Bristol Blues get needed spark with victory over Silver Knights at Muzzy Field

Published on Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:21
Written by DAN ORENCOLE

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BRISTOL - Having dropped three straight games coming into Saturday’s matchup with the Nashua Silver Knights, the Blues were looking for any type of spark.

And the offense provided Bristol with just that in Saturday’s game.

Every batter in the order recorded a hit and the Blues finished with 15 hits in the game, beating the Silver Knights 9-6 and getting back on the win sheet.

“I think the skid was definitely a little bit mental, but it was also getting a couple of bad breaks,” Blues pitcher Emmet Sheehan said. “We did a lot of things that we could have done better. I don’t think it’s one glaring thing I think the entire team just needed to step up a bit and get on a better path.”

Against Nashua Saturday, Teddy Hague, Richard Brereton, Ethan Hunt, Andy Hague and Dylan Reynolds all had multiple hits in the contest.

Michael Genaro started and continued his struggles on the mound of late, lasting 4 1/3 innings with three earned runs and struck out five.

Peyton Stephens, Zach Dionne and Neal McDermott came on in relief of Genaro to shut out the Silver Knights the rest of the way.

Bristol manager Ronnie Palmer was pleased with Saturday’s performance, not just the outcome.

“The guys had the right attitude from the time they arrived to Muzzy throughout the game,” Palmer said.

Hopefully we can show up and compete at this level for remainder of the summer, regardless of what the outcome will be, we give ourselves chances when we have the right mindset.”

The three-game losing streak didn’t provide many positives but Bristol had one on the mound.

Blues pitcher Michael DeLease put together his best performance of the summer on Friday against the Worcester Bravehearts.

“I felt good, all my pitches were working pretty well,” DeLease said. “The curve and changeup were doing good and the fastball I felt like I was throwing pretty hard.”

The appearance was the third of the season for the Central Connecticut State University junior who joined Bristol late. He brings a certain attitude to the mound that Palmer likes.

“We were pleased with him and we’re going to try to use him again this weekend in relief because we have long break,” Palmer said.

“And then Mike will get his next start of the season next Thursday of Friday. He’s got a calm demeanor about him, he goes about his business when he’s here and it showed in his performance [Friday].”



Posted in The Bristol Press, Bristol Blues on Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:21. Updated: Sunday, 8 July 2018 21:24.