BORDER LEAGUE: The Valleycats avoid the return of Quebec in ninth and win 4-3 | New
TROY, NY – The Valleycats are in the process of changing their season. With their Friday night victory over Team Quebec, they have now won eight out of ten games and are 2.5 games back in the division.
“Anytime you start the season as badly as we did, you’re under a microscope. People don’t realize how long a 96-game schedule is. That’s a lot of baseball,” he said. said Valleycats manager Pete Incaviglia. “This is the team we’re chasing. We’re going to play well and let them know it’s going to be a long time. We’re going to fight and take out and do what we have to stay in this thing and get to the playoffs.”
After taking the early lead, the ‘Cats held on to defeat Quebec 4-3.
To start the game, Nelson Molina hit a 0-2 single to right field. Juan Silverio then continued his hot strikes, with a two-run homer, giving Tri-City a 2-0 lead. It was Silverio’s sixth long ball of the season and his 15th and 16th RBIs.
Valleycats starting pitcher Parker Kelly appeared in seven innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, striking out four strikes. Throwing just 84 shots Kelly took the win, although she got a little too close for comfort in the ninth inning.
“He pitched 84 pitches, played seven innings, threw some strikes, he was great. He pitched the ball really well,” said Incaviglia. “He could have gone back, but I felt like he pitched really well, he did his job and we had a new paddock and I felt good to have brought Frankie (Jimenez) in and to have Trey (Cochran-Gill) available. “
The Valleycats added a third point in the bottom of the fourth when Chris Kwitzer and Oscar Campos hit back-to-back doubles. Team entered the top fifth table, on a Nathan Etheridge solo homerun.
To start in the bottom of the fifth, Denis Phipps and Brad Zunica each scored a single, placing the runners in first and second without an out. Phipps then advanced to third place on a flyout to the right of Willy Garcia. Carson Maxwell then hit a pop-up at first base, but Quebec ignored Phipps at third and he took advantage, coming home and beating the tag for the all-important fourth run of the game, of the Cats.
“He’s a smart player. He’s a smart baserunner, a smart hitter and he makes a lot of good decisions on the pitch,” said Incaviglia. “He’s one of those guys, where if you don’t watch him he’ll take advantage of everything he can. I’ve seen him do it for the past six years, so that doesn’t surprise me.”
Overall, Brad Zunica went 3 for 3, Nelson Molina 2 for 3 and Phipps and Oscar Campos are each 2 for 4.
Francisco Jimenez would start the eighth inning, relieving Kelly, but after getting two outs and an unearned run crossing the plate – due to a mistake by Keaton Weisz – Incaviglia decided to bring in his closest, Trey Cochran-Gill, who worked out of trouble in the eighth.
On top of the ninth, Cochran-Gill found himself in a traffic jam, but managed to escape with the stop. Gift Ngoepe reached on a single and then advanced to second on the choice of a defensive player. He will score on a two-stroke single from Jonathan Lacroix, making it a one-point, 4-3 game. LP Pelletier would hit another two-stroke single, putting the runners in the corners with two outs.
Cochran-Gill would put David Glaude in second, ending the game.
“I asked him and he wasn’t quite sure. He beat the two guys 0-2, 1-2 and they just passed a few balls and that’s the game of baseball,” Incaviglia told About the ninth round of its closest. “He kept throwing strikes, hammering the zone and that’s what we do. We hammer the zone, shoot at contact and usually good things happen when we do.”
Nelson Molina was knocked out of the game in the fifth inning, due to an ingrown toenail, which should be attended to and Molina ready to play on Saturday.
Brad Zunica had been out of the lineup since June 20 – his first game as a Valleycat – after a thumb injury from a collision at first base. He returned on July 1 against New Jersey and played his second straight game on Friday night, 3 on 3, with a brace and a walk.
The Valleycats and Team Quebec have two more games to play in their weekend series. The first pitch on Saturday is scheduled for 7 p.m. and Tri-City will debut Josh Hiatt. The Sunday July 4 game will start at 6 p.m.
With the win, the Valleycats are now 12-18. Of the three teams in the Atlantic Division, Quebec leads with 16-16 and the New York Boulders second with 14-16. Tri-City are third, 2.5 games behind.
FINAL: TRI-CITY VALLEYCATS 4, TEAM QUÉBEC 3
Joseph L. Bruno Stadium
Troy, New York
QUEBEC 0-0-0-0-1-0-0-1-1 – 3-7-0
TRI-CITY 2-0-0-1-1-0-0-0-x – 4-12-2
PM: Parker Kelly (3-3); LP: Codie Paiva (0-4); SV: Trey Cochran-Gill (7)
STICK OF QUEBEC
2B: R.Castro (7)
HP: J. Parra (2)
HR: N. Etheridge (1)
RBI: N. Etheridge (5), J. Lacroix (4)
SB: R.Castro (2)
Team LOB: 8
2B: B. Zunica (1), C. Kwitzer (3), O. Campos (7)
HR: J. Silverio (6)
RBI: J. Silverio 2 (16), C. Maxwell (15), O. Campos (6)
SF: C. Maxwell (1)
Team LOB: 8