By Brian Willwerth
BROCKTON, MA – On a windy, Sunday night at Campanelli Stadium, the Worcester Tornadoes jumped out to an early lead, as well as hung on to win, 6-4, to complete a three-game sweep of the Brockton Rox.
The Tornadoes jumped out early in the first inning off Rox starting pitcher Freddy Flores, courtesy of back-to-back doubles by Abraham Nunez and Chris Colabello. Two batters later, Nick Salotti hit a deep, two-run homer over the left-field wall to make it 3-0.
Worcester played more long ball in the second. This time, it was Tony Patane, who hit one down the left-field line to increase the lead to 4-0. In the third, Colabello hit another blast to left to make it 5-0.
The Rox got on the board in the third, as Dominic Ramos led off the inning with a triple down the right-field line. He scored on a wild pitch by Tornadoes’ starting pitcher Ryan Bicondoa. Later in the inning, Jeremy Hunt scored the second Brockton run on a sacrifice fly to left by Mike Torres.
Worcester loaded the bases in the 5th, and capitalized on an RBI single by Alex Trezza. That hit knocked Flores out of the game.
After the Rox cut the lead to 6-3 on an RBI groundout by Mike Torres, Chris Valencia brought the home team even closer with an RBI double scoring Ramos. The Rox then loaded the bases with two outs, but Melvin Falu struck out to end the threat. Brockton put the tying runs on base again in the 8th, but Chris Valencia struck out to end the inning, and slammed his helmet on the ground in disgust.
The Rox brought the tying run to the plate again in the 9th, but could not cash in. The home team could never get the one, clutch hit that the energetic crowd of 2,320 was hoping for.
The Rox are back in action Tuesday night, when they travel to Rockland. Worcester plays at Pittsfield that day too.