JACKALS RALLY PAST CAPITALES FOR SECOND STRAIGHT WALK-OFF WIN
A bases-loaded walk by Abraham Nunez in the bottom of the 11th inning carried the New Jersey Jackals to their second straight walk-off win over the Quebec Capitales, 4-3, on Friday night at Yogi Berra Stadium.
Trailing 3-1 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the Jackals plated on a pair of runs against Quebec closer Andrew Albers, who returned to the mound to try to complete a two-inning save. After back-to-back singles by Carlos Sosa and Jacob Butler began the frame, Travis Jones laced an RBI base hit to pull New Jersey within one. An Angel Flores sacrifice bunt placed runners at second and third with one out, and Kevin Clark legged out a bunt single which allowed pinch runner Jeff Grose to score the tying run to force extra innings.
In the bottom of the 11th, the Jackals loaded the bases with one out against Capitales reliever Brendon Malkowski thanks to a Flores walk, a Clark single, and Adam Godwin’s second intentional walk of the contest. Jeremy Hunt took over on the mound and retired Mike DeJesus on a fielders’ choice for the second out before walking Nunez to force in the winning run.
Both starters pitched well, but neither factored in the decision. New Jersey’s Chris Vasami yielded two runs on seven hits with five strikeouts in 6.1 innings while Quebec’s Troy Cate surrendered just one run on six hits over seven frames. Jackals reliever Edward Rodriguez (7-3) allowed just one hit over three scoreless innings to earn the win while Malkowski (3-1) took the loss.
After a third-inning RBI single by Mike DeJesus gave New Jersey a 1-0 lead, Quebec countered in the top of the fourth when Pete LaForest lined his seventh home run of the season to begin the frame before an RBI groundout off the bat of Marc Mimeault gave the Capitales a 2-1 advantage. That score held until the top of the ninth, when Quebec tacked on an insurance run on a Rene Leveret base hit to make it 3-1.
The Jackals (18-19 second half, 37-46 overall) and Capitales (24-14 second half, 54-31 overall) play the third of their four-game series on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. at Yogi Berra Stadium when New Jersey southpaw A.J. Wideman (3-5, 4.38) returns from the inactive list to make his first start since July 15 against Quebec right-hander Matthew Rusch (11-2, 3.14). Cody Chrusciel has the live call on the Jackals webcast beginning 10 minutes prior to first pitch at www.jackals.com.
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Game Notes: Seven of the Jackals 21 wins at home this season have come in their final at-bat… New Jersey is now 5-6 against Quebec in 2010… Abraham Nunez’s game-winning walk was his league-leading 60th free pass of the season… Edward Rodriguez is now tied with Isaac Pavlik for the Jackals’ team lead with seven wins. Rodriguez has allowed just two earned runs and 11 hits in 16.2 innings over 11 outings in August… The blown save raises Andrew Albers’ ERA from 0.70 to 1.01.