9-RUN 4TH TOO MUCH TO OVERCOME FOR MINERS
August 15, Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (36-42) had a furious rally fall short as a nine-run fourth inning by the Ottawa Champions (35-44) was too much to overcome for the home side in a 10-8 Champions win on Tuesday night at Skylands Stadium.
The Miners allowed nine runs in an inning for the second time in five days, but this time they would storm back to make the game close with five runs in the seventh inning and another three runs in the eighth. Daniel Carela and Alex Demchak would hold the Champions scoreless to allow the Miners to rally. J.J. Fernandez hit a two-run single and Nate Irving would follow with a three-run home run to cap off the five-run seventh. The Miners would then bat around in the eighth, scoring three more times to cut the Ottawa lead to 10-8.
But the rally would fall short as Ottawa closer Garrett Cortright would keep the Miners at bay and notch his second save for Ottawa in the first game of a vital three-game series, with the last playoff spot on the line for both teams. Yean Carlos Gil (1-5) would get the win for Ottawa, while Gianni Zayas (8-8) would get tagged with the loss.
The Miners continue their crucial three-game series against the Ottawa Champions with a Wednesday night matchup beginning at 7:05 pm. Tickets for that and all 2017 Miners home schedule can be purchased by clicking on the link below or calling our box office at 973.940.0222.