Spirit Sweep Tornadoes
Worcester, MA -- Dominic Ramos tied Can-Am League records with five hits and two triples, but a season-high five errors doomed the Tornadoes, as the North Shore Spirit swept the four-game series, winning the finale 10-8 at Hanover Insurance Park on Thursday night.
The Spirit took an early 2-0 lead in the 1st inning, taking advantage of two Matt Simek errors to crack the scoreboard first. Worcester tied it with two in the 3rd inning on an error and a bases loaded walk to Patrick Perry. But North Shore got the two runs back in the 4th on back-to-back two-out singles by Jerson Perez and B.J. Weed to go ahead, 4-2. Worcester got one back on another bases loaded walk, this one to Patrick Perry in the 4th, but North Shore picked up one more on a Luis Lopez single in the 5th to make it 5-3.
After leaving the bases loaded in the 3rd and 4th innings, the Tornadoes finally broke through in the 5th, plating five runs on a Yohanny Valera solo home run, a Dominic Ramos three-run triple and a Josh Beauregard sacrifice fly to claim their first lead of the series at 8-5. But the Spirit immediately tied it with three in the 6th on another Weed RBI hit and a crucial double error on first baseman Yohanny Valera. The score remained locked at 8-8 until the top of the 7th inning when Carlos Rodriguez took righty P.J. Bevis deep to right-center to put North Shore back on top, 9-8. The Spirit tacked on an unearned insurance run (their fourth unearned run of the night) in the 8th to provide the final margin.
Derek Drage (3-2) pitched four scoreless innings for the win and Bevis (1-1) took the loss. The game featured 18 runs, 7unearned runs, 24 hits, 9 errors, 20 men left on base and two ejections (North Shore Manager Vic Davilla and Pitching Coach Tom Donohue were both ejected by home plate umpire Tony Senia). The Tornadoes left 13 men on base. The Spirit collected 53 hits in the four-game series, including at least 12 hits in every game. The Tornadoes losing streak is now at a season-high five games. The game time of 3:50 was the longest 9-inning game played by the Tornadoes this year.
Before the game, the Tornadoes announced that they acquired Catcher Mike DeCarlo from Pensacola (American Association) as part of a three-team deal that sent First Baseman Chris Colabello to the Nashua Pride. Worcester will try to get back on track on Friday night when they hit the road for the first of three in New Haven against the Cutters. Righty Matt Weagle will try to get things turned around for the Tornadoes. He will be opposed by lefty Brad Whitworth, who is second in the league in ERA (1.40). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05pm.
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