Few fireworks, but Suns still get a win on Fourth
PITTSFIELD -- It's not the ideal way to draw up a win, but the Pittsfield Suns will more than take it.
The Suns scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning without the benefit of a hit, and reliever Adam Krebs picked up the win by pitching 12 3 innings of shutout relief as Pittsfield beat Seacoast 2-1 before an announced crowd of 4,170 at Wahconah Park on Wednesday night.
"I would have preferred to go 4 for 4 with 6 RBI today. But hey, we won the game," Suns catcher Brendan Slattery said. "That's all that matters."
The Suns played extra-small ball in the eighth inning. Ryan Deitrich, who had one of the three Pittsfield hits, scored from second base when Mavericks reliever Kevin Mayone was charged with a throwing error after fielding a dribbler off the bat of Slattery. Pittsfield had tied the game when Mike Rueger's sacrifice fly plated Brandon Howard after Howard walked to open the eighth.
"We'll take it. There are no ugly wins in this league," said Deitrich. "There are no ugly wins in baseball.
"It's a good win. With a packed house tonight, we really needed to pull that one out."
It was the Suns' fourth win in their last five games.
Deitrich, who was walked on four pitches by reliever Matt Novak, quickly stole second and that set up the game-winning play.
Both starting pitchers, Pittsfield's Michael RoBards and Seacoast's Lucas Olen, were outstanding. RoBards, the left-hander from San Diego State, pitched six innings of scoreless baseball. He gave up five hits and struck out nine. Olen went seven and held the Suns scoreless on three hits, four walks and five strikeouts.
Pittsfield reliever Michael Meszoros gave up his first earned run of the season when Anyelo Roman singled through the drawn-in infield, scoring Bryan Langlois. It could have been a big inning, but Kevin Stenhouse was thrown out at home trying to score on Langlois' double. Shortstop Brandon Howard, who was charged with three errors in his first game back, made a perfect relay throw to Slattery, who slapped the tag on Stenhouse.
After Meszoros hit Scott DeJong with a 2-2 pitch, Pittsfield manager Jamie Keefe beckoned Krebs from the bullpen. The right-hander struck out Jon Pilla III and Greg Wilson to end the inning. Krebs then struck out two batters before giving up a single to Kyle Bobolts in the ninth. Stenhouse popped to Slattery in foul territory to end the game.
"I just try to stay confident," said Krebs. "We have a great crowd here and they really pump you up. So, I just try to make the pitches and execute. Whatever happens, happens."
NOTES: It was a long day for Keefe and his players, who rode a float in Wednesday morning's Fourth of July Parade in Pittsfield.
"Oh man, it was a lot of fun. I experienced something similar on Martha's Vineyard last year, but this was a whole city coming together," Suns catcher Anthony Corona said. "Jamie actually told us it was going to be a zoo. He wasn't kidding."