BATS QUIETED IN MINERS LOSS
July 3, Augusta, NJ – The Trois-Rivières Aigles (16-26), led by starting pitcher Edilson Alvarez, came into Skylands Stadium and did what no other opponent has done: pitch a complete game victory against the Sussex County Miners (21-20) in Augusta. But Alvarez did just that, holding the Miners to just four hits, and got plenty of run support in the process as the Aigles defeated the Miners by a score of 11-3 in front of 1,378 Country Night fans. The four hits match a season low for the Miners in a single game this season.
Alvarez (4-4) was in control most of the night, as after allowing runs in the first two innings, Alvarez would completely keep the Miners off-rhythm at the plate. Alvarez would only allow two hits past the second inning – a solo home run by J.J. Fernandez in the fifth and a leadoff bloop single by Nate Irving in the eighth. Otherwise, Alvarez had the Miners offense stymied. Alvarez finished with just the four hits, walking one and striking out eight Miners for the 2nd straight outing against Sussex County.
The Miners actually scored first on a sac fly by Nick Giarraputo in the first, and would tie the game up in the second inning when Rubi Silva and Jay Baum would both hit doubles, the second of which tie the game at 2. Otherwise, it was a difficult time for the Miners to get going offensively. For Trois-Rivières, the game turned when Trevor Gretzky laced a 2-run single to put the Aigles up 5-2 in the fifth. After that point, Trois-Rivières would out score Sussex County 6-1 over the final four innings to get the win, Carter McEachern would go 4-for-4 with two runs batted in and thee runs scored for the Aigles. Kody Kerski (1-1), making his first professional start, took the loss for the Miners.
The Miners continue their three game series against the Trois-Rivières Aigles with our Fourth of July Fireworks Night on Tuesday night at a special start time of 6:05 pm. 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.