FOUR RUN RALLY DROPS MINERS OUT OF FIRST PLACE
June 9, Ottawa, ON – After salvaging the final game of a three game set against the Québec Capitales, the Sussex County Miners traveled to Ottawa in hopes of building a winning streak. For eight and a half innings, that looked to be the case, until four ninth inning runs from the Champions handed the Miners an 8-7 loss.
Cory Jones got the starting nod for Sussex County and delivered. Six innings of two-run ball added another impressive line to his recent string of good starts, lowering his season ERA to 4.09.
Offensively, Luis Alen and Audy Ciriaco led the way, both recording three hits apiece. Mikey Reynolds tacked on another two, and Martin Figueroa recorded his first home run of the season to add to an already impressive 2018 campaign.
By the time the Champions came to bat in the ninth, the Miners were ahead 7-4 and had lockdown reliever Alex Demchak on the mound to close it out. However, a rare rough outing from the crafty lefty eventually led to a walk-off base hit from Steve Nyisztor that completed the comeback.
With the loss, the Miners drop their third game in their last four, falling half a game behind the Québec Capitales in the race for first place.
Sussex County will look to amend their loss Tuesday at 7:05 pm when they take on Ottawa in the second of a three-game set.
Article: Will Fowler
Photo: Malcolm MacMillan/TheBallparkGuide.com