Special To The Press
PITTSFIELD - The Bristol Blues offense backed up a terrific performance by Malachi Edmond, who threw eight innings of one run ball to lead the Blues to a 4-2 victory over the Pittsfield Suns Tuesday night at Wahcohah Park.
Edmond’s final line was eight innings, one run, none earned, two hits, one walk and six strikeouts for the victory.
The Suns got on the board in the bottom of the first. After retiring the first two batters, Edmond surrendered a walk to Andre Marrero, who would reach second on a pass ball and score on a double to put the Blues in a quick 1-0 hole.
The Blues took advantage of an erratic Brian Rodriguez in the third inning, who appeared to not be able find the strike zone. He walked four consecutive Blues batters to bring in the tying run and knot the game at one.
He was relieved by Brandon Shileikis, who gave up an RBI infield single to Max Goione to give the Blues a 2-1 lead.
Logan Greene led off the fourth inning for the Blues with a triple and scored on an error by the shortstop to tack on another run for the Blues to extend the lead 3-1.
The Blues tacked on another run in the fifth on a RBI fielder’s choice from Chris Davis to score Josh Zbierski, giving the Blues a 4-1 lead.
Edmond continued to cruise throughout the outing, allowing only one baserunner after the first inning and retiring the last 14 batters he faced.
Lizandro Cruz came and pitched in the ninth inning, but loaded the bases with two outs, making the Blues bring in Tommy Curtin. The Suns brought in one run, but Curtin closed the door.
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