Four Suns’ pitchers sparkle in West’s All-Star win
Berkshire Eagle Staff
BROCKTON -- Four Pittsfield Suns pitchers threw 3 1/3 innings of shutout baseball as the West Division beat the East 4-1 in the Futures League All-Star Game Thursday night.
Jamin McCann, Phil Reese and Alex Lagos all threw shutout innings for the West, while reliever Nate Spielvogel pitched out of a fifth-inning jam.
Two Suns, McCann and catcher Dan Palazzo, earned starting nods Thursday night.
The West staked McCann to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Matt Sanchez doubled to straightaway center field, went to third after Jack St. Clair struck out but took first on a wild pitch. Sanchez scored when Mike Odenwaelder grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
Like East starter Matt Quintana, McCann gave up a leadoff double to Zack Short. But unlike Quintana, McCann left Short stranded as he struck out Will Toffey, got Tom Marcinczyk on a liner to first and struck out Martin Tavares to end the inning.
The West went up 3-0 with a pair of runs on three hits in the third inning. Sanchez’ An infield single by Sanchez scored Dylan Harris from third after Harris hit a leadoff triple. Sanchez later scored on Odenwaelder’s ground out.
Pittsfield starting pitcher Phil Reese came on to pitch the third inning for the West. He retired Brian Campbell on a pop up, Short reached on an error, and after Toffey flied out, Short stole second but Reese retired Marcinczyk to end the inning.
West reliever Tyrone Miller started the home fifth, gave up a single to Paul McDonough and was pulled when he threw a wild pitch that sent McDonough to second.
Kevin Connolly came on and promptly gave up a single to center to Brian Campbell, putting runners on the corners. Short’s ground out plated McDonough and after Toffey struck out, Spielvogel came in to face the potential tying run. He got Marcinczyk to hit the first pitch for a fly out to end the threat.
Nashua’s Travis Landry retired the side in order in the ninth to close out the victory.
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