Tornadoes struggle despite return home.Byline: John McGuirk
WORCESTER - After a dismal 1-6 road trip, the Tornadoes returned to Hanover Insurance Hanover Insurance (formerly NASDAQ: HINS) based in Worcester, Massachusetts is one of the oldest continuous businesses in the United States, still operating within its original industry. Park last night hoping home-field advantage could set them on the right path.
After falling behind by four runs in the fourth inning, Worcester rallied against Rockland starter Gustavo Chacin - who has pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays "Blue Jays" redirects here. For other uses, see Blue Jay (disambiguation)..
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However, the Tornadoes couldn't take advantage of the momentum shift, as the Boulders pushed the go-ahead run across in the eighth and held on for a 5-4 victory.
"We battled hard tonight," Tornadoes manager Chip Plante said. "If anyone thinks because of our record that we've quit they don't know what they're talking about."
Ryan Scoma started Rockland's rally in the eighth with a triple to left off reliever Matt McDonald. One out later, Ryan Mollica lined a single to right to drive in Scoma. Worcester loaded the bases off Boulders' closer Adrian Martin with one out in the bottom of the ninth, but Martin retired the next two batters to earn the save.
The Tornadoes (18-47) mounted their comeback against Chacin with an RBI RBI
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run batted in by Cam Kneeland in the fourth and an RBI by Chris Torres in the fifth to cut the lead to 4-2. Chacin, who had cruised in the first three innings, got into more trouble in the sixth when Mike Samela reached on a bunt single and scored on Tony Patane doubled down the left field line.
Worcester tied it when Jerod Edmondson hit a sky-high popup in front of home plate that dropped in front of Chacin, Scoma and catcher Billy Alvino after no one took charge in attempting to catch it. Patane, who never stopped running from second, scored easily. Chacin had went 5-2/3 innings, allowing four runs on 12 hits with 10 strikeouts.
"These guys come out every day and play their butts off," Plante said. "You can't ask for anymore from them. Especially with a team that has 15 rookies on the roster."
The Boulders (35-29) grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a bases-loaded wild pitch by Worcester starter Dan Sausville (7 innings, 4 runs, 7 hits, 8 strikeouts).
Phillip Cuadrado's two-run homer to left made it 3-0 in the third and Alvino added a two-out RBI single in the fourth to extend the Boulders lead to 4-0.
Tornadoes Director of Player Personnel Brad Michals has resigned, according to according to
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3. Executive Vice President and General Manager Jorg Bassiacos.
Michals, who had been with the Tornadoes since their inaugural season in 2005, left the club earlier in the week.
No reason was given. Bassiacos will now take over player personnel responsibilities.
Michals, along with team owner Todd Breighner, have been criticized over their recent decisions to unload To remove a program from memory or take a tape or disk out of its drive. several of the Tornadoes' more popular players, including Alex Trezza, Nick Salotti, Zach Zuercher, Ryan Bicondoa and Brandon Pinckney. Michals did not return messages for comment.
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CUTLINE: (1) Rockland's Qualon Millender scores on a passed ball as Worcester catcher Chris Torres holds the ball and pitcher Dan Susville covers. (2) Rockland's Phillip Quadrado is safe at first base as Worcester's Alex Nunez stretches in an attempt to record the double play.
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