Five Run Eighth Propels Jackals to Victory
Date: Aug 31, 2018
After finishing 55-45 on the regular season, the New Jersey Jackals opened up the postseason against the Rockland Boulders, who completed the year 64-35.
During the season, the two teams played evenly, with New Jersey and Rockland taking 10 games a piece.
In the top of the second, Daniel Arribas hit an RBI single to score Marucs Nidiffer for the games first run to give the Boulders a 1-0 edge.
Arribas was at it again in the fifth singling in Jared McDonald to make the contest 2-0 Rockland.
The Jackals got through to Richard Salazar in the bottom of the sixth when Joe Dunigan lifted a sacrifice fly to score Art Charles, pushing the game to one run at 2-1.
Salazar went 5.2 innings while allowing one run on six hits, walking three and striking out four.
Fernando Cruz was just as good as Salazar.
Cruz went 6.2 scattering seven hits and surrendering two earned runs; striking out eight and walking one.
The Rockland bullpen went a combined 3.1 while allowing one hit and striking out seven.
Mayckol Guaipe earned a four out save and recorded all four outs on strikeouts.
With Rockland leading 1-0 in the series, game two is Friday night at Yogi Berra Stadium.
First pitch is set for 7:05 P.M.
This game can be seen for free on canamleague.tv and listened to on mixlr.com/jackalsbaseball