MINERS MATCH SEASON HIGHS FOR RUNS AND HITS IN ROMP
Pomona, NY – The Sussex County Miners (22-36) put together a complete effort on their way to defeating the Rockland Boulders (35-22) 10-2 on Wednesday afternoon in front of 3,631 at Palisades Credit Union Park. The win gives the Miners victories in four of their last five games, and seven of their last 11 overall.
Offensively, the Miners matched season highs in runs (10) and hits (14). All nine Miners in the batting order notched hits, with the biggest blow coming from C Alex DeBellis (pictured, number 10). DeBellis’ grand slam in the third inning broke the game open for Sussex County. Jay Austin had two hits to extend his hitting streak to a Can-Am League-high 17 games this season, Nick Giarraputo extended his own hit streak to a season-high eight games, and Dominique Taylor extended his own hitting streak to four games. Nate Irving had two hits and three RBI, Chris Jacobs and Dustin Lawley each had two hits and an RBI, Brenden Webb—who hit in the leadoff spot for the first time this season today—started the game off with a single. SS Chris Chiaradio collected his first professional RBI his base hit in the seventh inning.
The Miners needed only one pitcher this afternoon, and that was Francisco Rodriguez. Rodriguez (6-2) tossed 147 pitches to finish the high-quality effort that he started, scattering just five hits through the nine innings and also striking out a season-high nine batters. In going the distance, Rodriguez notched his first career complete game at the professional level.
For the Boulders (35-22), Luis Sanz took the loss after he gave up six runs in his three innings of work. Edgar Valle, who relieved Sanz, surrendered the other four runs.
Tomorrow the Miners return home to Skylands Stadium to play the rubber game of the series against the Boulders at 7:05 PM. It will be Riviera Maya Night and SCARC Night. To buy tickets, please click here. You can also watch the game live on CanAmLeague.tv or locally on Service Electric Channel 10, or listen to the broadcast on the Miners Radio Network.
Recap by Bret Leuthner. Photo by Dennis Mark.