Bristol Blues score league record 24 runs in victory over Pittsfield Suns

Published on Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:41

Staff writer

PITTSFIELD, Mass. - With a 24-9 victory on Sunday evening on the road over the Pittsfield Suns, the Bristol Blues broke the all-time Futures League record for most runs scored in one game, previously held by the 2012 Torrington Titans.

The Blues jumped out to a 20-2 lead after the top of the fifth inning, scoring four runs in the first inning, one in the second, seven in the third and four each in the fourth and fifth.

Bristol native Mitch Guilmette went 5-for-7 in the game, tying for the FCBL record for hits in one game with Rob McCunney of the 2012 Brockton Rox. Guilmette also scored three runs and had five RBI.

Bristol’s Logan Green (3-for-5, 4 runs, 5 RBI) began the game with a single to left field. Chris Davis (3-for-7, 3 runs, 3 RBI) followed with a base hit that sent Green to third, later taking second himself on a stolen base. Guilmette then opened the record scoring with a two-run single to right field.

Garrett Blaylock (4-for-7, 3 runs) drilled a single to center field, taking second on the play while Guilmette scored on an outfield error. Blaylock then scored as Jake Frasca (4-for-7, 2 runs, 7 RBI) delivered an RBI double to center field for a 4-0 lead.

The Blues went on to load the bases with one out on a walk and a hit batter, but a double play grounder ended the inning.

Bristol took a 5-0 lead in the second inning as Green walked, stole second, took third on a fly out and scored on an RBI single from Guilmette.

Pittsfield got an unearned run in the bottom of the second, but then the Blues blew the game open in the top of the third.

Nick Roy (2-for-5) opened the inning with a single, but was thrown out attempting to take third on an infield ground out for a double play. Yet with two outs and no one on base, Bristol still rallied for seven runs.

Josh Zbierski (4-for-6, 3 runs, 1 RBI) singled to right field, Max Goione (3-for-5, 3 runs, 1 RBI) hit an RBI double for a 6-1 lead, Green walked, Davis delivered a two-run double after a successful double steal, Guilmette hit an RBI single for a 9-1 lead, Blaylock singled and Frasca hit a three-run homer for a 12-1 advantage.

In the fourth inning, Kyle Pileski (1-for-4, 2 runs) walked, Zbierski singled and Goione also singled to load the bases with no outs for Green, who blasted a grand slam for a 16-2 lead. The Blues went on to load the bases again in the inning, but did no further damage.

In the fifth inning, Goione walked with one out, Davis hit a two-out RBI triple, Guilmette had an RBI single for an 18-1 lead, Blaylock singled and Frasca belted a two-run double to center field for the 20-2 advantage.

Alex Parkos hit a grand slam for Pittsfield in the bottom of the fifth, but by then the game had long since been decided.

Pileski hit a leadoff double and Green hit an RBI single for a 21-6 lead in the top of the sixth, before Parkos hit his second homer of the game, a two-run shot in the seventh inning that made it 21-8.

In the top of the ninth, Frasca homered with one out for a 22-9 advantage that tied the all-time league record. Brandon Grover then singled and Zbierski hit a two-run homer with two outs to set the new record.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Bristol Blues, General Sports on Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:41. Updated: Sunday, 23 July 2017 22:44.