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Jackfish jump over Sox bullpen to escape with victory

Brantford Red SoxJackfish jump over Sox bullpen to escape with victory

Gregor Farquharson pitched eight solid innings, but the Brantford Red Sox bullpen could not hold the lead in the ninth inning as they dropped an 8-7 decision to the Welland Jackfish on Sunday, June 7, 2024.

The Red Sox got off to a good start as they scored first in the second inning, courtesy of a bases-loaded RBI walk by Jaret Lupton.

After a clean first two innings, Red Sox’s Farquharson got into trouble in the third inning as he issued a walk to Greyson Barrett and a double to Ethan Hunt, giving the Jackfish their first scoring opportunity. But Farquharson and the Red Sox escaped with a strikeout and a ground out to end the inning. 

Red Sox SP Gregor Farquharson strikes out Jackfish RF Matteo Porcellato on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

In their half of the inning, the Red Sox extended their lead. With a runner on first base and two outs, Stephen Whalen belted a two-run home run to right field. Whalen’s first home run as a member of the Red Sox gave the home side a 3-0 lead through three innings.

Red Sox 3B Stephen Whalen slams a two-run home run to right-centre field against the Welland Jackfish on Sunday, July 7, 2024. Photo courtesy Bryan Young.

After a scoreless fourth inning, the first-place Jackfish got on the board courtesy of a one-out solo home run from Greyson Barrett. The Red Sox would restore their three-run lead on a sacrifice fly RBI from Nick Burdett.

Brantford padded their lead in the seventh inning. Stephen Whalen delivered his third RBI of the game on a single. Nick Burdett scored on a defensive error from Welland’s Ethan Hunt with two outs and bases loaded. Brantford had a commanding 6-1 lead through seven innings of play.

Red Sox 2B Jaret Lupton turns and fires to first for the out in the top of the fourth inning against the Welland Jackfish on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

Red Sox’s Gregor Farquharson pitched a scoreless eighth inning before being relieved at the start of the ninth inning for Norman Coleman-Goodwin.

Red Sox SP Gregor Farquharson pitched eight innings, striking out nine Jackfish batters, and limited the league’s top-ranked offence to one run on two walks and three hits. 

But the Jackfish showed why they’re the defending Dominico Cup champions as they staged a huge comeback, scored seven unanswered runs before the Red Sox recorded an out, and would head to the bottom of the ninth with an 8-6 lead.

The Red Sox tried to have a late rally of their own. An RBI fielder’s choice by Ethan Paulos cut the deficit to a single run, but former Red Sox pitcher Danny Howat forced back-to-back flyouts from pinch-hitter Lucas Bateman and Graham Tebbit to end the game.

Red Sox DH David Alvarez singles to left field early on against the Welland Jackfish on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

Despite a no-decision, Gregor Farquharson gave the Red Sox a solid performance on the mound. Farquharson pitched eight innings, struck out nine Jackfish batters, and limited the league’s top-ranked offence to one run, two walks and three hits. 

Damian Clarke was handed with the loss for the Red Sox, who dropped their record to 8-15 on the season.

Red Sox 2B Jaret Lupton makes the short throw to first for an out against the Welland Jackfish on Sunday, July 7, 2024.
Red Sox 3B Stephen Whalen crosses home plate and celebrates his two-run home run against the Welland Jackfish on Sunday, July 7, 2024.

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