Silver Knights rally falls short vs. Rox

Staff photo by TOM KING Nashua's Tom Blandini lunges fouling a ball off his foot during Monday night's FCBL game at Holman Stadium vs. Brockton.

NASHUA – One of the biggest issues for the Nashua Silver Knights this season has been falling short in one-run games, with a 3-10 record.

Monday night, they rallied their way into a two-run loss as the Brockton Rox spoiled the team’s holiday week party for an announced Holman Stadium fireworks crowd of 2,203. They scored six in the the sixth to snap a 2-2 tie, held off a four-run Knights rally in the ninth to prevail 8-6.

Nashua pounded out 16 hits, but the speedy Austin White hit into a 4-3 double play with the tying runs on base to end things and drop the Knights to 10-16.

“We had 16 hits but it’s when you get them,” Silver Knights manager B.J. Neverett said, lamenting Nashua leaving the bases loaded in the first and leaving two on in at least two other frames. “That’s a perfect example right there.”

Brockton’s go-ahead run scored in the sixth when center fielder Luke Tyree took a tumble on a ball hit by Jared Sharkey with a man on. With the bases later loaded, Neverett brought in newly signed lefty Justin Snyder – a member of last year’s title team – and he was touched up for five more, including two-run hits by Matt Johnston and Jack Kelly. Ouch. Snyder hasn’t faced live hitting in weeks.

“We lost it before then,” Neverett said.

Nashua starter Geoff Mosseau battled his way through five innings of one-run pitching, and his team gave him a lead with two in the fourth on Ryan Berardino’s RBI triple and a Tyree groundout.

Down 8-2 in the ninth, Nashua started with four straight hits (Cody Morissette and Jake Lebel RBI hits) to make it 8-4 off Rox reliever Jack Mahala. And with one out, Berardino and Andrew Gorham had RBI hits. But the rally fell short.

“We didn’t play bad tonight,” Neverett said. “We shoot ourselves in the foot and you just don’t know.”

Notes

Pitcher Pat Maybach (elbow), who hasn’t been seen since the second week of the season, finally had an MRI on Monday and the team is awaiting the results…

There was some concern on Sunday night when Knights starter Spencer Bergeron was pulled after one inning, complaining of tightness in his elbow. Bergeron, the Nashua native who is 17 months removed from Tommy John surgery, is OK according to Neverett.

“He usually gets stretched out by the trainer before the game, and down there isn’t the greatest,” Neverett said. “He said he feels fine. We probably won’t have him pitch (at the Vineyard) again.”

Neverett wouldn’t mind if he never sees another home run derby to decide a game again either as Nashua lost it’s third on Sunday night, second on the Vineyard. In fact, Neverett filed a complaint with the league over the bench-jockeying done by the Vineyard players during the derby. “They had no control of the kids,” Neverett said…

Nashua is off today, and the pitching for Wednesday through Friday is Brandon Dufault (2-0, 0.48) at Worcester Wednesday, Mason Pelio (0-1, 22.50) at Martha’s Vineyard, and Luke Dawson (2-0, 2.67) at Holman Friday vs. Pittsfield.