JUMP TO EARLY LEAD, HOLD OFF AIGLES
July 4, Augusta, NJ – An early start by the Sussex County Miners (22-20), along with solid pitching throughout the game, propelled the home side to a 6-4 win over the Trois-Rivières Aigles in front of an Independence Day crowd of 4,142 at Skylands Stadium. The win puts the Iners two games over .500 for just the third time in franchise history.
The Miners hitting contributions were balanced throughout the night. Chase McDonald went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and a run batted in. Nick Giarraputo had two hits as well and knocked in a run in four trips to the plate, and Alexi Colon went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a run batted in for the Sussex County attack, as six dierent Miners had runs batted in against Trois-Rivières starter Chris Murphy (2-3) and reliever Owen Boon. Ryan Leach and Kyle Hansen threw scoreless innings for the Aigles to keep them within reach in the late innings.
Michael Tamburino (3-3) got the start for the Miners and pitched well for six and one-third innings, allowing jsut three hits while striking out six up to that point. But Tamburino would run into trouble, and the Aigles would pull to within two runs on David Glaude‘s second home run of the season. Alex Demchak would retire the final two Aigles in the seventh, including picking up his first career strikeout. El’Hajj Muhammad would work a perfect eighth, and Mark McCoy would strike out all three Aigles he faced in the ninth to record his fourth save of the season.
The Miners finish their three game series against the Trois-Rivières Aigles with a Wednesday night matchup beginning at 7:05 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.