Saturday June 22, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- It took more than two weeks, but the Pittsfield Suns finally won their home opener.

Brenden Geary's three-run double broke a seventh-inning tie and gave the Suns a rain-delayed 6-4 win over the Torrington Titans in the completion of the June 6 opener.

"We got the win, so it's all that matters," said Suns infielder Frank Crinella, who had never waited two weeks to win a game.

The Suns and Titans got into the eighth inning on Opening Night before rain forced suspension of the game with the score tied at 3. Sixteen days after the game started, it went into the Suns' win column.

"It's pretty unusual," said Geary of his game-winning hit that came two weeks after the first pitch. "It's nice.

"It feels good [to win the opener]. It's about time."

When we last left these teams, the Titans rallied from a 3-0 deficit to score three runs on two hits and three straight walks by Pittsfield reliever Matt O'Kipney in the top of the seventh inning. But Adam Whitt came on in the seventh and pitched out of the jam to end the threat.

In the Pittsfield seventh, Ryan Deitrich was at second and Morgan Phillips was at first when the game was suspended. Tom Quicker, who was pitching for Torrington when the game was stopped, took the bump when play resumed at 6:05 on Saturday.

Quicker, who hit Phillips with the last pitch on Opening Night, walked Brendan Slattery on a 3-1 pitch and then threw two balls to Geary.


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The Pittsfield first baseman, who came into the at-bat 0 for 2, with a pair of harmless ground outs, hammered a fastball to left-center field. Titans' center fielder Casey Jones dove for the sinking fly ball, but couldn't come up with it.

"On a 2-0 swing, you have to be aggressive and it's got to be in one spot," Geary said. "You have to take advantage of it."

It was a series of pitches that Titans manager Misha Dworkin was not happy with at all.

"[Quicker] walked the guy and then got behind on the other guy," said Dworkin, "and got [lit up]. That's what happens when you don't throw strikes. When you don't throw strikes, you get hit."

Jones got a pretty good jump on the ball, but it kept tailing away from him towards the gap in left-center. He couldn't come up with it on a full-out dive.

"I was praying to God he didn't catch it," said Geary. "As I was rounding first, I shouldn't have been looking but I was looking to make sure the ball got down."

Whitt gave up a run in the eighth inning as Jones hit a leadoff single, took second on a passed ball by Slattery and went to third on Connor McKay's fly out. Brian Fay was the next hitter, and his infield single off the mound plated Jones to make it 6-4.

From there Whitt struck out the side in the eighth and the Titans went 1-2-3 in the ninth to get what is recorded in the record books as the opening-night win.

Rob McLam, who came into the regularly-scheduled game with a six-game hitting streak, finished up with two of the Suns' six hits.

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