Equipe Quebec Rally In Ninth To Take Down Boulders
Jeffry Parra drew a bases loaded walk off New York's Luke Burton to force in Riley Pittman with the winning run as Equipe Quebec rallied with a pair of ninth inning runs to down the Boulders, 6-5, on Thursday at Stade Quillorama in Trois-Rivieres in the Province of Quebec.
Trailing by a run in the ninth, Equipe Quebec's Jonathan Lacroix drew a lead-off walk from Boulders' starter Ryan Munoz. One out later, Munoz hit Pittman with a pitch to put runners on first and second. Raphael Gladu followed with a base hit to right field that scored Lacroix and, when right fielder Max Smith's throw to the plate eluded New York catcher Phil Capra, Pittman and Gladu moved up to second and third.
Munoz walked David Glaude intentionally to load the bases before being relieved by Burton after throwing 139 pitches (89 strikes) over his 8 /3 innings of work. He allowed nine hits and was charged with all six runs. He walked two and struck out three as he fell to 4-5 on the season with the loss.
The game-winning RBI was the fourth of the night for Parra.
The victory gave Equipe Quebec a half-game lead in the Frontier League's Atlantic Division with a split by second-place Tri-City in their doubleheader with Sussex County this evening. Equipe Quebec sits atop the division with a 49-43 mark, with the Tri-City Valley Cats second at 49-44.
New York had taken a 5-4 lead with back-to-back solo home runs by Ray Hernandez and Marcus Mastrobuoni in the eighth inning - the homer was Hernandez' 22 of the year, while it was the ninth of the season for Mastrobuoni.
The Boulders trailed 4-1 after three innings after Equipe Quebec got a run-scoring double from Parra and an RBI groundout from Ruben Castro in the first inning, then a two-run home run by Parra, his 15th of the year, in the third inning.
In the top of the third, New York's Zach Kirtley hit his 16th homer of the year, a solo shot.
The Boulders closed to within 4-3 with two runs in the fifth inning. A Kevonte Mitchell hit-and-run double scored Jack Sundberg, who has singled, from first base; then, later in the frame, Tucker Nathans' single plated Mitchell.
Jared Mortensen started for Equipe Quebec and went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits while walking three and striking out seven. He was followed to the mound by Marshall Shill, Frank Moscatiello and Andrew Case, who pitched an inning each with Moscatiello touched up for the Hernandez and Mastrobuoni home runs.
Case picked up the win with a scoreless ninth inning of work as he improved to 2-0 on the year.
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