By MICHAEL LETENDRE
BRISTOL – The Bristol Blues of the FCBL remained in first-place at the end of last week, even as rain knocked out the squad’s game against the Pittsfield Suns on Father’s Day.
The Blues played five games from Tuesday, June 16 through Saturday, June 20 and went 3-2 over that stretch.
It all started on Tuesday when the Blues defeated Brockton 3-1 in front of nearly 500 fans from Muzzy Field.
Bristol notched three runs in the bottom of the second inning and the Rox never recovered.
Ryan Rinsky singled in the first run while, with the bases loaded, Gritffin Garabedian was hit by a pitch – scoring a run – as the Blues went in front 2-0.
Finally, a groundout from Tyler Packanik notched one final tally and ahead by a 3-0 score, the Blues were never challenged the rest of the way.
The Blues only generated four hits as Rinsky led the way with a 2-for-4 showing.
Dom LoBrutto (2-0) earned the victory for Bristol as he went six innings, giving up three hits and one unearned run in the winning effort.
And then the following day in a contest played in New Hampshire, Southington’s Kyle Dube picked up his first win in a Blues‘ uniform.
Dube went six strong innings, giving up just five hits and one earned run as Bristol defeated the Seacoast Mavericks by a 3-1 final on Wednesday, June 17.
The former St. Paul standout struck out three, walked one and lowered his ERA to 3.50 on the season in the winning effort.
He left the game with a 2-1 edge in hand while Rob Paccione later pitched the final frame of the game to earn the save for the Blues, his second of the campaign.
Bristol generated eight hits in the game while Jamie Timothy led the way with a 2-for-4 performance.
And then against Worcester on Thursday, June 18, the Blues fell at home by a 4-0 final from Muzzy Field.
The Blues were limited to just three hits while Packanik had two of those for the home squad.
Steve Wallace (0-2) absorbed the tough loss while Bristol’s Mike Nocera pitched 2.1 innings, giving up three hits, walking four while striking out five over his relief effort.
Continuing from home on Friday, June 19, Bristol dropped a 3-1 decision to the Silver Knights.
The Blues fell behind by a 3-0 push after 4 1/2 innings of work and simply never recovered.
Troy Terzi picked up the defeat over his 6.2 innings of work, giving up seven hits, three earned runs and five strikeouts in the losing effort.
Davis Strong led the charge with two hits in three at-bats while teammate Zach Scott went 1-for-4 with an RBI for Bristol.
To end the week, the Blues went on a hit parade as the team dropped in 13 hits and notched three runs over the second stanza – leading Bristol to an eventual 7-5 win from Doyle Field on Saturday, June 20.
Once again, Tim Cate picked up the win – leaving the contest with a 5-1 lead in hand.
Cate went five strong innings, giving up three hits, walking one, striking out five while allowing just one run over the winning effort.
Rayne Supple threw 1.2 innings before making way for Ty Robinson who earned the save for the Blues.
Robinson went 2.1 innings, striking out four and yielding two earned runs to post Bristol to a division leading eighth victory.
Bristol led 5-0 at one point but was outscored 5-2 the rest of the way, having to hold on late to pick up the win.
Steve Octave had a pretty action-filled night for the Blues as his evening included a 3-for-4 performance at the plate to go along with two runs and two RBI.
Strong added two hits and a run while Gerrad Rohan went 2-of-5 with a run scored.
Again, it was a three run, second inning that made all the difference in the showdown.
In the second, Octave nailed a two RBI single while later scoring off an error to make it a 3-0 game.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE