Sussex County Miners Not Fond of International Baseball, Week in Review, June 12-18
Week in Review
It’s the non-United States teams doing in the Sussex County Miners over the last week. The club closed out their series against the Ottawa Champions, splitting the final two games, then came home to lose two of three to the Shikoku Island All-Stars before welcoming Quebec Thursday night, another loss for the club. It was been a tough 2-4 week that is making them a bit xenophobic for sure.
Friday’s game at Ottawa was rained out, forcing a double-header on Saturday. This was a game that Sussex County led or was tied in every inning but the last one. The Miners had leads of 2-0, 5-2. 6-4 and 7-6, but gave up two-runs in the bottom of the eighth, with the last scoring on a wild pitch that cost the club the win.
In the second game, Jamie Walczak tossed the club’s first no-hitter, allowing two walks in the seven inning contest. Walczak threw just 81 pitches, 52 for strikes and struck out five for his second win of the season. Reggie Abercrombie and Kenny Bryant each had a run scored and an RBI in the 4-0 win.
The Miners welcomed the Shikoku Island All-Stars for a three-game series that started this last Tuesday. The Tuesday contest was rained out, moving it to a double-header on Wednesday. In the first game the Miners got six outstanding innings from Matt Sommo, who evened his record at 2-2. The right-hander allowed three hits and a run, and Joe Testa struck out the side in the seventh for his first save of the season. Johnny Bladel scored the winning run when he stole third and came in to score on an error by the catcher on the throw.
In the second game, the Japanese team scored three in the top of the sixth to take a 3-1 lead, but Sussex County scored two in the bottom half of the inning to tie it. In the top of the seventh Daiki Masuda scored the winning run on an error for the 4-3 win.
The final game of the series saw the All-Star team pound out 13-hits in a 9-0 win. Shu Yoshida combined with two relievers in the 10-hit shutout. Yoshida allowed six hits in 5.1 innings pitched, but also struck out six. Every Miners player but one had at least a hit.
Quebec then came to town and took an 8-0 lead before the Miners bats woke up, scoring five in the eighth before falling 8-5. Ryan Pineda had three RBI in the loss.
June 13 – Ottawa 8, Sussex County 7
June 13 – Sussex County 4, Ottawa 0
June 16 – Sussex County 2, Shikoku Island 1
June 16 – Shikoku Island 4, Sussex County 3
June 17 – Shikoku Island 9, Sussex County 0
June 18 – Quebec 8, Sussex County 5
Record: 7-15, 7.5 games out of first (Last place).
Although Jamie Walczak struggled in his last start against Quebec, you can’t argue with a guy who throws his franchise’s first no-hitter. He was 1-1 for the week.
Johnny Bladel was 5-19 during the week, with 5 runs and 2 RBI. He also walked five times.
On June 16, the Sussex County Miners activated Matt Branham from the disabled list and released RHP Andrew Aizenstadt. Branham is winless in his two starts.
By Robert Pannier