Tyler Dierke pitches Titans to 7-4 win over Suns.
TORRINGTON: It’s been a formula that has worked all season or Torrington Titans manager Misha Dworken.
Start with some incredibly consistent starting pitching, add just enough offense and come away with a quality win against one of the teams close top the Titans in the FCBL standings.
Torrington (8-5) rode a great performance by Tyler Dierke (Kenyon College) who hurled seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out three and just walking one.
The Titans starting pitching has been nothing short of spectacular.
Night after night, one of five arms Dworken has to throw at teams has just taken the ball and done their job.
“This team was built around the pitching.” Dworken said. “Pitching well is contagious and each of them is doing just what they are supposed to do, give us a chance to win. It’s no fun watching your starting pitcher go out and give up six runs in four innings.”
The numbers speak for themselves.
Titans starters have a 7-2 record and have allowed just 16 runs in 82 innings.
That plays out to a 1.95 ERA, the entire staff is under three runs per game at 2.90.
On Wednesday night against the Sun (7-9), Dierke was efficient throughout his seven frames, needing only 84 pitches to leave with a 7-0 lead.
The bottom of the Titans order did most of the damage in front of an announced crowd of 618 with Kevin Lum (3-5, 2 RBI’s) and Rich Graef (3-4 with an RBI) leading the way.
It was a key two-out hit by Lum that put the home team up in their half of the second inning.
Designated Hitter Gabe Craven reached on an error with one out, advancing to second when the throw made the Titans dugout.
Craven moved to third on a long fly out to right by Kyle Murphy, leaving a two-out chance for the Torrington shortstop.
Getting that crucial hit with runners in scoring position with two outs has been a weakness for this team at times this year but Lum lined a hard single to right that plated Craven.
“We must have been 0 for 90 of late with runners in scoring position and two outs. That hit by Lum was huge. He needed that hit and he went with the pitch and got the run in.
”The Titans tacked on two more runs in the fourth on a lined double over the third base line by Graef that plated Murphy and Jordan Serena.
“It was lefty against lefty.” Graef said. “I just tried to go with the pitch and I got it down the line.
Graef has been a sparkplug for a Titans team that at times finds it challenging to make their offense click.The UMASS junior is now batting 3.82 with five RBI’s in seven games and thinks his teams offense shows life at times.
“If we show up ready to hit every night.” Graef said. “We can do what we did tonight and score seven. Our pitchers have just been amazing.”
The Titans and Sun play two more game versus each other over the next three nights with a Thursday game in Pittsfield on tap for tonight and a Fuessenich Park match-up on Saturday night.
Jordan Scheiner takes the hill tonight, looking to build on a stellar seven inning stretch in his last outing, a 6-0 win over the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs.