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Worcester Completes Weekends Sweep Against Brockton

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.

Rox Continue Winning Ways Against Federals, 7-4

By Brian Willwerth 

BROCKTON, MA – The red-hot Brockton Rox are in the midst of their second-longest home winning streak in team history.

The Rox won their tenth straight game at Campanelli Stadium Tuesday night by defeating the New York State Federals, 7-4. It was a game that saw a plethora of stolen bases and two players, and a manager, get ejected.

The Rox got on the board first in the 2nd. Ryan Royster’s single to right scored Melvin Falu. Shawn Williams slid safely into third, much to the chagrin of Feds’ shortstop Alex Sumner. A few seconds later, Sumner became the first player to hit the showers early. The Rox could’ve added another run but new third baseman Sandy DeLeon made a great diving play to rob Dominic Ramos of a hit.

New York tied in the score in the next inning on Dan Barbero’s RBI single. But Brockton responded with three runs of its own in the bottom of the inning, courtesy of five singles. Mike Torres, Keith Brachold, Trey Hernandez, Falu and Chris Grossman did the honors. It was 4-1 Rox after three.

The Federals cut the deficit to two on an RBI single by DeLeon. Then with Barbero on third, Jacob Fabry struck out, but the ball sailed to the backstop, allowing Barbero to score New York’s third run.

In the 6th, Royster took extra bases away from Tom Maloney with a great leaping grab near the warning track in left. The score remained the same.

The drama picked up in the 7th. Ramos was ejected for arguing a stolen base call at second. Rox manager Bill Buckner came out to argue, but did not get tossed.  At least, not this time. In the bottom of the inning, the Rox put some distance between themselves and the Feds. Chris Valencia’s fielder’s choice brought home a run without the ball leaving the infield. Then Falu hit one that did leave the infield – and then some. He crushed one over the left-field wall to make it 7-3.

In the middle of the 8th, Buckner finally did get the heave-ho. Whatever he said to the home plate umpire between innings did not make the ump too happy. The two got into a heated exchange that ended with Buckner slamming his hat down onto the field. The crowd at Campanelli Stadium loved every minute of it.

Mike Smith got the win for the Rox. He allowed three runs over six innings.  James Kukucka took the loss for New York.

Brockton has won 12 of its last 13 games overall. The Rox can tie their longest home winning streak ever with a win in the series finale Wednesday night. First pitch is at 7:05.

Bill Buckner Wins First Game as Rox Manager

Bill Buckner was very happy to earn his first win as a Minor League manager! (Credit Brian Willwerth)

By Matt Noonan

BROCKTON, MA — No one enjoyed Thursday’s game more than Bill Buckner, who was all smiles after his team’s first win of the season against the Worcester Tornadoes.

“It was fun [tonight]. It keeps your attention going,” Buckner said. “It’s great. It’s always easier when your pitching coach is pitching. It make it a little bit more nicer day in the coaches room.”

Brockton began the game with a Chris Grossman home run in the second inning, which was followed up by two Melvin Falu RBI’s that brought Dominic Ramos to the plate twice. Mike Smith tossed five innings, struck out one batter and allowed five hits and really, that’s all the Rox needed to win their first game of the season.

“Always, the first one is the best one,” Falu said. “[We need to] just need to keep trying to win every game.”

As for the Tornadoes, well, Lady Luck wasn’t exactly on their side, as Worcester finished the game with one run and seven hits, which certainly didn’t please rookie manager Ed Riley.

Although, while all of Brockton is celebrating their first win of the season, let’s call off Friday’s parade or a speech by Mayor Linda M. Balzotti and understand, it’s just one game. This wasn’t the league championship or round one of the playoffs, it was just one game, but hey, it’s a great way to start the season, right?

“[Bill Buckner] is happy now, he’s happy,” Falu said with a big smile.

“It was a good atmosphere at the ballpark and [my] guys are ready to play and have fun. Everybody has their goals set in the same thing, [we want to] win a championship, so we’ll see how that goes,” Buckner said.

The Rox and Tornadoes will play each other 10 more times before the season concludes, but winning their first game was certainly an important step toward winning a league title. Brockton has never won the CanAm League, but after an impressive win against Worcester on Thursday, certainly every member of the Rox organization has one thing on their mind, winning.

“I’m not a player, but it’s nice to see the players succeed. That’s what it’s all about,” Buckner said.

Falu, Smith Lifts Brockton Past Worcester in Home Opener

Melvin Falu drove had Two RBI's in the Rox first win of the season.

By Brian Willwerth 

BROCKTON, MA — Bill Buckner’s managerial career is off to a good start.

Melvin Falu had three hits, and the Brockton Rox got a solid outing from Mike Smith as they won their season opener over the Worcester Tornadoes, 3-1, Thursday night at Campanelli Stadium.

Smith worked the first five innings, allowing just one run on five hits. He worked his way out of a bases-loaded jam in the second.

The Rox scored their first run of the season in the bottom of the second, when catcher Chris Grossman launched a home run over the left field wall off Worcester starting pitcher Zach Zuercher. Brockton doubled its lead in the third when Falu singled home Dominic Ramos.

In the fifth, the Tornadoes broke through when Alex Nunez doubled to right-center, just out of the reach of a diving Chris Valencia. Boomer Blanchard, who was running on the pitch, scored all the way from first to cut the lead to 2-1.

The Rox answered in the bottom of the inning when Falu drove in his second run of the game. His line-drive single to left plated Ramos again with the third Brockton run. There would be no more scoring the rest of the way.

“Like I always say, I like to play [the] best I can,” Falu said. “I [drove him home], so thank you.”

In the eighth, the Tornadoes had the tying runs in scoring position, but Rox reliever Jake Hale got Alex Fernandez to ground out to first to end the threat.

Travis Hughes retired the side in order in the ninth for the save.

For Worcester, Zuercher went 5 1/3 innings, allowing 9 hits and 3 runs, while Nick Salotti led the offense with a pair of hitsAfter spending two decades in the major leagues, Buckner, 61, who experienced great success with 2,700 hits, can now add an additional milestone to his baseball journey, his first career victory as a manger.

The Rox improved to [7-3] on opening day and had lost their last three openers prior to Thursday night.

The Rox and Tornadoes will meet again Friday night at Campanelli Stadium for a 7:05pm start.