Hernandez and Rox Slam Colonials, 12-6
(Brockton, Mass. - July 11, 2011) - With the score tied at six heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Brockton Rox (23-19) rallied for five runs on three hits, capped off with a grand slam home run by Trey Hernandez (4), that elevated the Rox to a 12-6 win over the Pittsfield Colonials (23-19).
The Rox bats heated up early in a game that would tilt back and forth until the deciding sixth frame. MacKenzie King (1-2) served up four runs in the bottom of the first inning on four straight hits. Melvin Falu's two-run blast highlighted the rally that also featured RBI doubles from Keith Brachold and Hernandez.
Brockton knocked King around through five and 2/3 innings as the righthander gave up nine runs on nine hits, while walking five in the loss.
Julian Sampson struggled with his command through five innings in a no decision for Brockton. The former Phillies farmhand allowed five runs on five hits, while walking four and striking out two.
Most of the damage against Sampson occurred in the top of the fourth, when the Colonials netted three runs on three doubles from Angel Molina, Peter Fatse and Scott Knazek, a walk by Johnny Welch and a sacrifice fly from Billy Mottram.
Sampson hung on to leave the game with a 6-5 lead, but Pittsfield would plate the tying run in the top of the sixth against the eventual game winner Daniel Schmidt (2-0).
The Rox went on to put the game to rest in the bottom of the inning as Chris Valencia knocked home Ryan Royster, giving Brockton their third and final lead of the night. Back-to-back walks then loaded the bases as Hernandez stepped to the dish to face Pittsfield reliever Mike Zenko, who had entered one batter earlier. The slam by Hernandez busted the game open 11-6, before the Rox tacked on one final run in the seventh.
Hernandez finished the night 2-for-4 with five RBIs and two runs scored. Valencia was a spark for Brockton at the top of the order, going 2-for-5 with three RBIs, a run scored and collecting his league leading 18th stolen base of the season.
Brockton's offense has scored 25 runs on 34 hits in the first two games of the series. The Rox are now a perfect 6-0 for the homestand and will have the opportunity for a sweep Tuesday morning with first pitch called for 11:05 a.m. The sixth straight win continues to add to a season high streak for Brockton, as the Rox have now pulled even with the Colonials in a tie for third place in the Can-Am League.
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