LATE RALLY FALLS SHORT TO START SERIES
June 29, Québec City, QC – The Sussex County Miners traveled north of the border to a city they hadn’t visited all season – Québec – to take on the Capitales for the first time in 2018. Their trip began with a rough patch, however, as they were on the losing side of a 5-2 game.
Québec starter Jay Johnson set the tone early for the Capitales, as he escaped trouble on numerous occasions to keep the Miners scoreless through five. Despite allowing six hits, his seven strikeouts and zero walks were enough to bring the potent Sussex County offense to a screeching halt.
Offensively, it was Kalian Sams and James McOwen leading the charge for Québec, as they both went yard in a game that saw Quebec’s middle of the order flex their muscle.
Québec recorded eight hits – seven of which game from hitters 3 through 7 in the order – and saw all of their RBI production come from the heart of the lineup.
For the Miners, Andrew Vinson took the loss despite a decent outing; he only allowed three runs in six innings, but a three run cushion was more than enough for the Capitales pitchers. El’Hajj Muhammad bandaged the wound for two thirds of an inning, but Kevin Grendell allowed another two in the seventh, giving Québec a five-run lead – a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The Miners bats didn’t fail to show up; in fact, every player in the Miners lineup recorded a hit. Jayce Ray had an RBI triple scoring Connor Crane. However, when opportunities came, it was the stingy Québec pitching that came out on top.
The Miners are back in action Saturday night at 6:05 PM, where they’ll look to even up their series with the Capitales. Tune in to the Miners Radio Network at mixlr.com/scminers for all the action from Bret Leuthner.
Article: Will Fowler
Photo: Sébastien Dion