Sunday June 23, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- Kyle Singleton hit one of the longest home runs seen at Wahconah Park in years on Saturday night, a home run that sent a jolt of electricity through the crowd.

It didn't last that long as two hits, two walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball led to two runs in the top of the ninth inning as the visiting Torrington Titans got up off the canvas to beat the Pittsfield Suns 6-4.

The Suns won the completion of the opener, also by a 6-4 score.

Singleton's third home run of the season was the first hit at Wahconah Park by a Suns player and came on a 1-2 pitch from reliever Rhett Jones.

Pittsfield reliever Patrick Lia, the third Suns pitcher, had gotten through the eighth without difficulty, but ran into trouble in the ninth.

Connor McKay led off with a single, stole second and scored the go-ahead run on Brian Fay's base hit. Fay was out trying to take an extra base. Then Lia's problems began.

The right-hander walked Jake McGuiggan and then threw consecutive wild pitches to Stephen Eldredge, putting McGuiggan at third. A passed ball on the first pitch to Kolten Yamaguchi plated McGuiggan with the sixth run. Lia did settle down and limit the damage to two runs.

Torrington manager Misha Dworkin brought closer Alex DiSanto on to face the Suns in the ninth, and the Suns made it interesting.

With one out, Frank Crinella singled and took second on a bad-hop infield single by Brenden Geary. Devon Reed battled DiSanto, but Reed struck out on the ninth pitch of the at-bat. Rob McLam hit the first pitch he saw and popped to Casey Jones to end the game.

The Suns were in position to possibly win because of one Singleton swing. With two runners on, he hit a 1-2 pitch from Torrington reliever Rhett Jones over the short fence in right. The ball came up about 10 feet shy of the 420-foot mark in right-center. The three-run bomb made it 4-4.

The Suns got to the Torrington bullpen because starter Nick Fuller was nearly unhittable. The left-hander gave up two infield singles in 61 3 innings.

Fuller came in having given up only one run on four hits in two starts for the Titans. He didn't give up a hit until Brendan Slattery's grounder tipped off the pitcher's glove for an infield single to lead off the fifth inning.

Lia (0-1), the third Suns pitcher, took the loss. Jones (1-0), the second of three Titan pitchers, got the win.