ValleyCats dominate Quebec 7-1 and extend their lead in the division
TROY, NY (NEWS10) – The Tri-City ValleyCats (21-22) took the field Friday night in front of two thousand and sixteen wizards for “Wizard Night” at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium. The ‘Cats hosted what appears to be an unknown spectacle this season … sunshine and cloudless skies, as the visiting Team Quebec (20-24) arrived for an important three-game weekend during from which the ‘Cats are trying to hang on to their new-gained a divisional lead over their opponent and the New York Boulders.
The ValleyCats would capitalize on a dominant performance from right-hander Austin Cline (2-1), rebounding at home after a rocky start against the Sussex County Miners last week. Cline pitched six dazzling single-run innings, striking out eight while allowing just one run on three hits. ValleyCats relievers Ryan McKay, AJ Candelario and Jake Dexter would each pitch an inning and keep Equipe Quebec scoreless for the remainder of the contest.
Offensively, the ‘Cats had a three-on-four night, three runs batted in by left fielder Oscar Campos, as well as a one-for-two night, two steps, one RBI and three runs from Denis Phipps. Phipps started scoring early. At the bottom of the first inning, Phipps lined up a ball in space, leading Juan Silverio, stringing a triple and advancing home on an error to give the ‘Cats a two-to-none lead from the start. Tri-City would not lose the lead, securing the win, coming one game closer to under 0.500 and retaining their Atlantic Division half-game lead over the New York Boulders.