HELD TO SIX HITS IN LOSS
July 6, Augusta, NJ – Having recently been swept by Quebec north of the border, the Sussex County Miners welcomed the Capitales to their home field in hopes of a different result. However, Quebec showed off why they owned the best pitching staff in the Can-Am League, defeating the Miners 6-0 and putting an end to their 15-game home winning streak.
Jordan Cummings, making his second start in a Miners uniform after being acquired from the Salina Stockade, started off strong, throwing a scoreless first two innings and striking out the side in the second. In the third, however, a routine grounder turned into an error by shortstop Jarred Mederos eventually turned into two runs, putting the Miners down early.
As it turned out, that was all the run support Jay Johnson would need. After throwing five scoreless innings against Sussex County last week, he once again went toe-to-toe with the league leaders, this time throwing seven sparkling frames of shutout ball.
The Capitales tacked on another in the sixth and broke the game open in the ninth, when three runs crossed the plate against bullpen ace Kenny Koplove. After a series of balls and soft contact, the Miners entered the bottom half of the ninth in a 6-0 hole that they could not climb out of.
With the loss, the Miners lead over Quebec shrinks to just 1/2 game. They’ll try to keep their hold on first place on Paint the Park Purple Night Saturday night at 6:05 pm.
Article: Will Fowler with Bret Leuthner contributing