Worcester first lead on game-winning single
in final frame
(Brockton, Mass. – August 19, 2011) – Trailing 3-2 heading into the ninth inning, the Worcester Tornadoes (19-11, 40-37) rallied for four runs on five hits, besting Jimmer Kennedy and the Brockton Rox (20-12, 46-32) 6-3 on the way to a series opening victory at Campanelli Stadium Friday night.
Alex Trezza and Nick Salotti started the rally against Kennedy (2-2) with back-to-back singles to
open the ninth, followed by a Ryan Crespi walk to load the bases. Tony Patane smacked a single to tie
the game, before Cameron Monger gave the Tornadoes their first lead with a two-run single. Alex Nunez
added the final tally, as Worcester pulled even with Brockton in the second half standings and spoiled the potential win for Dustin Birosak.
Birosak tossed seven and 2/3 strong innings in the no decision, allowing two runs on five hits, while striking out five and walking none. The only damage against the southpaw came on three straight hits in the fourth frame, capped off by Trezza’s two-run double that tied the game at two.
Brockton assumed the early lead, scoring a run on three straight singles in the first inning and a Tucker Nathans sacrifice fly in the second, making the score 2-0. Worcester went on to tie the game in the fourth, but Mike Torres connected for an RBI triple as the Rox retook the lead in the fifth.
Torres finished the evening 4-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Dominic Ramos (3-for-4, SB) and
Shawn Williams (2-for-4, RBI) also had multi-hit games for the Rox.
Kevin Cooper took a no decision, giving up three runs on six hits in five innings, but it was Nick
Serino (3-5) who earned the win with two and 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Albert Ayala locked down his second save with a scoreless ninth, striking out two.
The battle for first place in the second half continues with game two Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Zach Zuercher (11-4, 3.95) gets the call for the Tornadoes and will be opposed by Jake Loye (3-4, 4.05) as the Rox look to even the series.
Bill ” Spaceman” Lee (64) will pitch on Saturday night for the Rox when they take on Worcester. The former Red Sox All-Star pitched for the Rox last Labor Day weekend and picked up a win.