Titans/Rox play 17, suspended at 3-3.
TORRINGTON: Some times their just isn’t enough time, or arms to finish the job or in this case, the game.
On Thursday night/Friday morning, the Torrington Titans and Brockton Rox played a baseball game. And played and played and played until finally the umpires threw in the white towel when the clock passed midnight and Thursday passed in Friday.
In an early season marathon that last 17 innings, the game was suspended at 3-3 after concerns for the long term well-being of both pitching staffs was taken into account.
It’s but two games into the 2014 campaign and neither team will be long in the bullpen after this one.
139 batters came to the plate. There were 35 strikeouts (Rox 19, Titans 16). Only 17 total hits but 15 walks.
The scored once in the top of the first on an error and twice more in the top of the third on a booming triple by shortstop Jack Short but then where held scoreless for 14 straight innings by a parade of Titans pitchers.
Torrington would score a run in the third, sixth and seventh and threaten many more times but that elusive RBI remained just that, elusive.
The Titans stole seven bases and got picked off once. Brockton stole five bags but got thrown out twice by Titans catcher Timothy Budd, who has no nailed four in his first two games.
Torrington made four errors, Brockton three.
Jack St Clair continued his hot start at the plate for the home team by reaching base six of eight time. He’s found a bag 10 of 12 times in two games.
Matthew Batten had a four hit night, he scored a run and drove in one as well.
The home team nearly won it in the bottom of the ninth when Michael Odenwaelder grounded to third with St Clair running from first. The throw was wild but hit the brick wall near the Titans dugout and bounced back to the Rox, who made the play at the plate, nailing St Clair and sending this one into the late night.
Torrington made several great defensive plays but none were more important than two they made in the top of the fifth, down 3-1.
With runners on second and third with two outs, a ball hit up the middle seemed destined for a two-run single until Titan second baseman Kyle Decker dove to his left to track it down.
Decker got up, threw to first but his throw was wide but saved by first baseman Anthony Capuano who also extended fully while keeping his foot on the bag.
It saved two runs and allowed the home team a chance to get back in things an inning later.
Torrington manager Dan McNamara felt his team showed him something in their second game.
“I think we showed a lot of character tonight,” McNamara said. “I’ll take more from this game than a regular win. Everybody we threw out there from the third inning on did a great job.”
The game will be continued at a place and time to be determined, one would guess it would be completed at Fuessenich Park.
It’s off to Pittsfield to face the Sun on Friday. Here’s hoping for a long outing by the Titans starter.