SUK, 4-RUN NINTH SURGE MINERS TO 5-1 WIN
Trois-Rivières, Québec – Michael Suk pitched 7 scoreless innings, and the Miners bats bust out for 4 runs and 5 hits in the 9th as Sussex County (3-3) notched 5-1 victory over the Trois-Rivières Aigles (2-4) on Wednesday night.
Suk (1-1) matched zeroes on the scoreboard with Aigles starting pitcher Matthew Rusch through the first 7 innings. Suk had allowed 2 hits in the 3rd but worked out of that jam, and then a hit and a walk put two Aigles on base in the 7th but Suk once again worked around that trouble. Rusch was also in command, but worked in and out of trouble in the 7th as well.
In the 8th, the Miners finally struck gold off of reliever Edilson Alvarez, and once again it was with two outs. SS Michael Antonio slapped a double to centerfield, and LF Connor Hofmann followed in the very next at bat with his first hit and RBI in a Miners uniform, driving a double in the right-center field gap to score Antonio.
The Miners would explode for 4 runs in the 9th, thanks in large part to a string of four consecutive singles by the heart of the Sussex County lineup. C Elvin Soto, 1B Joe Dunigan, 3B Nick Giarraputo, and DH Chris Duffy all singled to start the 9th and push across the first 2 runs. After a groundout by 2B Ryan Lashley, CF Jay Austin drove a double in the gap in right center to score Giarraputo and Duffy to give the Miners a 5-0 lead.
Along with Suk’s strong performance, reliever Drew Cisco pitched a spotless 8th inning and Andres Santiago came on to finish the game in the 9th. Despite running into a little trouble in the final frame, Santiago got a broken bat pop up back to himself from CF David Amberson to end the game.
Tomorrow night is the final game of the 3-game set in Trois-Rivières, with LHP Francisco Rodriguez scheduled to start for the Miners, and LHP Ryan Bollinger due to take the mound for the Aigles. First pitch is set for 7:05 pm, and can be heard live on the Miners Radio Network.