Suns fall to Old Orchard Beach; skid hits three games
OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine-- The Pittsfield Suns went a long way to see their losing streak grow to three games.
After scoring three runs in the top of the seventh inning to tie the game, the Suns gave up three in the bottom of the seventh and lost to Old Orchard Beach 6-3 on Monday night.
It wasn't how the Suns wanted to begin a tough week. Pittsfield has only one more home game, Wednesday against Brockton, until July 4.
The Suns trailed 3-0 after six innings and University of Miami right-hander Enrique Sosa held the Suns scoreless on five hits. That changed in the sixth when Frank Crinella and Ryan Deitrich hit back-to-back singles to open the inning.
After a wild pitch, Kyle Singleton hit a sacrifice fly to score Crinella and Ryan Olmo's RBI single plated Deitrich to make it 3-2.
Old Orchard Beach manager Chris Torres made a pitching change, bringing Adam Sargent in to relieve his Hurricanes teammate. Sargent promptly gave up a single to right by Derek Gardella and Olmo scored on an error by Fran Whitten in right, tying the game.
What Whitten gave the Suns in the top of the sixth, he took a way on the second pitch in the seventh when he homered off of losing pitcher Jon Luthe.
When the Suns lost on Sunday, manager Tom Conley said the pitching staff had been walking too many hitters. Luthe heard the message, because through five innings, he hadn't walked anyone.
But in the sixth, Luthe loaded the bases on two singles and a walk before he walked Mekae Hyde to force in a run.
Conley brought Chris Carmain in and Carmain got Graham McIntire to ground to third. An error by Crinella allowed Sam Canales to score the sixth run of the game.
The Suns put a runner in scoring position with two outs in the seventh inning but could not score. Relievers Evan Brisentine and Tyler Pogmore retired the final six Pittsfield hitters and Pogmore earned his second save.
Reliever Adam Whitt continued his stellar work for the Suns. The right-hander from the University of Nevada relieved Carmain with one out in the eighth inning. Whitt tossed 12 3 innings of shutout relief. He gave up one hit and one walk and struck out four.
Gardella and Rob McLam had two hits each for Pittsfield. Dylan Begin, a teammate of McLam at UMass, also homered for the Raging Tide. He hit a solo shot in the fifth inning.
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