OTTAWA TAKES CLOSE GAME IN 8TH
June 2, Ottawa, ON – An eighth inning home run by Brian Bistagne provided the winning margin as the Ottawa Champions edged the Sussex County Miners 3-2 on Friday night at RCGT Park in Ottawa. It was the Miners’ second straight defeat after having won six games in a row.
Michael Tamburino (pictured) had another quality start, going six innings and allowing two runs on three hits. The Miners would claw out of a 2-0 hole in the third on a Nick Giarraputo single, knocking home Nate Irving. Irving would then hit an opposite field, solo home run to tie the game at two.
Ottawa, having gotten a run scoring sac fly from Steve Brown and a solo home run from Matt Helms, would get the winning margin from Bistagne in the eighth, taking a 1-0 pitch from Gianni Zayas (2-3) over the left field wall. Alex Luna (1-0) threw a three-strikeout eighth to get the win, and Raydel Sanchez came on in the ninth to get his second save of the season.
The Miners come back home on Monday, June 5th as the New Jersey Jackals once again come to Skylands Stadium 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: Christina Carrillo