PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Suns played the perfect host to the Torrington Titans on Friday night, and the Titans up and stole the silverware.
The Titans scored a run in the first inning and never gave up the lead in a 6-2 win over the Suns.
"Every year, it always seems like we’re battling Pittsfield," said Torrington designated hitter Mike Odenwaelder, who went 2 for 5. "It’s different because we don’t get bus here, so it’s like our home away from home."
It was Pittsfield’s third consecutive loss, but only the third time the Suns had played in the last seven days.
"We just need to limit those losing streaks. The last couple of weeks, we’ve been able to go on long winning streaks," said Suns manager Tom Conley. "As long as we limit these losing streaks and [tonight] is now a huge game. We’re right back in the pack."
How tight are things right now in the West Division? With the loss, the Suns fell 112 games behind leader Worcester and are a half-game behind Torrington and Nashua.
It was a rough night for the Pittsfield hitters. While they managed seven hits and three walks, 17 Suns struck out. Seven of those were on called third strikes. Every Suns batter struck out at least once.
"Everybody, including myself, need to work on something from today, for sure," said Pittsfield third baseman Jeff McGarry. "[Starter Connor Landers] was getting ahead early in the count, so he had us guessing and looking like fools after he’d get up 0-2 on you.
The Titans scored single runs off starter Justin Finan in the first and fourth innings and outscored the Suns 4-1 over the final four frames. Finan (2-3) did not pitch badly, giving up three runs on seven hits in 523 innings.
The Titans got to Austin Salinitis for two runs in two-thirds of an inning, while newcomer Dave Egeland surrendered a run on a hit and three walks in 123 innings of work.
Pittsfield got a run in the fourth on Steve Dill’s infield single that plated Bell. Zach Tower tripled in the sixth and scored on Brenden Geary’s single.
Torr. 100 101 210 -- 6 11 1
Pitts. 000 101 000 -- 2 7 1
Landers (5), Gerics (3), Robarge (2) and DeNomme. Finan (5 2/3), Salinitis (2/3), Egeland (1 2/3), Drew (1) and Dill. W--Landers (4-1). L--Finan (2-3). 2B--T 2 (St. Clair, Capuano). P 1 (Bell). 3B--P 1 (Tower).
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