GAME 1: RODRIGUEZ, NYISZTOR PACE 4-2 WIN OVER AIGLES
Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (6-6) got another strong performance from starting pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, three hits from Steve Nyisztor, and a solo home run from Ryan Dent to lead the home side to a 4-2 win over the visiting Trois-Rivières Aigles in game one of a day/night doublehearder in front of 2,109 fans on School Day at Skylands Stadium.
The Miners bats were led by Nyisztor’s three hits, the first of which got the Miners started in a run scoring third inning. Nyisztor would double, be sacrificed over to 3rd by Ryan Dent, and then score on Jay Austin’s groundout for the game’s first run.
Rodriguez (2-1) was once again in command through most of his seven innings of work. His lone hiccup inning came in the sixth, when Trois-Rivières put two runs across on back-to-back doubles by David Amberson and Eric Grabe and a Delvis Morales single. After that, Rodriguez settled right back down, getting out of the sixth with no further damage.
In the bottom of the sixth, the Miners would regain the lead, and they would do it with another two-out rally. Carl Thomore would hit a double in the left-center gap, and Sean Hurley would follow with a double of his own to score Thomore. Gaby Juarbe would then bring an end to Aigles starter Max Schonfeld’s Can-Am debut with a run scoring single, pushing the Miners back on top 3-2.
In the bottom of the seventh, Dent would take a Edilson Alvare pitch well over the wall in left-center field, hitting the scoreboard above the outfield wall signage to give the Miners a 4-2 lead that would hold up as the final score line. Drew Cisco worked a solid eighth inning in which the only two hits were both soft hits off of tough pitches, and Andres Santiago came on in the ninth and notched his league-leading fourth save of the season.
GAME 2: SUK THROWS SEVEN STRONG, JAY AUSTIN GOES 4-FOR-4 IN MINERS’ 2-1 WIN
Augusta, NJ – Strong pitching continues to be a staple for success for the Sussex County Miners (7-6). In game two of a day/night doubleheader, Michael Suk once again spun a strong seven inning effort in allowing just one run and striking out seven batters as the Miners defeated the Trois-Rivières Aigles 2-1 to sweep the doubleheader and move a game above .500 for just the second time in the franchise’s two-year history. It also marks just their second doubleheader sweep in franchise history, having one last year against the New Jersey Jackals on July 26th at Skylands Stadium.
Suk (2-1) earned the win for the Miners in going 7 strong innings for the second straight outing. Suk allowed just one run in the sixth inning on six hits, with no walks and seven strikeouts. Josh Wood pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and Andres Santiago worked around an error in the ninth to earn his second save of the day and league-leading fifth of the season in five opportunities.
Offennsively the Miners had eleven base hits, four of which came off the bat of Jay Austin. Austin also had the go ahead RBI in the bottom of the sixth, when his single scored Steve Nyisztor, who led the frame off with a sharp double. Carl Thomore also had two hits for Sussex County and scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the fifth, when Sean Hurley chased him home with a run scoring double. Ryan Dent also had two hits for the Miners.
Trois-Rivières (3-10) had another solid outing from Ryan Bollinger, who, despite allowing nine hits, found ways to keep the Miners at bay for the most part. Bollinger allowed two runs while striking out three and not walking a batter. Delvis Morales was the only player in the Aigles lineup who had two hits.
The Miners next embark on a four game road trip to Ottawa to take on the Champions starting Thursday night at 7:05 PM. All four games on the road trip can be heard on the Miners Radio Network. The Miners then return home on June 6th to start a seven game homestand, with the New Jersey Jackals coming to Skylands Stadium for the first three games and then followed by the Shikoku Island All-Stars. Tickets for all Miners home games are available by clicking here or calling the box office at 973.940.0222. Games can also be watched for free on CanAmLeague.tv.
Recaps by Bret Leuthner. Photo by Taylor Jackson.