The Moncton FisherCats got out of a jam in the top of the third, and rebounded in style.
They scored six runs off of a single, a triple and two hit batsmen in the bottom of the third to take a 6-0 lead and cruise to a 6-1 victory over the Chatham Ironmen at Kiwanis Park Sunday afternoon. The win is the first in the new team's history.
With the bases loaded, shortstop Pat Godin and left fielder Serge Vautour were both hit by pitches, giving each RBIs and keeping the bases juiced for designated hitter Mark Deveaux. After Deveaux’s sacrifice fly to score another runner, right fielder Luc Vautour smashed a triple to deep in left, clearing the bases and popping the game wide open. A Steve Thorne single knocked in the younger Vautour and the FisherCats never looked back.
The Ironmen got runners on second and third in the top half of the inning but FisherCats starter Ben Sollows and the defence held Chatham off the scoresheet.
|Sollows got the win in his first FisherCats start. He went four-and-two-thirds innings, giving up a run on five hits, walking three while fanning five. Glenn Marks finished off the fifth, Luc Daigle pitched a spotless sixth with a strikeout, and new import Mike Bisceglia threw an impressive seventh, with a strikeout of his own.
Speaking of Bisceglia, his first game as a FisherCat was a good one. Along with the inning of pitching work, he went one-for-two at the plate with a single to set the table in the big third inning. He also smashed a liner to third base in the first that Kris Keating made a massive leap to catch, and was hit by a pitch twice.
Kevin Bowes took the loss as the Ironmen starter. He also went four-and-two-thirds, giving up six runs on six hits, walking three, striking out one and hitting three batters. Ironmen designated hitter Darren Hardy came in to pitch and finished off the remaining inning and a third, giving up a hit and hitting a batter.
Keating scored the only Ironmen run in the game. He singled, stole second, and came home on a Jeff McCarthy single in the fifth.
The win evened the FisherCats record to 1-1, while the Ironmen suffered their first loss of the season, and dropped to 2-1. Chatham had only surrendered one run in their two games before Sunday’s action.
Since the FisherCats scored six runs in Sunday’s game, online orders are 50% at all greater Moncton Papa John’s Pizza locations on Tuesday. Using the code ‘FisherCats5’ when you order earns you the discount.
FisherCats are back in action Thursday against the Saint John Alpines at Memorial Field in the Port City, and return home Sunday night against the Charlottetown Islanders at Kiwanis Park. First pitch is slated for 7:05.