MINERS SNAP SKID WITH 9-3 WIN OVER ROCKLAND
Pomona, NY | July 27, 2016 – The Sussex County Miners (24-40) got a three-hit performance from Alex DeBellis, five solid innings from Ryan Kulik, clutch bullpen work from Michael Suk, and timely at bats in the later innings to pull away and defeat the Rockland Boulders (38-25) 9-3 on Wednesday afternoon in front of 3,588 fans at Palisades Credit Union Park. The win snapped the Miners losing streak at four, while halting the Rockland winning streak at three.
The Miners bats were led by DeBellis’ 3-for-5 outing at the plate. In the fourth inning, DeBellis hit his third home run of the season to tie the score 2-2. For DeBellis, the three home runs have all been hit against his former team, and it was his second home run in as many games. Dominique Taylor drove in two runs with a seventh inning double, and Nick Giarraputo and Dustin Lawley also had two RBI each on the afternoon.
Also of note at the plate was the Miners patience. Sussex County drew 10 walks in the game, which set a franchise record for most in a single game. The previous high of eight was achieved five times previously, including twice this season. Jay Austin stole his 31st base of the season to retake the Can-Am League lead from Rockland’s Junior Arrojo, as well as extended his own club record for most stolen bases in a season.
Kulik was called on to start his second game for the Miners and turned in five solid innings against Rockland’s offense. Kulik surrendered two runs, both on former Miner Elvin Soto’s third home run of the season. In just his second start since last September, Kulik threw 83 pitches and entered the sixth with a 4-2 lead.
But Kulik would run into a jam in the sixth. Two singles and a walk had the bases loaded, and Bobby Jones called on Suk to keep Rockland at bay. The big right-hander from Blairstown would do just that, striking out the side upon entering and maintaining the Miner lead at 4-2. That moment was the turning point in the game, as the Miners would add three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth to pull away. Overall, Suk would allow a run on three hits in his three innings of work. Michael Tamburino closed out the game with a scoreless ninth inning.
The Miners now head home for a four-game series against the Québec Capitales starting Thursday at 7:05 PM. Joe Donino is the scheduled starter for the Miners, while Jasvir Rakkar is scheduled for Québec. Tickets for this and all Miners home games can be purchased at the box office, by calling (973) 940-0222, or by visiting www.sussexcountyminers.com/tickets. Tomorrow night’s game can also be seen on Service Electric Channel 10, CanAmLeague.tv, and heard on the Miners Radio Network.
Recap by Bret Leuthner. Photo by Dennis Mark.