The Adirondack Trail Blazers and Utica Blue Sox pulled double duty Monday night and got off to a late start following a rainy morning in central New York.
In game one, the Blazers showed promising signs all around and were off to a good start, getting four hits early, including an RBI single from Chuck Hooker to score Kenny Collins. Unfortunately for the Blazers, their offense would be halted there as Kyle Cunningham would be the only Trail Blazer to reach base the rest of the game.
A similar situation would occur for the Blazers’ defense. Starting pitch Josh Partridge was off to a solid start, but started showing signs of fatigue and the Blue Sox were able to capitalize. A two-RBI single from Mitchell Calandra gave the Sox a 2-1 lead. Ultimately, those were the only two runs needed by Utica, but they tacked on three more and walked away with the 5-1 victory.
Partridge recorded his fourth loss of the season; Chad Burrows claimed his third win of 2016.
Game two showed similar results and Adirondack took a 5-0 lead after the first inning. Utica struggled against starter Jesse Slinger, but had their fortunes turned around when Michael Ammerman came into relief. Ammerman threw one pitch to each of his first two batters and allowed a two-RBI triple to Taylor Olmstead and an RBI single to Mason Fessler, tying the game at 5-5. Dino Cattai relieved Ammerman after allowing another run in the sixth inning and gave up a run of his own, giving Utica a 7-5 lead. In the top of the seventh, Robbie Young reached base on an error by Mike Manoogian, scoring pinch runner Joe Spitaleri who replaced Mason Fessler.
Adirondack once again showed signs of life and sought revenge. In the home half of the first, the Blazers brought 11 batters to the box and scored five runs on two hits and six walks. They would be silenced, however, seeing only four batters in the second inning, then going 1-2-3 in the next four innings. Trailing 8-5 entering the seventh, the Blazers had their work cut out for them offensively. A leadoff double from Lorenzo Calderon and a walk from Justin Lebeck gave the Blazers a good scoring opportunity and close the gap. Chuck Hooker hit a single to right scoring Calderon, but was thrown out at second base trying to stretch for a double. The Blazers dropped game two 8-6.
Michael Klingensmith received his first win of the season for the Blue Sox and Ryan Green recorded his first save. Ammerman lost his first game this year.
After a day off on Tuesday, the Blazers return home on Wednesday to face the Oneonta Outlaws in a rematch from Sunday’s matinée matchup. The Blue Sox return home Tuesday to take on the visiting Victor RailRiders.