of ended the inning. The game would stay 5-4 until the top of the 9th inning where the Capitales scored four more runs to make the game 9-4.
With losing their first game of the season, the Jackals record is now 5-1, but even with loss the Jackals are still happy with the success they’ve had early on this season. Infielder Jose Cueavas said on how good this Jackals team is, “We got a good team this year. We got speed. We got power. We’re gonna be tough team to beat all season.”
With the win, the Capitales avoid being swept by the Jackals and improve their record to 3-4 on the year.
Pitchers on record for tonights game were Capitales starting pitcher Ari Ronick, who went six innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, and struck out six Jackals to get the victory. Jackals reliever Matt Soren got the loss.
The Jackals will continue their homestand this weekend, where they will have a three game series with the St. Paul Saints starting Friday night at Yogi Berra Stadium.
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