Jackals Start Slow, Lose Series against Rockland
After Saturday's 7-4 loss to Rockland, which saw Jackals' reliever David Richardson allow six runs over the final three innings of the game, New Jersey had a much better outing from its bullpen in Sunday's rubber game of the series. Reece Karalus entered the game for the Jackals in the sixth inning and completely shut down the Boulders' offense, only allowing one hit and striking out four hitters over three innings. Javier Reynoso came in for the top of the ninth, retiring the only three hitters he faced as well. However, the Jackals were unable to overcome their slow start to the game, ultimately losing 5-4.
Rockland opened the game with two runs in the first inning off Jackals' starter Anthony Fernandez thanks to Matt Obserste's ground-rule double and Adam Ehrlich's RBI single. But the Jackals got one run back in the bottom half of the inning when Jay Gonzalez scored on Conrad Gregor's groundout.
The Boulders and Jackals exchanged solo home runs in the fourth inning. Richie Fecteau's solo shot down the right field line marked his second straight game with a home run for the Boulders, and Alfredo Marte's bomb deep to left-center field, which hit the video board, narrowed the lead to just one run at 3-2.
The difference in this game came in the fifth inning, the final inning Fernandez pitched. After plunking John Brontsema with a pitch (and him stealing second), Fernandez gave up an RBI single to Matt Oberste, his second RBI of the game. The Jackals gave up another run when Blake Grant-Parks singled up the middle, good for his fourth RBI in two days, which gave Rockland a 5-2 lead.
Despite the deficit, the Jackals were resilient. After two singles by Emilio Guerrero and Jason Agresti, Jay Gonzalez hit a single to center field in the seventh inning, cutting down Rockland's lead from three runs to two. In the eighth inning, Alfredo Marte hit his second RBI of the game when he doubled to right field, scoring Conrad Gregor from first base.
Down one run, the Jackals went down relatively quiet in the bottom of the ninth. Jay Gonzalez singled with two outs, representing the tying run. However, Rockland reliever Robbie Gordon retired Santiago Chirino for the final out of the game and winning the series for the Boulders.
With the loss, the Jackals' record now stands at 11-11. After a league-wide off day on Monday, New Jersey will begin a two game series with the Sussex County Miners on Wednesday afternoon with that game scheduled for an 11:05 a.m. start time.
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