Suns lose Futures League game in Maine


OLD ORCHARD BEACH, Maine -- The Pittsfield Suns had their two-game winning streak end Tuesday night. The Suns didn't let it go without a battle.

Trailing by six runs after seven innings, the Suns scored five times in the top of the eighth but couldn't complete the comeback as they fell to Old Orchard Beach 7-6.

The Suns faced two familiar faces to Pittsfield baseball fans. Tide manager Chris Torres and coach Quentin Davis played for the independent professional Pittsfield Colonials in 2010-11.

Tuesday's game was the lone contest played in the Futures league. The other three scheduled games were rained out.

Pittsfield trailed 7-1 after seven innings, but got an RBI single from Rob McLam, a two-run single by Kyle Singleton and a two-run home run by Morgan Phillips to pull to within a run. All five runs were given up by reliever Adam Sargent. Tyler Pogmire came on to get the final out of the eighth, and then set the Suns down 1-2-3 in the ninth.

Old Orchard Beach got to Pittsfield starter Jon Luthe for six earned runs on six hits in four innings. He walked four and struck out three.

Four Pittsfield relievers held the Raging Tide to one run on one hit over the final four innings of work. Thulani Denaro and Chris Carmain each tossed a scoreless frame for the Suns.

McLam and Singleton each had two hits for the Suns. Brian Doran had two hits for Old Orchard Beach.

Pittsfield pitcher, Aaron Plunkett, who tossed seven innings of 0-run, 2-hit baseball in Monday's win at Torrington, was named the Futures League's pitcher of that night. In two starts, Plunkett has yet to give up an earned run.


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