NJ Jackals win big game to stay on top of Rockland in CanAm League Divison
The New Jersey Jackals needed a big win on Friday night to get their first win in their three game series with the Rockland Boulders and keep themselves in first place in the CanAm League standings. And boy did they get a big win on Friday night. The Jackals defeated Rockland 4-1. After Friday night’s game, the Jackals had a game and a half lead on Rockland in the CanAm standings.
The biggest reason for the Jackals 4-1 win over the Boulders was their pitching. That was led by their starting pitcher Anthony Ferrara. Ferrara pitched a terrific game, pitching seven great innings allowing no runs on four hits and striking out five. Ferrara on his big performance said “I needed a game like that tonight. I didn’t have a great outing last time so I needed a bounce back game tonight and to keep us in the lead in the division. I was happy I was able to do that tonight.” Ferrara, who was only making his ninth start for the Jackals this season, said that his stuff in tonight’s game was the best he had all season and that is something the Jackals are happy to hear. Ferrara said on his stuff, “My changeup tonight was the best it’s been since I can remember, so if I’m able to locate my changeup and use it effectively, I’m a very tough guy to hit off of.”
Even with Ferrara’s great start, the Jackals are still in a close game with Rockland. In fact, there was no score during the first four innings of the game. That all changed in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jackals right fielder, Felix Sanchez, hit a RBI double to give New Jersey a 1-0 lead. Sanchez on his clutch hit said “I was just happy to hit the ball in play. The first two times up at bat I was very uncomfortable up at the plate, but I was able to get that hit and help the team win.” The Jackals would then add another run in the inning off a RBI triple by center fielder Alonzo Harris to take a 2-0 lead over Rockland.
The Jackals would then add two more insurance runs in the seventh inning. One was off a solo home run by DH Jeremy Barnes. Barnes on his home run said “I kinda knew he was going to try and pitch me inside at that at bat, so I tried to get my bat quickly through the zone and I was able to put good wood on it and it carried out for me.” Overall, Barnes had a great game going three for four at the plate. On his overall game performance, Barnes said “I’m just trying to be more aggressive at the plate. So far this season I’m not having so great a year, as I am accustomed to having, so I’m happy I’ve been swinging the bat better lately and helping the team win some games.” If Barnes can keep swinging the bat the way he did on Friday night, it would be a welcoming sign to the Jackals who can now pair him in the middle of the order with Joe Dunigan who is currently the CanAm League home run leader.
The Jackals would score another run in the inning off of an error by Rockland to take a 4-0 lead. Rockland would stage a little comeback, scoring run in the ninth inning off a wild pitch to lower the deficit to 4-1, but Jackals closer Salvador Sanchez was able to come in and close out the game.
With the win, the Jackals are 41-32 on the year and a game and a half up after Friday night in the CanAM standings.
Jackals Update: The Jackals would lose their rubber matchup of their three game series with Rockland on Saturday night and then lose to Rockland again on Sunday afternoon in game one of their two game series with Rockland on the road. The Jackals are currently a half game behind Rockland in the CanAm standings.
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