Tuesday July 10, 2012

OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine -- Not even a dose of ocean air could cure the Pittsfield Suns of what is ailing them.

As has become a habit of late, the Suns squandered an early scoring chance. That gave Old Orchard Beach an opening and the Raging Tide held the Suns off 5-4 Monday night. It was the Suns' fourth straight loss and the Tide's fourth straight win.

The two teams will be at Wahconah Park tonight for the back end of the home-and-home series. The game will start at 7 p.m.

The Suns fell behind early as starter Shane Beauchemin gave up a leadoff double to Saige Jenco and that started a two-run rally.

In the top of the second inning, the Suns loaded the bases but Alex Davison struck out to retire the side without a run coming across. That's been a problem for the Suns during this current losing streak, getting a clutch hit.

Old Orchard Beach had no troubles getting clutch hits as a sacrifice fly by Tito Lluberes and an RBI single by Jenco made it 4-0 after two innings.

The Suns fought back, scoring two runs in the sixth and two more in the seventh. They got their runs in the seventh when reliever Rob Rozzi walked Brandon Howard to lead off the inning. Howard went to third on a Davison single and Paul Speicher plated both runs with a single.

That brought Henry Van Zant in from the bullpen. The Old Orchard Beach closer retired the next three hitters in order and set the Suns down 1-2-3 in the eighth and ninth to collect his fifth save.

Pittsfield had only four hits against five Old Orchard Beach pitchers. Four Suns hurlers gave up 10 hits.

The Suns' bullpen provided a spark on Monday. Zach Ferris pitched his second consecutive scoreless outing, giving up one hit and a walk in one inning. Michael Meszoros gave up one hit and struck out two in two innings of relief.