starting lineup for the Rock Cats on Opening Night.
NEW BRITAIN, CT - New Britain's Luke French
turned in an
impressive start and the bullpen held off a late Richmond rally as the
Cats escaped with a 3-2 victory on Opening Night at New Britain
Flying Squirrels were blanked for eight innings until
finally striking in the top of the ninth. Gary Brown and Ehire Adrianza
the inning with consecutive singles off reliever Daniel Turpen -who had
out two in a scoreless eighth. Turpen retired the next two batters
unleashing a wild pitch. Chris Dominguez then drilled a grounder past
baseman James Beresford that scored both runners. The Rock Cats sent in
Oliveros, who struck out the first batter he faced to notch his first
Rock Cats jumped out to an early lead when Darin
Mastroianni led off the bottom of the first with a base hit in his
as a Rock Cat. Evan Bigley delivered a one-out double to the center
that scored Mastroianni from second for the first run of the season.
Rock Cats struck again in the third. Beresford lined a
base hit into center to open the inning and moved to second on a wild
Richmond starter Justin Fitzgerald. Mastroianni then drew a walk on
wild pitch that allowed Beresford to move to third with no outs. Chris
lined a single into right to plate Beresford for another Rock Cats'
Mastroianni scored when Bigley grounded into a double play.
(1-0), who has clocked time in the Major Leagues, impressed
in his Rock Cats debut, hurling five shutout innings. He limited the
Squirrels to two hits while striking out four. Deolis Guerra struck out
in two shutout innings in relief for the Rock Cats.
(0-1) allowed three runs on five hits in four
innings. He struck out five.
PLAYER OF THE GAME: LHP Luke French
hurled five shutout innings with two hits allowed,
two walks and four strikeouts.
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