Pittsfield Suns drop 8th straight

PITTSFIELD — Just over a week ago, the Pittsfield Suns were 8-0. Pardon the pun, but everything was sunny.

Eight days later, the Suns have dropped eight straight games and are now sitting at an even .500.

Visiting Seacoast erupted midway through the game and held off a late potential Suns rally as the Mavericks beat the Suns 7-4, before 1,224 fans at Wahconah Park.

"We were rolling smoothly, and now we're slowing down," Suns left fielder Andre Marrero said. "We'll get back on track."

Marrero was on track and was one of the bright spots for the Suns on Sunday. The former West Springfield High School standout, who plays at Quinnipiac, went 2 for 4 with a solo home run to lead off the fourth inning. He also had an RBI single in the eighth.

On the home run, the outfielder said he was sitting waiting for a fastball. And on a 1-0 count, he got one. The ball sailed out of Wahconah Park, over the manual scoreboard in left-center field.

"I hit it, and I knew it was gone right off the bat," he said. "It was pretty cool. I got to round the bases and see my dad in the stands on Father's Day. It was pretty cool, a good moment."

Good moments have been few and far between for the Suns lately. Of the eight consecutive losses, four of them were in one-run games.

"It's frustrating for sure," manager Matt Gedman said. "We built ourselves a cushion where you could afford to lose a couple in a row. When you're looking at eight wins and eight losses, it balances in some ways, but it's getting away from us.

"It's not an effort thing, the effort is there. It's just trying to find a way to feel good about yourself, getting a lead and hanging on to a lead."

Pittsfield starter Mitch Holcomb got a no-decision. The right hander from Penn gave up two runs in the first inning on a double by Michael Goodrich. Holcomb gave up seven hits and a walk, striking out five. He pitched out of jams in each of the five innings he pitched in.

While Holcomb was keeping the Mavericks at bay, Pittsfield got a run in the first on consecutive doubles by Kevin Donati and Brandon Janofsky. Three innings later, Marrero's third homer of the season tied the game up.

After Marrero's homer, Seacoast starter Luke Dawson settled in. He retired nine of the next 10 hitters, only giving up a one-out triple to Janofsky in the fifth. Janofsky was left at third. Dawson gave up five hits and struck out nine.

In the top of the sixth, the Mavericks took the lead for keeps. They scored a run on two infield hits, a sacrifice, a stolen base and an RBI ground out by Edison Cabrera.

The Mavericks made it 7-2 by scoring that run in the sixth and two each in the seventh and eighth innings. A.J. DeFilippo hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot into the right field play area, in the Seacoast seventh.

The Suns got two of them back on a Marrero RBI single and a triple by his former West Springfield teammate Conor Moriarty.

Pittsfield got the tying run to the plate in the ninth. Hal Hughes doubled with one out and Janofsky reached on an error with two outs. But Austin Masel grounded out to end the game.

Janofsky went 3 for 5 and was a home run away from hitting for the cycle. Four Pittsfield pitchers gave up 14 hits. Former Taconic hurler Alex Carusotto pitched the ninth, giving up one hit and striking out one.

"We had big innings when we were winning all those games. Right now, we're kind of searching for it," said Gedman. "When you're down early in game, it's tough to get it back with one swing when all you need is to string together a nice inning and kind of chip away at it.

"It'll change for us. We have to stay the course and try to get a win on Tuesday."


Seacoast     200     001     220          7     14     1

Pittsfield     1000     100     020          4     10     4

Luke Dawson (6), Danger Guevara (2), Wes Tobin (1) and Michael Goodrich. Mitch Holcomb (5), Jordan Muchin (2), Brian Rodriguez (1), Alex Carusotto (1) and Kyle Beaulieu. W—Dawson (2-0). L—Muchin (0-1). S—Tobin (1). 2B—S: Julian Bury, Michael Goodrich, Kyle Oren, Chris Kanios. P: Kevin Donati, Brandon Janofsky, Hal Hughes. 3B—P: Janofsky, Conor Moriarty. HR—S: A.J. DeFilippo (1). P: Andre Marrero (3).

Reach sports writer Howard Herman at 413-496-6253 or @howardherman.


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