The Beverly Giants outdone by Mike Cain and the Manchester/Essex Mariners, 5-2The Manchester/Essex Mariners beat the Beverly Giants 5-2 in seven innings on Sunday at Essex behind Mike Cain, who went 1-1 and hit a home run. He homered in the third inning.
Rory Gentile racked up 10 strikeouts in the the Manchester/Essex Mariners win. Gentile allowed one earned run, five hits and one walk over seven innings. Frankie Messina had two extra-base hits for the Beverly Giants. He doubled in the fifth and seventh innings. Andy Brown was the game's losing pitcher. He lasted just six innings, walked seven, struck out three, and allowed five runs.
The Manchester/Essex Mariners didn't relinquish the lead after scoring one run in the first inning when they scored on. The Manchester/Essex Mariners built upon their lead with two runs in the third. A clutch sacrifice fly scored Gentile to open the scoring in the frame. That was followed up by Mike Cain's solo home run.
The Manchester/Essex Mariners scored one run in the fourth inning, and then followed it up with one more in the sixth. In the fourth, the Manchester/Essex Mariners scored on an RBI double by Caulin Rogers, scoring Bob Whynott.
After pushing across two runs in the top of the fifth, the Beverly Giants faced just a 4-2 deficit. An RBI single by Luke McDonald and an error set off the Beverly Giants rally. But, Gentile got Brown to to end the inning.