Error in ninth helps Suns top Raging Tide
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine -- Some nights, teams earn victories. Some nights, teams get a break.
The Pittsfield Suns got just such a break win Monday night. The Suns were outhit 13-6, but Old Orchard Beach committed four errors. The last of those errors allowed Luke Reynolds to score the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning as the Suns beat the Raging Tide, 8-7.
Nate Spielvogel, the third of four Pittsfield pitchers, threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief to get the win. Alex Lagos pitched out of a ninth-inning jam to record his fourth save.
The Suns coughed up a 5-1 lead as the Raging Tide scored six unanswered runs, going ahead 7-5 on Skip Flanagan's RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Pittsfield tied the game in the top of the seventh, scoring twice on two hits. Gary Tesch had an RBI on a ground out and Dan Donohue's sacrifice fly off reliever Dakota Ed wards scored Reynolds.
After striking out Paul Cotler to open the inning, Edwards hit Reynolds with a pitch. One out later, Donohue singled to left, and the throw from Jake Osborne got away from third baseman Paul McDonough and Reynolds scored.
In the home ninth, Max Kuhns singled off of Spielvogel and took second on Mekae Hyde's sacrifice bunt. That's when Suns manager Tom Conley called for his closer.
With Mendenhall taking a turn at bat, Kuhns was thrown out trying to steal third. Lagos hit Mendenhall and walked Skip Flanagan, but got Kelly Rooney on a grounder to Jeff McGarry at third to end the game.
McGarry finished up 2 for 3 with four runs batted in, while Reynolds scored three of the Suns' eight runs.
The Suns staked Brad Wilpon to an early 5-1 lead, breaking up a tie with four runs in the top of the third inning.
Old Orchard Beach starter Zach Kirby got into trouble right off the bat in the third, hitting Cotler and walking Reynolds. Donohue singled to load the bases and McGarry brought home two runs when he hit a 1-2 pitch from Kirby for a double. Tide shortstop Rooney made an error on a grounder by Dan Palazzo which Donohue and McGarry to come home. Kirby retired Derek Gardella and Brian Bocchiccio to get out of the inning without further damage.
Old Orchard Beach got back in the game in the home third as Paul McDonough hit a 1-0 pitch from Wilpon out of the park for a three-run home run, cutting the Suns' lead to 5-4. The Raging Tide scored two in the fourth and took the lead an inning later.
Pittsfield 104 000 201 -- 8 6 1
Old Orchard 013 210 000 --7 13 4
Wilpon (3), Collette (3), Spielvogel (2 1/3), Lagos (2/3) and Gardella. Kirby (6), Edwards (3) and Hyde. W--Spielvogel (2-2). L--Edwards (0-2). S--Lagos (4). 2B--P 2 (McGarry, Reynolds). OOB 2 (Kuhns, Flanagan). 3B--OOB 1 (Hyde). HR--OOB 1 (McDonough).
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