Written by Jacob Ouellette
The Sanford Mainers had the weekend off and walked into Goodall Park with a two game winning streak, one in which was picked up on victories of both games in a double header against the Mystic Schooners on Friday.
The Mainers have failed twice to get past two straight wins, but tonight they won their third straight, defeating the New Bedford Bay Sox for the fifth time this season, 7-5.
New Bedford struck first when Andy Lalli hit a rocket of a home run to left field, putting the Bay Sox up 1-0. In the same inning with only one out, Sean Riley singled to right scoring Carl Anderson who singled to left earlier in the inning.
EJ Ashworth who started the game for the Mainers got out of the second inning jam only allowing two runs by getting Zach Stone to ground into a double play.
In the bottom of the third, the Mainers got two quick outs, but then Mark Weist sent his first home run of the year to opposite field to bring the game within one.
The Mainers struck again in the fourth inning, scoring three times on one play. With a walk issued to Jordan Hagel and a single off the bat of Jordan Betts, Anthony Hajjar stepped into the box and blasted his first home run of the season, good enough for a three-run shot to put the Mainers ahead of the Bay Sox 4-2.
With the score now 5-2 entering into the seventh, the Bay Sox got to the new pitcher John Gorman quickly. Stone walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third on a line drive double to center field. With no outs, Alex Baldock hit a sacrifice fly to Hagel in center allowing Stone to score and Black to advance to third. Zack Graczyk then hit a ground ball to short, but went all the way to third on a throwing error by the short stop Weist.
The tying run was only ninety feet away, but Gorman got Peyton Hart to strike out looking for out number two. Steven Rice came in to relieve Gorman with two outs and forced a ground ball out to Brian Eggleston to end the inning and keep the Mainers ahead 5-4.
In the bottom half of the seventh, the Mainers plated two more. With two outs, Hajjar singled to right allowing Cam Young, who pinch ran for Ino Patron, to score from second. Brian Doran who came into the game for Paul Kronenfeld walked to load the bases, but was soon followed by Jose Torralba for the same event forcing another run home.
The score stayed 7-4 entering into the top of the ninth. Charlie Haslup came into the game looking for his second save of the season in as many attempts. He did so, however, not before the Bay Sox added one more.
He struck out the first two batters he faced but ran into trouble. Hart singled to left and then stole second. Anderson hit a single to center scoring Hart, putting the score at 7-5. Brendan O'Brien had a runner on to work with when he came into the game to pinch hit for Eggleston, and struck out swinging.
The Mainers improve to 8-13 on the season on their third straight win. They will be home once again on Wednesday after having a day off tomorrow, to face the Mystic Schooners. Rohn Pierce is set to take the hill for the Moose. Game time 6:30pm.
Final Box Score
WP: EJ Ashworth (2-0) LP: Donny Murray (1-2) SV: Charlie Haslup (2)