Saturday July 6, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Suns were looking for a win, any kind of win, to end their four-game losing streak. What they got Friday night might end up being special.

Ryan Olmo's three-run home run capped off a four-run fourth and finished off a comeback as the Suns rallied to beat the Old Orchard Beach Raging Tide 12-8.

"A win like this is huge, especially coming from behind," said Olmo, who replaced Kyle Singleton in the third inning. "It gets everyone back into it. It gets everyone back together. Hopefully, we can go into Brockton [tonight] and take another one."

Olmo was the offensive hero for the Suns, but he has to share the spotlight with reliever Mike Geannelis. The Williamstown right-hander pitched four innings of shutout baseball in relief of Harrison Paige to get his second win. Geannelis gave up three hits and struck out a career-high six -- including Graham McIntire to end the game.

"This is probably my best outing," said Geannelis. "I felt like I had all my pitches today. Once I got through my first inning, I felt at home and got my rhythm."

Two of the three hits given up by Geannelis came in the sixth, when he relieved Paige with no outs. Geannelis pitched out of a jam there, but retired 11 of the final 12 hitters he faced.

"After four losses, coming out and winning a game like this is huge," said Geannelis.

Geannelis said his breaking ball set up his other pitches.

"He comes in and competes every time," pitching coach Glen Misho said of Geannelis. "His command of his fastball set up his off-speed [pitches]. He used his slider and curveball to get ahead in the count."

Misho ran the team after the fourth inning because manager Tom Conley was ejected with one out in the fourth inning.

The Suns committed five of their season-high six errors over the first six innings as the Tide took a 7-3 lead. A five-run fourth inning put the Suns on their heels.

Pittsfield scored three runs in the sixth and got two in the seventh to tie the game at 8. John Kinne's RBI single plated Brendan Slattery with the tying run.

In the eighth, pinch-hitter Morgan Phillips led off with a double and Frank Crinella reached on an error. After Luke Reynolds popped out, Dill hit a 2-2 pitch down the right field line. Sciretta couldn't backhand the ball and Phillips scampered home with the go-ahead run.

Olmo replaced Singleton after the Suns' leading hitter hurt a knee sliding home to score a first-inning run. Olmo looked at a first-pitch ball and then sent the next delivery from reliever Eric Brisentine into the kids' play area in right for the three-run home run.

"I saw a pitch I wanted and just turned on it," the left-handed hitter from Rhode Island said. "I knew it was gone. It felt just right, right off the sweet spot."

For Chris Torres, the Old Orchard Beach manager, it was too many walks for his liking. Torres, who played independent baseball for the Pittsfield Colonals, is a former catcher who was not happy with the way his bullpen performed.

"I'll be honest with you. Pitchers, if you can't throw strikes and you walk and you walk and you hit guys ... there's no defense for walks," said Torres. "Our relievers came in and didn't do the job. [The Suns] took advantage of it. They hit the ball."

Slattery, Bo Slemons, and Brenden Geary all had two RBI each for the Suns. Matt Pagano went 3 for 5 with two RBI for the Raging Tide.

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