Fernandez’s HR lifts Miners to 6th straight win
Posted: Jun. 1, 2017 12:01 am
LITTLE FALLS — During the Sussex County Miners’ win streak, the team has often relied on its explosive offense to get the job done.
In four of their five wins leading up to Wednesday’s game, the Miners had scored six runs or more.
But on Wednesday afternoon, the Miners used steady pitching and a couple of timely hits to give them a boost.
Sussex County edged the New Jersey Jackals, 3-2, in a pitchers’ duel at Yogi Berra Stadium behind Kris Regas’ solid start and a clutch home run from J.J. Fernandez.
The win stretched the Miners’ winning streak to six games, which ties a franchise record for longest winning streak in club history. After an 0-7 start to the season, the recent run of success has pushed Sussex County’s record to 6-7.
Regas (2-1) threw six innings with four strikeouts and two runs on four hits. On the other side, Jackals starter David Richardson struck out six and allowed one run on three hits for the Jackals, who dropped back to 7-5 with their third straight loss.
New Jersey got on the board first in the opening frame on a sacrifice fly by Conrad Gregor, but the Miners punched back in the next half frame on an RBI single by Steve Nyisztor.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Nyisztor drew a walk, which set up Fernandez to punch across the go-ahead runs. Fernandez hit a two-run shot off the scoreboard in left field off New Jersey reliever Evan Deluca to give the Miners a 3-1 lead.
D’Vontrey Richardson chased Regas in the bottom of the seventh with a solo home run to make the score 3-2, but the Miners bullpen went to work to close the game out.
The Miners needed only four hits to push across three runs in the victory and their pitching did the rest.
Gianni Zayas allowed one hit in two innings of relief and Andrew Brockett notched his third save in as many games with a 1-2-3 ninth inning to give Sussex County its fourth win at Yogi Berra Stadium in its three-year history.