Tuesday July 3, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- The North Shore Navigators were stuck in traffic on the Massachusetts Turnpike and got to Wahconah Park late. The Pittsfield Suns didn't kick their game into gear until late -- the second game of the twinight doubleheader.

Dan Bradley threw a complete-game, two-hitter as the Suns beat the Navigators 5-1 to earn a split of a Futures League doubleheader Monday night.

In the opener, North Shore scored five runs on four hits and two costly errors in the third inning as the Navigators beat the Suns 6-4 in a rescheduled game. The Suns were the designated visiting team in the opener, which was originally scheduled for Lynn.

Bradley, who pitches for Assumption, entertained the crowd of 579 by retiring seven straight midway through the game. That streak ended when Tim Hendricks reached on an error by Pittsfield second baseman Rob McLam in the top of the seventh.

Bradley gave up two hits to Jack McGuiggan. The righty didn't walk anyone, struck out three and threw 62 of 92 pitches for strikes as he earned his first Futures League win.

The Suns staked Bradley to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. With one out Anthony Corona, Ryan Deitrich and Brendan Slattery hit consecutive singles. Slattery's base hit scored Corona. Jimmy Ricoy's groundout scored Deitrich with the second run.

North Shore cut into the lead when McGuiggan singled, stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on Andrew Harris' groundout.

Pittsfield added two runs in the home third. University of Florida right-hander Keenan Kish retired the first two batters but walked Slattery on four pitches. Ricoy singled and Slattery scored on a base hit by Josh Theulen. Ricoy came home on an error by Kish.

Kish gave up five runs on five hits in 3 1/3 innings.

Tom Darby took the loss in the opener. The left-hander from Eastern Connecticut gave up six runs on six hits in four innings. Five of those runs were unearned. Darby threw 59 of his 88 pitches for strikes.

It was 1-1 when the Navigators erupted in the third.

Darby and the Suns retired the first two hitters of the inning before Hendricks singled on a 2-2 pitch. By the time the dust settled, Aaron Silbar and Rob Krentzman had RBI singles, Ricoy and Tito Marrero committed errors and all five of the runs were unearned.

Pittsfield chipped away with a run in the fourth on Travis Smith's double. Ricoy had an RBI single in the sixth and Marrero hit a sacrifice fly to make it 6-4.

The Suns had one last chance in the seventh inning against North Shore closer Ryan Grant. Rob McLam hit a shot to Brad Elwood at second for the first out. Mike Rueger grounded to Silbar at short and Ryan Deitrich ended the game with his fly out to Hendricks in right.

University of Florida lefty Corey Stump got the win for North Shore. He gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits in five innings. Grant relieved Joe Katin in the sixth inning and pitched two shutout innings for his second save. Grant faced seven batters.

Pittsfield's newest reliever, Matt Coleman from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, pitched two shutout innings of relief, giving up one hit.