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Titans hurlers doing their part, offensive struggling.

POSTED July 05, 2015
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: While it has been an up and down and sometimes tumultuous campaign for the Torrington Titans so far in the summer of 2015, one thing that has remained steady is the effort from the guys who toe the rubber at the beginning of each game.

The Titans starting four (those with four starts to date), Robbie Hitt (1-0, 1.12 ERA), Brett Susi (0-1, 3.04), David Gerics (1-2, 3.09) and Frank Valentino (2-2, 3.28) have done their part at keeping the Titans in games and would fare better if their offense could give them a little more support.

Torrington snapped a six-game losing streak with a 7-2 win over the Worcester Bravehearts on Saturday night at Fuessenich Park behind six strong innings from Valentino who allowed just two runs on seven hits while striking out six.

Cody Doyle drove in three runs in the win, a game that saw the Titans score the most runs since they lost to Brockton by an 8-7 score a week ago in Brockton.

During the losing streak, take out the Brockton game, the Titans averaged less than a run a game and went a stretch of 33 consecutive innings without scoring a run before they plated two in the sixth inning of a 3-2 loss to Seacoast.

Hitt pitched a terrific game against the Bravehearts in a 1-0 loss on July 1, throwing seven innings of four hit ball in a game that was decided in the bottom of the ninth.

The Quinnipiac sophomore from Suffield has given up just three earned runs in 24 innings this year and could easily be 4-0 at this point.

None of the big four have had an outing that you would call terrible, each has given their team a chance to win which is all you can ask of your starters.

Gerics last two starts saw him allow just one earned run in a 1-0 loss to Pittsfield and two earned in a 3-2 loss to Seacoast while Susi deserves a better fate than only one decision after allowing just three earned runs in his last three starts.

Valentino has pitched at least six innings in each of his starts and has the best run support in his last two decisions, both wins.

He beat Pittsfield 5-3, allowing just one earned run before Saturday night’s break out offensive effort by his team in the win over the Bravehearts.

The Titans are at Seacoast on Sunday with Nick Johnson (0-1, 4.40 ERA) scheduled to throw against the Mavericks.

On the offensive side, Torrington has just three regulars hitting over .250 and as a team sports a .211 mark, third worse in the Futures Collegiate Baseball League.

Two teams are under the Mendoza line so far this summer with Worcester (.196) and the Mavericks (.195) in places they don’t want to be if they want to contend the remainder of the summer.

Seacoast sports a 9-14 mark while the Bravehearts are struggling at 9-16.

In 11 games, Doyle is batting .351 for the Titans while Nick Lamberti is batting .288 in 20 games with 11 runs scored.

Dean Lockery is batting .277 with 15 runs scored and seven driven in.

Joe Paparelli leads the team with 12 runs batted in.

NOTES: The Titans have struck out 187 times this season, more than eight per game.

Newly named manager Kyle Decker got his first career win on Saturday night.

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