Suns squander early lead in loss to Nashua
PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Suns had a four-run lead after two innings Thursday night. The Nashua Silver Knights did the rest.
The Futures League-leading Silver Knights outscored the Suns by nine runs the rest of the way and left Wahconah Park with a 11-6 win.
The Suns, who dropped the front end of a home-and-home with Nashua on Wednesday night, cut the Silver Knights' lead to 7-6 when Luke Reynolds launched a two-run home run into the standing room crowd out in the children's play area in right field. It was Reynolds' first homer of the season.
Pittsfield had a golden opportunity to tie the game in the bottom of the eighth inning as Steve Dill led off with a single and took second on a wild pitch. The Suns were retired in order by Nashua reliever John Harper -- Brendan Slattery looked at strike three, Brenden Geary lined to Gabriel Hernandez at second and John Kinne was just out on a grounder to Bryan Toland at third.
If the Suns had any hopes of a ninth-inning comeback to stir the announced crowd of 4,775, Nashua took care of that with four runs on two hits in the top of the ninth inning.
Adam Whitt, the fourth of five Pittsfield pitchers, walked E.J. Martinez to open the ninth. After Toland singled, former Suns player Jimmy Ricoy moved the runners up with a ground out to first.
Lyons worked the count full and then hit the ball through the drawn-in infield, plating two runs. But the Knights weren't done as a tiring Whitt walked Dan Cellucci, Hernandez and Matt Sanchez, with the Sanchez run forcing home Lyons.
Mike Geannelis came on and gave up a sacrifice fly to Johnny Adams before getting Ryan Sullivan on a fly to Reynolds in center to end the inning.
Reynolds led off the ninth with a single, but Nashua closer Dan Kinnon retired the side in order.
The Suns got four runs on three hits in the second inning, and it all started when Kyle Singleton hit a triple that one-hopped the wall at the 403-foot mark in right-center field. Singleton scored on Dill's base hit. Crinella closed out the scoring in the inning with a two-run double to left-center field.
Crinella, who was 1 for 5, twice crushed pitches, but both went to the part of the park in left-center where well-hit balls go to die.
Alex Basso started for the Suns, but only got through 3 1/3 innings because of an 88-pitch count. He gave up five unearned runs in the top of the third inning on three hits and two costly errors.
Singleton had three of Pittsfield's 10 hits.
It was the final game in a Suns uniform for outfielder Ryan Deitrich. Deitrich, who was 0 for 5, leaves today to start graduate classes and prepare for a baseball season at Duke University. Deitrich tipped his cap to the crowd when it gave him a nice ovation.