Pittsfield Suns drop home opener to Bristol in 12 innings
PITTSFIELD — If nothing else, the Pittsfield Suns showed enough to keep fans riveted to their chairs. Just not enough to win their home opener.
On opening night before 2,205 fans at Wahconah Park, the Suns went 12 innings against the Bristol Blues. The Suns had the winning run on first base with two outs, but Bristol reliever Nick Silva struck out his University of Maine teammate Colin Ridley as the Suns fell 5-3 Thursday night.
The real fireworks came after the game with a show that kept the remainder of the 2,205 here enthralled. A win by the home team would have completed a daily double. It was not to be.
In what seemed to be a day ago, Bristol had tied the game in the eighth inning when Andrew Kendrick scored from third on an error by Suns shortstop Kevin Donati.
It was an interesting night for the former Pittsfield High School shortstop. He committed two errors but made a half-dozen stellar defensive plays. He also drove in the second Pittsfield run with a sacrifice fly.
But manager Tom Conley and his Suns players might lament what might have been in this game. The Suns, who scored 11 runs in the season opener Wednesday at Torrington, were held to four hits in the game, and they did not get a hit after Colin Gimblet's base hit in the sixth inning.
The Suns had a real chance to walk the game off in the bottom of the ninth. Donati and Spencer Tinkel were walked to lead off the inning. Reliever Mike Munson, the third of five Bristol pitchers, then struck out Justin Glover and Trent Bryan. Cam Walsh worked a walk to load the bases, but Tom Hughes forced Walsh at second to end the threat.
Bristol left a runner on in scoring position in the 10th, their 12th through those innings. The Suns couldn't dodge that final bullet in the 12th.
Reid Connolly walked Brandon Glover and Hunter Southerland to open the 12th. After Connolly threw two balls to James Brown, Conley brought in Feeney, who proceeded to walk Brown.
The next hitter was Logan Greene, who went the other way and hit a two-run single to right. After Feeney struck out Zach Scott, the Blues got the fifth run on a Tyler Roberts single.
Then came the home 12th and reliever Mike Krieger walked Walsh, hit Hughes and walked Zachary to load the bases. That brought in Silva, who got Hamilton on a pop out. Gimblet worked a walk to force in a run, but Silva struck out Donati and pinch-hitter Ridley to end the game.
It seemed like a long time ago that Jamin McCann turned in a quality five innings for the Suns. The left-hander from East Tennessee State started his second consecutive home opener. McCann gave up a fifth-inning run on six hits. He walked two and struck out six. McCann was the first of seven Pittsfield pitchers.
Contact Howard Herman at 413-496-6253.
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