Suns hold off Seacoast, 7-6
PITTSFIELD -- Things may not always work out on the field for the Pittsfield Suns. The Suns have, however, not been boring.
Take Wednesday morning's game, for example. The Suns pounded out 12 hits against visiting Seacoast, put the leadoff runner on base in five in five innings, left runners stranded in scoring position seven times and had three runners thrown out at home plate. But the Suns still found a way to win.
Alex Davison scored after stealing third and coming home on a wild throw in the bottom of the seventh inning, Matt Timoney pitched three scoreless innings for his first win and Adam Krebs earned the first save in team history as the Suns beat the Mavericks 7-6, before an enthusiastic crowd of 2,430 -- made up mostly of Pittsfield Public Schools elementary school students.
"We're out here to have fun, and to have fun you've got to win games," Suns left fielder Ryan Deitrich said. "We're out here to hit the ball and see what we can do. We're not too worried about getting down by too many runs. We know we can hit."
Deitrich went 3 for 4 and was one of four Suns players to have multiple hits.
"The team showed a lot of fight, and that's what you want," catcher Anthony Corona said. "We could have laid down when they took the lead, but we didn't. We scratched and we fought."
The Suns were able to fight thanks in large measure to the performance of Timoney.
The 5-foot-8 right-hander from Harvard made only his second appearance of the young season. He threw 2 3 of an inning in a 4-2 loss at Torrington on Sunday and retired the only two hitters he faced.
Wednesday, he came on in the sixth with the Suns trailing 6-5. Timoney gave up a one-out single in the sixth, retired seven straight, and pitched out of a little jam in the eighth.
"The kid's not going to blow the ball by you, but the kid hits his spots," said Corona. "He's got great stuff. We were working on a cutter today, and we mixed it in a little bit. The kid came in and did a great job."
Timoney, who made three starts and nine relief appearances for the Crimson, said he felt pretty good about his appearance.
"I just want to throw strikes," he said. "I've got a good defense behind me and they made a lot of plays for me. I was able to locate [the fastball] down and they weren't able to do too much with it."
The Suns scored four runs in the first inning, two coming on Jimmy Ricoy's two-run double. Corona was thrown out at home trying to score on Paul Speicher's two-out single. That turned out to be a recurring story of the game. Corona was thrown out at home on a fly out to center in the fifth for a double play. Chad Funkhouser was thrown out at the plate trying to score on Brendan Slattery's double down the left-field line.
"We've got to make those guys make plays, and they did," Suns manager Jamie Keefe said. "We're going to stay aggreessive and do what we do and make them make plays. That's how we got that last run."
The final run was textbook Keefe baseball. With one out, Davison walked on a 3-2 pitch by reliever Dakota Irwin. Davison took off on a 1-1 pitch to Rob McLam and stole second easily. After McLam looked at strike three, Funkhouser had a 1-1 count when Davison took off for third. Davison beat the throw and scrambled home when the toss from catcher Dionys Quezada sailed into right.
Adam Krebs tossed a 1-2-3 ninth for his first save. Krebs struck out Greg Wilson looking to end the game.
NOTES: The Suns will be home only three times in the next 10 days. They host Wachusett on Saturday and again on Tuesday, June 19. On June 23, they'll host Torrington.
Keefe said that pitcher Skyluar Neal, who had been pitching in the NJCAA World Series for Western Oklahoma State, is due to arrive in Pittsfield within the next week. The manager expects the left-handed pitcher to slide into the starting rotation.
Infielder Brandon Howard pinch-ran for Slattery in the eighth inning. Howard tore some skin off his catching hand last Saturday against North Shore, and the hand was bandaged. Howard is day-to-day.
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