|Sun Sets On Late Rally From Pittsfield|
|By Billy Madewell, Pittsfield Suns Sports Info|
08:37AM / Wednesday, June 27, 2012
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Pittsfield Suns lost a thriller against the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide, 5-4.
Dan Bradley started for the Suns as he was opposed by Chris Bernard for the Raging Tide. Action was slow in the first three innings as there were only two hits in the game, both from Old Orchard Beach.
The Raging Tide then scored two in the top of the fourth when Jason Vosler and Michael Pratt hit back-to-back RBI doubles.
Old Orchard Beach later scored an insurance run in the fifth when Michael Cleary hit a lead-off double and scored later in the inning thanks to Dan Fratus' sacrifice fly to left.
The Suns cut the lead down to 3-1 on a bases-loaded groundout by Ryan Deitrich. But in the sixth, Grayson Porter hit a two-run blast just over the 377-foot marker in left-center field, to put the game at 5-1.
In the bottom half of the sixth, however, Travis Smith brought in Brendan Slattery as well as Zach Thulen to cut the four-run deficit in half.
Edging closer to a tie with the Raging Tide, the Suns plated another run in the seventh when Brendan Slattery's base hit drove in Jimmy Ricoy, bringing the game to 5-4. Some excellent relief work from the Van Zant brothers in the eighth and ninth stopped Pittsfield's rally short though and Old Orchard Beach prevailed in the contest, 5-4.
Getting the win for the Raging Tide was Adam Ogburn, as it was a staff day for Old Orchard Beach's bullpen. There were a total of seven pitchers for the visiting team. Dan Bradley recorded the loss and gave up all the five runs. The younger Van Zant brother, Henry Van Zant, got the save after closing it out in the ninth. Pittsfield drops under .500 at 7-8 as Old Orchard Beach reaches a 7-6 record.