Canes fall to the Raiders 5-4
7th Inning rally falls just short
By John Seaver
In the game of baseball there are a lot of old sayings such as "Hit it where they ain't" & "It's a game of inches". Rutland took advantage of the first one and Hartford is lamenting the second one as a 7th inning Hartford rally fell just short losing to the Raiders 5-4 in Rutland Thursday afternoon.
The Hurricanes scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th but left the tying run in scoring position after Kyle Hamilton grounded back to the pitcher for the final out. Just one pitch earlier, Hamilton had laced a liner down the left field line that was just foul. The Hartford rally got started when Nick Cameron was hit by a pitch & Tyler Hamilton reached on a fielders choice when first baseman Luke Vitagliano's throw to second was wide. Reese De Castro was brought in to relieve starting pitcher Ben Simpson but was wild walking Dylan Spencer on 4 pitches and then unleashing a pitch in the dirt to Hunter Perkins. Cody Thayer, running for Cameron, was thrown out at the plate trying to score on the play. Perkins then doubled over the center fielder's head to score 2 and close the deficit to 5-3. After Austin Gaudette singled, Perkins scored on another wild pitch to make it 5-4. De Castro then was able to retire Jordy Allard and Hamilton to end the game.
Hartford scored the games first run on a strange play in the first inning. With Tyler Hamilton at 2nd base after a single to left and a stolen base, Hunter Perkins lofted a high pop up into foul territory behind 3rd base that neither the shortstop nor the 3rd baseman could corral. The umpire did not make a call right away and was looking for the baseball thinking the ball was caught. An alert Hamilton tagged and scored from 2nd base in the confusion as the home plate umpire called Perkins out. After a brief argument from Rutland, the play stood and the Canes had a 1-0 lead.
Rutland took a 3-1 lead in the 2nd inning on 4 hits and added 2 more in the 5th on 3 more hits to take a 5-1 lead. The Raiders hit the ball well and found grass. The Canes hit the ball well but found gloves.
Hartford starting pitcher Dylan Spencer pitched all 6 innings for the Canes and took the loss. Rutland's Ben Simpson went 6+ for the win. The loss snaps a 5 game winning streak and drops the Canes record to 7-2. Rutland improves to 6-3 on the season.
Hartford's next game is home Saturday vs Brattleboro at 10AM.
Category 5 Hurricane Player of the Game: Hunter Perkins who went 2-3 with 3 RBI's and was robbed of another hit by Rutland's right fielder.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
Hartford 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 4 5 2
Rutland 0 3 0 0 2 0 X 5 8 2
WP: Ben Simpson
LP: Dylan Spencer
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