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Rox shut down Silver Knights’ win streak

By NICK CANELAS

NASHUA – With the magic that’s been permeating through Holman Stadium this week, it was hard not to expect a clutch hit from at least one of the Silver Knights’ top hitters in the seventh inning.

Matt Mottola had just cut Nashua’s deficit to 3-2 with a pinch-hit single to score Brandon Walsh and up came team batting-leader Matt Sanchez with two on and one out. The left fielder already had two hits to that point, including an RBI double in the fifth, to extend his hitting streak to six games and drove in the go-ahead run to cap a thrilling comeback win in Game 1 of the Silver Knights’ doubleheader against Pittsfield the night before. ...

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NASHUA – With the magic that’s been permeating through Holman Stadium this week, it was hard not to expect a clutch hit from at least one of the Silver Knights’ top hitters in the seventh inning.

Matt Mottola had just cut Nashua’s deficit to 3-2 with a pinch-hit single to score Brandon Walsh and up came team batting-leader Matt Sanchez with two on and one out. The left fielder already had two hits to that point, including an RBI double in the fifth, to extend his hitting streak to six games and drove in the go-ahead run to cap a thrilling comeback win in Game 1 of the Silver Knights’ doubleheader against Pittsfield the night before.

The game-tying hit seemed inevitable. But even the best hitters fail more than they succeed, as Rox reliever Jake Fishman proved when he struck out Sanchez swinging for the second out of the inning.

The Silver Knights still had a chance when Michael Pierson, who has hit safely in six of his last seven games, came to the plate. But Fishman got him to ground out to first to end the threat.

It was Nashua’s last big chance of the game and Brockton held on for the 3-2 win Wednesday night. The loss snaps the Silver Knights’ four-game winning streak.

The Silver Knights outhit the Rox 11-5 for the game, but left eight runners on base as they failed to get the necessary timely hitting.

“We got one run there, could’ve had more,” Sanchez said of the seventh inning. “But I can’t be upset with 11 hits. We needed one hit there. Just couldn’t get it done.”

Nashua played from behind Wednesday for the third straight game after left-hander Tim Viehoff (2-2) gave up three runs (two earned) over five innings in his first start since June 22.

Viehoff was effective for most of the game, but was hurt by four walks, a balk and a fielding error by Guy Davidson that started a two-run Brockton third. Viehoff’s biggest mistake came with two outs in the fifth when he hung a breaking ball that Tom Marcinczyk crushed over the right field wall to make it 3-0 Rox.

The Silver Knights hitters couldn’t respond against Bockton starter Andrew David. Nashua got six hits off the righty, but pushed across just one run in David’s six innings of work.

“It was definitely one of those games,” Sanchez said. “On the defensive side of the ball we could’ve tightened up. It may have been a closer game. Other than that we can’t be upset. It was one of those days.”

Sanchez drove in Nashua’s first run with an RBI double in the fifth to score Scott Braren from first. The UMass Lowell product has reached base safely in 13 of his last 14 games.

Davidson left the game in the third inning after he collided with Braren on a fly ball in right field by Christian Campbell.

Davidson was running to right from second while Braren was also charging in to play the ball.

Neither player made the catch and instead made contact with one another as the ball landed between them.

Davidson stayed down on the grass for a few minutes before being looked at by the training staff and manager Ted Currie. He was holding his chin as he walked off the field.

Braren was unharmed and stayed in the game.

The collision not only costed Nashua one of its starters for the game, but also gave the Rox runners at second and third with no outs.

Brockton turned that into a pair of runs after sacrifices by Marcinczyk and Apolinar De La Cruz made it 2-0.