|Suns Fall To Navigators In The Ninth|
|By Billy Madwell, Pittsfield Suns Sports Info|
12:06PM / Monday, June 11, 2012
LYNN, Mass. — The Pittsfield Suns were handed their first lost of the season with late-inning drama against the North Shore Navigators.
The lefty Zach Ferris started for the Suns and North Shore sent out right-hander Adrian Benitez. The Navigators took an early 4-0 lead in the top of the second as Patrick Raley, Brad Elwood, and Alex Markakis each hit an RBI double with Elwood getting two RBIs in his route to his two-bagger.
Jimmy Ricoy has been very impressive so far this season. In the top half of the fourth, with runners on second and third, Markakis hit a fly ball into right field, where Ricoy played. After the catch he threw a bullet to home plate and gunned down Sam August. This play helped change the momentum for the Suns, as they scored two runs in their half of the inning.
With the score at 4-2 North Shore in the top of the fifth, Tim Hendricks hit a frozen rope to right-center for an RBI triple, extending the Navigators' lead to 5-2.
However, the Suns would bounce back immediately. Pittsfield hit four consecutive singles to force in two runs, one coming in on a throwing error from the right fielder August. That would be all from Benitez, as Mike Weisman came in for relief. The Suns would then score two more to end the inning with 4 runs and a 6-5 lead.
In the sixth, both teams tallied an extra run on the board as Jake McGuiggan hit an RBI triple to deep left-center for the Navigators and Ryan Deitrich hit an RBI single for the Suns.
With the score 7-6 in favor of the Suns in the seventh, Tito Marrero walked, advanced to third on two separate wild pitches, and scored on a throwing error by the catcher, Patrick Raley, to put an insurance run on the scoreboard.
But then the Navigators took over. With two outs in the top of the eighth, McGuiggan walked, then Ryan Muno hit a two-run homer into the bullpen in left field. Hendricks later hit an RBI single to put North Shore up 9-8 going into the bottom of frame.
From there, Pittsfield bat around the order and score four runs in the inning through an RBI single from Marrero, a wild pitch, an RBI hit batsman, and an RBI groundout, to go up 12-8.
However, in the top of the ninth, closer Adam Krebs blew the save, first giving up five singles and an intentional walk to tie the game at 12. On a 1-2 pitch with two outs and the bases loaded, Kreb threw a wild pitch to advance all the runners, making the score 13-12. Then, as Krebs is walking back to the mound, the catcher, Brandan Slattery, threw to Krebs who was looking away. The ball rolled towards the first baseman, who tried to gun the runner down at home. Instead, the ball went wide and the Suns fell behind 14-12.
Navigators' Tim Cassidy closed out the game with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.