The New Jersey Jackals scored four runs in the top of the seventh to go ahead of the New York Boulders, and would hang on to win 7-4, taking three out of four in their weekend series.
Boulders reliever A.J. Candelario walked the leadoff batter Santiago Chirino and allowed a single to Russ Olive, before Alfredo Marte broke the 3-3 tie with a RBI single on a questionably fair ball hit down the third base line. Boulders manager T.J. Stanton was not happy with the call and was ejected for the second straight game shortly after expressing his distaste for the umpire's decision.
Candelario was replaced by James Mulry who gave up three more runs on doubles by Stanley Espinal and T.J. Ward to put the Jackals up 7-3.
The Jackals scored first on a two-out RBI single by Jason Agresti in the top of the second, but the Boulders quickly responded. Ray Hernandez led off the bottom of the inning with a home run to left field to tie the game at 1-1.
New Jersey added more runs in the third on an RBI single by Marte, and a walk by Espinal with the bases loaded, to go ahead 3-1. Again though, the Boulders answered, tying the game at 3-3 on a two-out single by Hernandez.
Both bullpens kept the game scoreless until Marte’s single in the seventh that broke the tie. Jackals reliever Jack Weinberger picked up the win, allowing just one hit and three walks over three shutout innings, and now through 10 1/3 innings has not allowed a run on the year.
The Boulders struggled against the righty Marte, who reached base in all five of his plate appearances, with three singles and two walks.
Herandez homered again in the bottom of the eighth, finishing the day 3-4 with 3 RBIs, but it was ultimately not enough to propel the Boulders who’ve now dropped seven of their last nine.
The Boulders will look to get back on track against the Sussex County Miners on Tuesday as they continue their homestand.
The New York Boulders bounced back from a 12-1 beatdown, with an 8-1 win, to split a doubleheader against the New Jersey Jackals on Friday night at Palisades Credit Union Park.
In the first game, the Jackals jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on an RBI single by Santiago Chirino in the top of the first, and never looked back.
Jared Milch started for the Jackals, allowing just one run over six innings. The lefty had five strikeouts and gave up just four hits, en route to picking up the win, improving to 1-0.
Boulders’ starter Ben Strahm was relieved after allowing six runs, seven hits and three walks after just 2 2/3 innings. The Jackals scored four of those runs in the second inning, the last of which was scored by Chirino, who reached first on an error by Boulders first baseman Ray Hernandez.
New York fell behind 7-0 before finally scoring on a homerun to left field by Zach Penprase in the bottom of the fifth.
The Boulders bullpen could not stop the bleeding, with reliever John Cain allowing a five-run sixth inning, marked by home runs by Alfredo Marte and Jason Agresti.
In the second game, the Jackals again opened the scoring on an RBI single by Marte, but this time the Boulders responded.
Kevonte Mitchell tied the game at 1-1 on an RBI double, and then scored on an error by Jackals third baseman T.J. Ward, who threw it over Dalton Combs’ head on what would’ve been an inning ending out at first. This allowed two more Boulders to score, as they went up 4-1 to finish the first.
Orsen Josephina, who was making his first start of the season, was then able to settle in, allowing no runs over the next three innings. He finished with six hits allowed and just the one earned run over four innings.
Mitchell added on all of the required insurance with a rand Slam in the bottom of the sixth to put the Boulders up 8-1.
Boulders’ reliever Nathan Alexander picked up the win, pitching 1 1/3 scoreless innings, with two strikeouts and just one hit allowed.
The Boulders return tomorrow to host the Jackals again at 6:30 for game three.
Trey Hair’s two-run homer gave the host Sussex County Miners the lead on their way to a seventh straight win as they downed the New York Boulders 4-3 in a Frontier League game at Skylands Stadium in Augusta, NJ, on Sunday.
The victory completed a sweep of the three-game series for the Miners over the Boulders, who had entered weekend riding a three-game winning streak of their own.
Hair’s homer came in the fifth inning and erased a 3-2 Miners’ deficit. It was the second straight game that Hair homered as he upped his season total to five.
New York had raced out to a 3-0 lead after 2½ innings. Austin Dennis hit a one-out solo home run in the first inning; then, in the top of the third, Tucker Nathans and Kevonte Mitchell lined run-scoring singles.
Sussex County got back into the game with a two-run bottom of the third – one run coming on an RBI double by Nilo Rijo, the other on a two-out throwing error by Boulders’ starting pitcher Dan Wirchansky.
New York threatened to tie the game in the top of the eighth when they loaded the bases with no outs. However, Miners’ reliever Michael Mediavilla got out of the jam unscathed as he induced a pop out and force play at the plate before striking out Jack Sundberg to end the inning.
Wirchansky took the loss for New York, going four innings, allowing four runs – three earned – on four hits. He walked eight and struck out six.
Mike Castellani picked up the win for the Miners with 6 2/3 innings of work. He surrendered six hits, three runs, walked three and struck out one.
Jason Miller pitched a scoreless ninth inning to earn the save for Sussex County.
After a day off on Monday, the Boulders had up to Troy, NY, to begin a three-game set with the Tri-City Valley Cats on Tuesday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium – first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. The series will conclude with 6:30 p.m. starts on Wednesday and Thursday.
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