Nashua, NH — For the second game in a row, the Bravehearts offense did not show up as they fell 6 to 1 to the Nashua Silver Knights. The pitching and defense were there for much of the ball game, but the bats were not. Only two Worcester players made it past second base, one of them being John Thrasher, the leadoff man, in the first inning.
Sebastian Gruszecki got the ball to start for Worcester. Gruszecki kept the game close, going five innings, allowing five hits, two runs, and recording 4 strike outs. The right-handers only earned run came in the bottom of the first inning after back to back to back singles. Silver Knight, Jeff Costello singled up the middle and Luke Tyree scored from second.
The second run came in the bottom of the fifth. After a double play to get two quick outs, Gruszecki then walked back to back batters, and then an error by Alex Gionis on the Tyree ground ball allowed for the second run to come home.
In the bottom of the seventh, Tom Blandini walked, then was moved over on the sacrifice bunt from Cody Morissette. Bryce Regan then reached on a pinch-hit single. With runners at the corners, Dylan Jones dropped in a single into shallow right field which brought home the third run. Leadoff man Luke Tyree then stepped in with runners at second and third, and roped a two RBI single to bring the lead to 5. The big inning continued when Jeff Costello singled and brought home Tyree to make the lead six runs. All four of these runs came off Worcester pitcher Matt Stansky, who pitched one and a third, allowing five hits and four earned runs. Edward Lehr, then came in for the rest of the game, allowing no hits and recording five strike outs.
The Bravehearts got on the board in the top of the eighth when Mack Cheli, who went two for four, led off the inning with a triple and then was brought home on the RBI single from first basemen, Dustin Harris.
Sebastian Gruszecki had nothing but positive things to say after the tough road loss. “Some of the walks cost me today. That’s how baseball is, sometimes you aren’t going to get that many runs, but those guys came out swinging and that’s how it went today.” said the starting pitcher. “When we get back home we can feed off the energy from the crowd, hopefully we figure it out as a group and we should be alright.” Gruszecki said when asked about coming home after the two road losses.
Worcester is back home tomorrow June 14, 2018 to take on the Bristol Blues at 6:30 pm and on Friday June 15th, 2018 to play the Pittsfield Suns at 7:00 pm.