Trio of home runs send Boulders to their second consecutive loss
Back to back solo home runs in the 2nd inning by the Trois Rivieres Aigles(28-43) coupled by a 2 run home run sent the Rockland Boulders(37-30) to their second consecutive loss 5-1 at Provident Bank Park on Tuesday night.
The Aigles jumped on Boulders starting pitcher Stephen Harrold(5-3) in the 1st inning as Michael Hernandez clubbed a solo home run into the short right field porch. Drew Miller followed with another massive solo shot into the same area in right field making the score 2-0. In the 2nd inning, Trois-Rivieres utilized the long ball after a single by Steve Brown, Daniel Mateo hooked a 2 run shot just inside of the right field pole extending the Aigles lead to 4-0. Rockland’s lone run of the game came in the bottom of the 2nd on a throwing error by shortstop Craig Masey’s throw to 1st on a ground that sailed over the first baseman’s head allowing Stephen Cardullo to score all the way from 2nd base.
In the bottom of the 3rd inning, Boulders second baseman Matt Nandin doubled off the left field wall. However, Nandin would remain stranded as Antone DeJesus field out to right field and Ryan Stovall struck out to end the inning. From that point on Aigles starting pitcher Edilson Alvarez(4-5) shut the doors on Rockland retiring 19 batters in a row before Stovall reached on an infield single smash off Massey in the 9th inning. Alvarez went the distance yielding one run on four hits while striking out six batters. Boulders manager Jamie Keefe noted “The offense is just depleted.” “These are the dog days so players are just exhausted.” “We are going to turn it around as there is no panic mode around here.” “Nine line outs in the game as nothing is falling for us.” “One of those droughts for 10 to 12 days as we are hopeful to hit our way out of it.”
Harrold sustained his second loss in a row. He departed after five inning surrendering five runs on five hits while walking three and striking out three hitters. This marked the second consecutive game Harrold has given up 3 home runs in a game. Keefe commented about Harrold’s pitching performance. “He’s been around the game, a seasoned veteran.” “He’s never thrown so many innings so I would not call it a dead arm.” “His stuff is just not that sharp.” “Before he came here he was a reliever, primarily a closer.” “We know his pitch count was between 85 and 90 pitches.” “A few balls left up in the zone that they took care of.” “Their lineup has been the best in the league on paper the past 10 days.”
Rockland concludes their four game series against Trois-Rivieres on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at Provident Bank Park.
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