Joe never wrote a game recap fro last night....so,to keep the blog up-to-date, here's the game recap from the Spirit's website:
Jerson Perez belted a game winning ninth inning home run and Ryan Bicondoa pitched a superb complete game as the North Shore Spirit held off a late Sussex rally to defeat the Skyhawks 3-2 at Skylands Park in Augusta, NJ, in game two of their weekend series.
For the second straight night, the fans were treated to an outstanding pitchers duel, this time between Ryan Bicondoa (8-2) and Sussex righthander Matt Hirsh (0-2). The Spirit struck first in the second for a pair of runs. Luis Lopez led with a single to right, and after an Alex Trezza strikeout, Jerson Perez reached on a bunt single. Josue Lopez then singled to right to load up the bases. Allen Mottram then grounded to second to plate Lopez with the first run. BJ Weed then walked to re-load the bases setting the stage for Anton French, who drew another walk to force in a run and make it a 2-0 Spirit lead.
From there, the pitchers took over, with Bicondoa and Hirsh going toe to toe, tossing zeros after zeros. It remained 2-0 until the top of the ninth, when with one out Jerson Perez ripped his fifth homer of the season high over the left field wall to make it a 3-0 game. That insurance run would prove to be a critical one.
Sussex would rally in the bottom of the ninth. Bobby Gandolfo grounded one down to third, and with Luis Lopez in position to field the ball, the ball hit the third base bag and caromed into left field for a base hit. Larry Bethea then smoked a ground ball to third, at which point Luis' Lopez throw to second for the attempted force play sailed into right field for an error, putting runners on second and third with noone out. Larry Bethea then grounded out to second for an RBI, and then Jabe Bergeron did the same, scoring the second run. Scott Grimes then reached on an infield single to put the tying run on. After a conference with manager Vic Davilla, Bicondoa (8-2) convinced the skipper to allow him to stay in to pitch to Matt Ceriani, and the Spirit righthander rewarded his manager's faith, fanning Ceriani swinging to end the contest.
Bicondoa pitched his fourth complete game of the season, allowing two runs and six hits, walking noone and striking out seven.
The series concludes on Sunday, as Joey Siak takes the ball for the Spirit against the Skyhawks' Vince Davis . You can hear the game live right here on www.northshorespirit.com beginning at 2 PM, and the game will be aired on 1510 the Zone immediately following the NASCAR race at approximately 6 PM.
SCORES FROM LAST NIGHT
New Haven County 3, New Jersey 0 (Game 1 – 7 innings)
New Haven County 8, New Jersey 7 (Game 2 – 7 innings)
Brockton 6, Quebec 2
Nashua 7, Atlantic City 2
Grays 13, Worcester 3