Vinisko spins a gem, Raiders get by Wolcott 2-0.
TORRINGTON: Sometimes just what the doctor ordered means getting back to the basics and doing what it takes to win a good old fashioned pitcher’s duel.
On Wednesday afternoon at a sunny Fuessenich Park, the Torrington Raiders got a stellar effort on the mound from Jason Vinisko and timely hitting from an unexpected source in getting past Wolcott, 2-0.
Vinisko threw a complete game 6-hitter and was at his best if and when he got in trouble and got stronger as the game went on, finishing with 10 strikeouts, including the side in the seventh with a runner on.
Was this his best game this year?
“Yes,” head coach Pat Richardson said. “Although it’s been coming. I told him two games ago against Ansonia (a 12-5 Raiders win) that his outing was much better than the box score. He came in against Watertown (a 9-6 loss) and threw three great innings and he just carried that over into today. He had both pitches working (fastball and change-up) and showed his composure. He just had a great outing and I’m really proud of him.”
Wolcott opened the game with a single and a double to put immediate pressure on the Raiders junior but in a sign of things to come, Vinisko struck out the next two batters and got an easy grounder to second for the third out.
The Eagles would put a runner on leading off an inning in five of the seven frames but the hard throwing Torrington right hander was up to the task each and every time.
Wolcott starter Isaiah Negretti was dominant the time through the Raiders lineup, allowing just a double to Can Cerruto in the first and another by Dom Sabia in the fourth but escaped trouble until the fifth when Torrington got a boost from an unlikely source.
A leadoff single by Marcus Bloom was erased as Delvin Alvarez looked to sacrifice him over but Bloom was caught off first trying to get a good jump on the play.
Instead, Alvarez did the next best thing. He launched a long home run into the Naugatuck River in left center for a 1-0 lead. It was particularly impressive that the Raiders first basemen came through, considering the recent past.
“Here’s a kid who has been replaced by a designated hitter for several games,” Richardson said. “But he stays sharp, does what he is supposed to do off the field and gets his chance and puts one in the river.”
Torrington would add an insurance run in the sixth when Cerruto blasted his second double of the afternoon and came around on a massive double by Sabia that hit midway up the left centerfield fence at about the 390 foot mark for an RBI double.
The ball was hit so hard, it was barely on a downward flight when it slammed off the wall.
Vinsiko, now with a two-run cushion, allowed a leadoff single in the top of the seventh but came back to strike out the side to nail down the win.
Getting back on the winning side of the ledger was big for the Raiders (7-4) who had lost two in a row coming in and had not played their best.
“The big difference today was we had five errors last game,” Richardson said. “The big thing was we erased that today. This is what we are capable of.”