Titans drop 2-1 decision to Pittsfield.
TORRINGTON: Sometimes it’s the one’s that you don’t get that come back to haunt you.
Such was the case on Saturday night at Fuessenich Park in Torrington as the Titans dropped a 2-1 decision to the Pittsfield Sun in 11 innings.
Pitching ruled the night as both starters gave their teams superb efforts.
Titans starter, Andrew Lozzi, allowed just a leadoff single by Anthony Corona in the top of the third and pitched seven great frames, lowering his ERA to 2.31.
Lozzi left up 1-0 but could have used a few more that were left behind.
The home team got on the board in the bottom of the fourth but failed to set off a potential inning when one had presented itself with one out.
Kyle Decker has singled and moved to third on a Ryan Plourde double of Suns starter Matt Timoney, leaving runners on second and third with one out.
Kyle Murphy was plunked for the seventh time this season to load the bases.
Timoney buckled down though and got Aldo Ferrante to ground into a 5-4 force play as Decker scored and got out of the jam by striking out Kevin Lum to end the threat.
Bad base running cost the Titans in their half of the fifth after getting the leadoff man on.
Jordan Serena singled but was caught leaning towards second and Timoney nailed him for the first out.
A costly error that doesn’t show in the books but was felt when Ryan Zielinksi lined a triple down the right field line.
Still, the Titans had a runner on third with one out.
A sacrifice fly or a grounder to the right side would have worked but Matt Cianci popped to first for the second out and the Sun got a break on a bag off the bat of Decker that was redirected right to the first basemen for the third out.
Both pitchers were now dealing.
Lozzi left after seven and was replaced by Alec Moore who got the side in order in the eighth.
Timoney left after eight and his team rallied in the top of the ninth to force extras.
On Friday night in Wachusett, closer Austin Bailey was hit in the side of the face by a foul ball that found him in the dugout.
The ball shattered part of the Lynn University freshman’s jaw and he will be out at least two weeks.
Michael Joseph took the ball to start the ninth but walked the leadoff hitter, Steve Dill, on four pitches. After a force out and a passed ball put a runner on second, Michael Rueger singled to left but the third base coach held the runner with just one out.
With Rob McLam on third, Ryan Deitrich lifted a long fly ball to left that easily scored McLam with the tying run.
Meanwhile, the Suns pen held the Titans without a hit over the last three innings.
Adam Krebs, who got the win and Michael Meszoros, who got the save, gave their team a chance to go ahead and Pittsfield did just that in the top of the eleventh.
Austin Barnes started the inning and faced two batters who singled and walked.
Both runners moved up to second and third on a wild pitch.Travis Landry relieved Barnes and got a ground out to short for out number one.
The second walk of the inning loaded the bases and brought Deitrich back to the plate with another opportunity.Deitrich did not disappoint this time up either, lifting a drive to left that easily scored Tito Marrero with what turned out to be the winning run.
Meszoros would give up a two-out walk but escaped without any damage as the Sun improved their record to 8-11 while the Titans fall to 9-7.
Alec Palioca will be on the mound on the quick turnaround game starting at 1:05 p.m.It’s Family Fun Day at the stadium with all hotdogs just $1.00.The Relay For Life will be in the park as the beneficiary of the day.