Despite pounding out 18 hits, the Suns could not capitalize on Wednesday night. Pittsfield fell to the visiting Torrington Titans 10-9 in an intense 12-inning ball game that saw various lead changes and scoring opportunities.
After rallying from a 5-3 hole to tie the game, the Suns took a 7-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh frame on a Tyler Brosius RBI triple and Kevin Donati RBI single.
The Titans knotted the score in the following inning. Griffin Garabedian hit a sacrifice groundout to score Mike DeMartino, and Hunter Tralli skied a sac fly to plate another run and make it a 7-7 game.
Both clubs didn’t make much noise in the ninth inning, and played on into extras. Garabedian lined an RBI single to centerfield to put the Titans ahead, 8-7. The Suns were quick respond, as Thomas Hughes singled home the speedy Donati and extended the game.
Torrington scored the go-ahead runs in the top of the 12th inning. Tralli drew a bases loaded walk, scoring Mike Kochiss and breaking the 8-8 draw. The following at-bat, Nick Lamberti hit a high fly ball to deep right field. Suns’ rightfielder Tyler Brosius made a terrific play, sprinting towards the ball and stretching out his glove for the out. His throw home was late, however, and a run scored easily.
Kevin Donati led off the bottom of the inning for the Suns. Donati tried to beat a ground ball by diving into first base, but was called out by the umpire. Despite the out, the dive rallied the loyal Suns fans, and was a testament to Donati's extraordinary effort throughout the night; the Pittsfield-native played an excellent game, going 4-for-7 with a RBI and three stolen bases. Donati scored three times as well.
Four batters later, Colin Gimblet hit an RBI single to left field, cutting the Suns’ deficit down to just a run. But, reliever Lizandro Cruz silenced any further damage, striking out Colin Ridley and sending the Titans back to Torrington with a 10-9 victory.
Cruz earned his second win of the season. He pitched well over four innings, allowing only one run on five hits and one walk. The right-hander from the Bronx retired nine batters by way of the K.
After allowing the game-winning runs in the 12th inning, Pittsfield’s Kevin Hassett was pegged with the loss. Over two innings of work Hassett walked two batters and allowed two runs on two hits.
There certainly is no rest for the weary. The Suns (12-17) are back at Wahconah Park tomorrow night to face the Nashua Silver Knights at 7:00 P.M. in the second contest of a three-day home stand.