Thursday June 9, 2011

PITTSFIELD -- There was noise again at Wahconah Park.

If it weren't for the 1,109 screaming Pittsfield elementary school kids, it was the music reverberating in the Colonials' locker room. A come-from-behind win will do that for you.

Chris Torres hit a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to plate the go-ahead runs, and T.J. Wink recorded his first professional victory as the Colonials rallied for a 6-4 win over the Worcester Tornadoes.

A fan favorite for more than a season, a number of Capeless Elementary School students were waiving signs with Torres' name on it and they were chanting "CT, CT" as the designated hitter came to the plate. He delivered and sent the crowd back to school happy.

"It's nice. They know me," he said. "It's good to get a win on Kids Day and maybe their parents will bring them back. I heard them."

When the Colonials left Pittsfield last week for Quebec City, they were 4-3. They dropped 3 of 4 games in Canada and then lost a 11-6 game on Tuesday morning at home to Worcester. The win was especially pleasing.

"It's a big deep breath. You're going to lose series but you can't lose three [games] in a row," Pittsfield manager Jamie Keefe said. "We have to grind it out and play hard."

The Colonials got another quality start from left-hander David Qualben, who gave up four runs on eight hits in 61 3 innings. Qualben threw 111 pitches and was tiring when Keefe called for Wink out of the bullpen.


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With runners on first and third, Wink got Alex Trezza to hit a grounder to first. Jerod Edmondson threw to short for one out, but Wink was a shade slow getting over to cover first. That allowed Abraham Nunez to score a run, giving Worcester a 4-3 lead. Wink got out of the inning without another run scoring and threw a scoreless eighth.

Matt Lyons gave out a two-out walk to Mark Minicozzi but struck Trezza out to get his first save and give Wink the win.

"It feels pretty good, honestly," Wink said. "I couldn't really ask for much more."

The left-hander from Division III Wisconsin-Superior has now thrown 72 3 innings of shutout baseball in seven games. He has only given up five hits.

Wink got in position to win thanks to the eighth-inning rally. Losing pitcher Mike Gedman walked Edmondson on a 3-2 pitch to open the inning. Angel Molina singled off reliever Al Ayala and Billy Mottram hit his second ground-rule double over the fence in right-center, plating Edmondson. Both went to almost the same spot.

"I thought the first one [an RBI double in the sixth] was definitely going out. The second one I thought I missed just a little bit," he said. "I got enough to get that run in."

Ayala walked Johnny Welch intentionally before retiring Scott Knazek and Rafael Cabreja. Then Torres scorched one up the middle the deflected off the mound and into center field. Two runs scored, which was enough for the Colonials.

"I've been hitting the ball, but no hits. I'm not 0 for 50. It happens to everybody," Torres said. "I always believe. There's only one way to go, up.

"We'll get it going. It was nice to get the win and help out the team."

Torres, Mottram and Edmondson all had two hits each for the Colonials. Worcester's Ryan Crespi had two more hits and is now 5 for 9 in the series.