15 Jun Frazier, Miners Sweep Doubleheader
Run Winning Streak To 4 With Pair Of Wins
June 11, Augusta, NJ – The Sussex County Miners (11-2) welcomed Major League veteran Todd Frazier to the ballclub in the morning, then went out and swept the evening’s doubleheader against the Tri-City ValleyCats (3-10) by final scores of 5-0 and 14-8 in front of 2,137 fans at Skylands Stadium.
Of course, the main story of the day was Todd Frazier making his Miners debut. Frazier, wearing his familiar number 21, came out of the clubhose with a smail as the Miners faithful welcomed him, and he would sign autographs and take pictures with fans before taking the field to loosen up. And even though he would go 0-for-3 at the plate in the opening game, Todd would show that his glove was major league caliber. He made a fine defensive play to take a hit away from Oscar Campos in the sixth inning.
In game one, it was stellar pitching by Mike Castellani that added some backstory to the game. Castellani went all seven innings to get the complete game win, allowing just five hits over the outing. He was staked out to a 4-0 lead after two innings of play, in part on a MArtin Figueroa double and error that knocked home a pair of runs. Chuck Taylor would knock Figueroa in one batter later to give the Miners the 4-0 advantage, which Sussex County would never look back from. Parker Kelly would settle down after that for Tri-City, going six innings to complete the outing for the ValleyCats, but took the loss in the contest.
Game two was a much wilder affair, as both the Miners and ValleyCats would exchange runs all over the place in the first few innings. Each team scored three runs in the first, then Tri-City would equal that output in the second on a three-run home run off the bat of Juan Silverio. After that, Tyler Kovalewich would keep the ValleyCats off the board until the fifth, giving the Miners the chance to catch back up and take the lead. A two-run single by Taylor would cut the gap to 6-5, and the Miners would pull ahead for good with a three-run third inning, followed by another three runs in the fourth. A three-run fifth sealed any possible Tri-City comeback. Martin Figueroa would knock in three runs in game two, while Cito Culver went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Jason Pineda and Chuck Taylor each had two hits and two RBIs.
Photo credit: Phil Hoops