MINERS WIN OPENER, QUÉBEC TAKES FINALE
June 30, Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (19-19) endured a one hour, twenty-two minute rain delay early in the first game but would get a stellar pitching performance from Kenny Roder on their way to a 2-0 victory, but would fall to the Québec Capitales (27-14) in the nightcap 11-2 in front of 1,790 fans celebrating Herbie The Miner’s birthday at Skylands Stadium on Friday night.
Roder (1-0) picked up his first professional win in going five and two-thirds innings, allowing just 3 hits in the contest. He turned the game over to Mark McCoy, who retired all 4 batters he faced in picking up his second save in as many nights. Jay Baum got the game’s only run batted in, when he hit a sacrifice fly scoring Rubi Silva in the second inning. Baum would later score on a balk. Andrew Elliott (1-1), making his first start of the year, was pulled after the rain delay but was tagged with the hard luck loss as he allowed a Baum single right before the rains came.
In the nightcap, Will Mathis (1-1) was tagged for six runs on five hits and one walk in just one-third of an inning. The big blow was a three-run home run by Marcus Knecht. For the Miners, Baum went 2-for-3 in the game, and Nick Giarraputo went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Chase McDonald also scored a run for the Miners, and Nate Irving was presed into pitching duty in the seventh earning his first career strikeout in the process.. Joseph Maher (2-2) went all seven innings for Québec, allowing two unearned runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out a season high eight.
The Miners contiinue their homestand with Star Wars Night on Saturday night, July 1st, with a 7:05 pm start against the Québec Capitales. 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