IRVING CAREER HIGH LEADS RECORD SETTING PERFORMANCE
May 28, Augusta, NJ – Nate Irving (pictured above, number 18) tied a Miners franchise record and set a career high with five hits, and the team pounded out 17 more hits, as the Sussex County Miners (3-7) swept the three-game series from the Ottawa Champions (3-6) with a 12-2 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,977 fans at Skylands Stadium. The ten-run margin of victory is the largest in Miners history.
Irving has now got six hits in his last six at bats, which also ties a Miners franchise record for most consecutive at bats with a hit. Both marks were set be Sergio Miranda on August 24, 2015 when he went 5 for 5 in the first half of a doubleheader, a 6-4 loss to Ottawa. Miranda then got a single in his first at bat of game two before flying out to center field. Irving had an RBI single in his last at bat on Saturday night to start his 6 for 6 steak.
The 10-run margin set the bar for largest victory in team history. The previous high was nine runs, set on August 21st of last year when the Miners defeated the Québec Capitales 11-2 in Québec City. The Miners also pounded out seventeen hits in that game as well, much like as in this afternoon’s performance.
Lost in the record performance was a strong outing from Miners starter Michael Tamburino (1-1). He pitched well into the seventh inning, and left to a long ovation when he was lifted from the game with two out in the seventh. Tamburino allowed two runs and six hits in 6-2/3 innings. Alex Henson finished the seventh and threw a perfect eighth, and new Miner Eric Peterson, twin brother of Ottawa starter Pat Peterson, pitched a spotless ninth to finish the game out.
Along with Irving’s performance, the Miners got big offensive contributions from Rubi Silva, who had four RBIs on a triple and a single. Six Miners had at least two hits, led by Irving’s five. Jay Austin and Mike Schwartz each had two RBIs.
The Miners scored five times in an inning for the second time this season, this time in the second inning. The effort knocked Peterson (0-2) from the game. Two other Ottawa relievers each allowed three runs in the game. Daniel Bick provided the only Ottawa run scoring offense with a two-run double in the seventh.
The Miners will conclude their homestand on Memorial Day with a special holiday edition of Fireworks Night as the New Jersey Jackals come to town for a 7:05 PM first pitch. 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.
Photo: Hunter Cox