JACOBS 3 HITS, BEAL 5 OUT SAVE SECURES SERIES WIN
Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners pounded out another 10 hits, three from Chris Jacobs, and closer Jesse Beal notched a five-out save as the home side defeated the visiting Rockland Boulders 6-5 Thursday night in front of 1,954 fans at Skylands Stadium. For the first time in franchise history, the Miners won back-to-back series.
Offensively, the Miners were led by the 3-for-4 effort from Jacobs. Also contributing were Nate Irving, who went 1-for-4 with an RBI double. Irving also scored the game winning run on a wild pitch, which was followed on the play by a throwing error on the Rockland catcher Marcus Nidiffer. Sussex County was also paced by Dustin Lawley’s two-run double in the first. Two hitting streaks continued, as All-Star Jay Austin extended his Can-Am League season-high hitting streak to 18 games with a first inning single, and Nick Giarraputo’s RBI double in the third extended his hitting streak to a season-high nine games.
On the pitching end, the Miners signed left-handed pitcher Ryan Kulik earlier in the day, and he went right to the mound for Sussex County. Kulik went 5-1/3 innings and was charged with five runs (four earned) on eight hits. Michael Suk came in and pitched two innings, allowing two hits. After Jimmer Kennedy walked the only batter he faced, Jesse Beal came on with one out in the eighth and got Devin Harris to hit into an inning ending double play. Beal then went 1-2-3 in the ninth to get his fourth save in as many chances for the Miners.
Sussex County now visit their in-state rival the New Jersey Jackals tomorrow night for a three-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 PM, and is scheduled to have Joe Donino go for the Miners against Matt Parish for the Jackals. The entire series of games can be heard on the Miners Radio Network.
Recap by Bret Leuthner. Photo by Dennis Mark.