Tuesday, July 31, 2007

"Bicondoa sharp, clutch hitting power Spirit to a 7-4 win"

Tonight I was going to listen to the game on the radio but i was sick. So I fell asleep. It was after I finished editing this little game recap of last Friday's game for LynnCAM to play before this Friday's live game. You can watch it by going to's the game recap from the Spirit's official site.
The North Shore Spirit used a four run first inning and excellent starting pitching from Ryan Bicondoa to defeat the New Haven County Cutters 7-4 in game two of their four game series at Yale Field at West Haven, CT.

For the second straight night, New Haven struck first in the ballgame, as Ervin Alcantara doubled and moved up on an Henri Stanley groundout. Jeremy Pickrel then grounded to second, scoring Alcantara and making it a 1-0 lead.

The Spirit got the run back with interest in the top of the second. Alex Trezza doubled to lead the inning, and Josue Lopez then was hit by a pitch. Allen Mottram then singled in the first run of the inning to tie it at 1. John Welch then laid down a bunt in which Cutter starter Brad Whitworth threw high to second base for an error. Gilbert Gil then singled to center for the go-ahead run. BJ Weed delivered the third run with a sac fly, and one out later Mike Torres ripped an RBI single for a 4-1 lead.

The Cutters struck back in the bottom of the second, loading the bases with noone out on a hit batsman and a pair of singles. Matt Mercurio's double play groundout cut the lead back to 4-2. In the third, the red, white and blue made it 5-2. With two outs, Allen Mottram doubled and John Welch singled him in for the 5-2 lead.

Each team scored twice in the eighth . The Spirit made it 7-2 in the top half of the ninth as Cutter reliever Brian Brainer walked the bases full. Adam Piechowski relieved and induced a DP groundout from Allen Mottram to make it 6-2, and then John Welch ripped an RBI double for the 7-2 lead. New Haven rallied for a pair in the bottom half, as Ervin Alcantara and Jeremy Pickrel had RBI doubles to cut the deficit to 7-4.

Derek Drage slammed the door in the bottom of the ninth, striking out Matt Mercurio to end it. Bicondoa ( 6-2) went 7 2/3 innings walking noone and fanning four for the victory. Donny Langdon, Jamie Baker, and Derek Drage finished up.

The Spirit continue the series on Wednesday morning at Yale Field as Joey Siak opposes New Haven's Kevin Culpepper. Game time is at 11:05 AM and can be heard live on 1510 the Zone and as well as right here on

Grays 10.........Brockton 6 (FINAL)
Nashua 7.......Worcester 10 (FINAL/10)
Quebec 13.......Sussex 5 (FINAL)
Atlantic City 4.......New Jersey 2 (FINAL)

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