Suns grab rain-shortened win


PITTSFIELD -- Two wins in a row may not, in the minds of many, constitute a winning streak. Three wins is another story.

The Pittsfield Suns jumped out to a five-run lead against Worcester, only to see the Bravehearts chip away. The visitors got close, but a late-game downpour kept them from completing the comeback as the Suns scored a 6-4 win Wednesday morning at Wahconah Park. The game was stopped as the Bravehearts came out for the eighth inning.

"It was nice," said Suns manager Tom Conley. "We played really sloppy the last time we played them. If we didn’t make all those errors, if we only made four, we probably beat them last week, too. It’s nice to win."

When the two teams played each other in Worcester on June 5, the Suns outhit the Bravehearts 11-10 but committed seven errors to none in a 7-6 win by Worcester.

Justin Finan and reliever Blake Drew were negatively impacted by the defensive lapses on that night. On Wednesday, Finan got the ball again.

The right-hander from Holy Cross threw a serviceable five innings for Pittsfield. He gave up one unearned run on five hits, walked two and struck out five to get the win. Alex Lagos picked up his second save.

"He gave up a lot of soft hits last week, but I thought he was a little sharper today," said the Suns manager. "His pitch count [87 pitches] was still up there through five ... he did a good job today."

The Suns’ offense has awakened, and it is being led by Jeff McGarry. The University of Pennsylvania player was 2 for 4 with an RBI single in Pittsfield’s three-run third inning. He extended his hitting streak to five games and is 11 for 24 in that stretch, raising his batting average to .419.

"I’ve just had a good approach and I’ve had a couple of two-strike hits," McGarry said. "When I get two strikes, I just think ‘This guy is not going to strike me out.’ I worry about putting the ball in play. I foul off a few and they find holes.

"No extra-base hits, but they will come."

The Suns took the lead in the second inning on three hits and a costly throwing error by Worcester shortstop Nick Nunziato. McGarry drove in a run with a single to center in the Suns’ three-run third. Derek Gardella’s two-run double to the wall in left-center plated the other two runs. Gardella was also 2 for 4.

Pittsfield led 6-1 before the Bravehearts started chipping away. Worcester scored twice in the sixth on three hits and an error and made it 6-4 when Nunziato led off the seventh with a solo home run.

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