Written by Jacob Ouellette
The Sanford Mainers had found themselves at a point where tough breaks were the name of the game over the past week. Tonight they hosted the Mystic Schooners for a double header, one in which featured the Schooners as the home team for the first game and the Mainers for the second.
Both game offered solid pitching, but the Mainers capitalized on chances giving them a 1-0 victory in the first game and a 2-0 victory in the second.
Tripp Davis made his fifth start of the season and went the distance. In the first seven inning contest, Davis pitched a one hitter while walking one and striking out five. He improves to 2-3 on the season; both wins coming in games where he lasted a full seven innings.
Bob Cook took the hill in the first game. He went 6.2 innings, allowed eight hits and one run. He didn't walk anyone and struck out four. Cook threw 106 pitches in his time on the mound and came out of the game in the sixth of with what looked to be a troubled calf muscle.
Ino Patro was responsible for the RBI in game one, scoring Paul Kronenfeld. Kronenfeld lead off the inning with a double, but remained there on an infield single by Brett Armour. Both runners advanced on a 1-3 sacrifice hit off the bat of Jose Torralba. With one out, Ino Patron hit a single to left field, allowing Kronenfeld to cross the plate for the game's first and only run.
Tripp Davis got the win in game one, while Bob Cook received the loss.
In game two, Jason Inghram made his fourth start of the season for the Mainers and faced off against Mystic's Eric Stone.
Both pitchers were able to hold their respective opponents scoreless through the first three innings. Ingrham left the game after three innings of work for a reason unknown as in that time he didn't give up a hit, walked only one, and struck out four.
In the bottom of the fourth, Kronenfeld continued his success at the plate drawing a walk to lead things off. He moved up to second on a sacrifice hit back to the pitcher off the bat of Gavin Stark. With one down and a runner in scoring position, Nate LaPointe crushed a double to center field that one-hopped off the wall. Kronenfeld for the second time in two games scored the Mainers first run.
1-0 would be the score and Cam Young went to bat for the second time. With a 3-2 count, Young hit a single up the middle advancing LaPointe to third. Will Cooper now had a runner ninety feet away to work with. After sending a ball to the short stop, a failed double play resulted in a fielder's choice and another run scored for the Mainers.
2-0 was how the rest of the game would stay. Charlie Haslup came on to pitch in the seventh inning and struck out the first two batters he faced and recorded a ground ball out to end the game and chalked up his first save of the season.
The Mainers improve to 7-13 on the season. They will be off for the rest of the weekend, but will face the New Bedford Bay Sox on Monday at Goodall Park in Sanford, Maine. Game time scheduled for 6:30pm. First pitch coming from EJ Ashworth.
Game One Final Box Score
WP: Tripp Davis (2-3) LP: Bob Cook (0-3) SV: None
Game Two Final Box Score
WP: Steven Rice (1-1) LP: Eric Stone (0-2) SV: Charlie Haslup (1)
Notes: Paul Kronenfeld went 3-4 with 2 walks in both games... Anthony Hajjar's five game hitting streak came to an end in the first game... Hagel improves to .455 in 33 at bats for the Mainers... Mainers entered the first game fifth in hitting in the league... Now tied fourth with a .269 team batting average... Entered the game fifth in pitching... Now fourth with a 4.46 earned run average... Started the first game with a team ERA of 4.86... 707 fans were on in attendance for game two...