Photo Gallery | Pittsfield Suns vs Nashua Silver Knights
PITTSFIELD — There are ups and downs to every baseball season. The Pittsfield Suns have to hope that this is the last real down of 2016.
The Suns fell behind early to Nashua and never recovered, as the Silver Knights rolled to a 16-2 win Thursday night at Wahconah Park. It was a far cry from Monday's 13-inning win by the Silver Knights.
Pittsfield has now lost a season-high five consecutive games, and look to correct that Friday against Brockton at home.
"We're getting into a funk," said left fielder Tyler Brosius. "We're hitting the ball hard. Hopefully, we'll start finding some holes."
The Suns managed only four hits off of Nashua spot starter Taylor Doyle and two relievers. The Silver Knights chased the usually reliable Jamin McCann after 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander gave up 11 runs, six earned, on 12 hits.
But after two extra-inning games this week, the Pittsfield bullpen was gassed. So manager Tom Conley used Thomas Hughes and Spencer Tinkel in mop-up roles. Each one threw a scoreless inning.
The manager was not particularly talkative after the game.
"Jamin just didn't have his best stuff. They've got a good lineup, so you have to give them credit," said Conley.
The Silver Knights finished with 19 hits. Amherst College's Harry Roberson was 4 for 5 with six runs batted in. Mickey Gasper had three hits, including a two-run home run in the third inning, while Anthony Medury hit a solo homer to lead off the fifth.
"When you get behind that quick and you're trying to battle uphill," said Conley, "it's just tough to do."
McCann gave up the run in the first inning, retired the side in order in the second and struck out Cam DiSarcina to open the third. The southpaw walked Roberson and then gave up the homer on a 2-1 pitch to Gasper. The ball sailed over the wall in center field.
If the Suns had any thought of making a comeback, it was dashed in the next inning when Nashua scored three runs, two earned, on four hits and an error.
For the Suns, it has been a case of hit the ball one game, don't hit it the next. Pittsfield had one hit, a double by Justin Morhardt, over the first four innings. The Suns got on the board when John Nollet hit a leadoff single in the fifth and eventually scored on Chris Cimmino's sacrifice fly. Cimmino drove in the other run, plating Brosius from third on a ground out.
On Monday, the Suns pounded out 11 hits, had only four on Tuesday and had 18 more on Wednesday. So if this week is any indication, the Suns could be ready for an offensive game against Brockton. That is, however, a big if.
"It's frustrating, but we still have a long way to go. You're going to have these games in a long season like this," said Pittsfield's Hughes. "We'll be all right. We're not swinging the bat too well. I think we'll figure it out."
Contact Howard Herman at 413-496-6253.