OTTAWA WINS PITCHER’S DUEL OVER MINERS, 1-0
Augusta, NJ – Jamie Walczak threw seven scoreless innings to extend the starters’ scoreless streak to 20 consecutive innings, but the Miners surrendered the game’s only run in the 9th inning and suffered a 1-0 loss to the Ottawa Champions Friday night at Skylands Stadium in front of 1,247 fans.
For the third straight game, the Miners were locked in a pitcher’s duel, this time with Laetten Galbraith of Ottawa. Walczak and Galbraith both pitched seven innings of shutout ball. Each pitcher worked in and out of occasional trouble spots, but both had effective command during their respective outings.
Both sides did come close to scoring runs in those first seven frames. For Ottawa, they had the bases loaded with one out, but a Matt Helms flyball was caught on the run in the right-center field gap by RF Sean Hurley, and his throw back to the infield caught Albert Cartwright, who had to sprint back from being partway to third base. For the Miners, they put two runners on with one out but both were left in scoring position when Galbraith got LF Connor Hofmann and C Jay Austin to both ground out.
The lone run would come in the 9th inning, when Stone Speer walked the leadoff batter, DH Sebastien Boucher. After inducing two groundouts, Speer would give way to Drew Cisco. Two wild pitches would score Boucher with the game’s lone run.
Carlos Gil (1-0), who came on for Galbraith in the 8th, and Tyler Wilson would combine to finish the Miners 1-2-3 in the 9th For Gil, it was his first decision of the season, while Wilson notched his first save. Speer (0-1) would end up getting the hard luck loss.
The Miners and Champions resume their three game set tomorrow evening at 7:05 on another Fireworks Saturday at Skylands Stadium. RHP Ray Hanson is scheduled to make his first start for the Miners, while RHP Daniel Cordero is scheduled to pitch for Ottawa. Tickets are available at SCMiners.com, the Skylands Stadium box office, or by calling 973.940.0222. The game will also be broadcasted live on the Miners Radio Network and CanAmLeague.tv.