Corner Brook Barons Michael Tavenor threw a gem over 6 innings only to see the bullpen give up a three-run lead in the 7th in a 6-5 loss to the St. John's Capitals Saturday in Game 4.
By Cory Hurley
Star Staff Writer
CORNER BROOK The Corner Brook Barons were one strike away from sealing an unprobable sweep of the perennial powerhouse St. John's Capitals Saturday afternoon at Jubilee Field.
Instead, it's a break in Senior A Baseball action in Corner Brook, and the Barons will be right back at it again this evening hoping to close out the series still up 3-1.
Michael Tavenor battled through control problems in the first inning, giving up two runs on a wild pitch and a two-out RBI double by Gerald Butt. He gave up singles in the second, third innings and sixth innings in shutting down the potent Capitals lineup, waiting for his team to solve Rob Kent.
The Capitals pitcher blanked the Barons through the first three innings, before they finally broke through with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a Jay Warford RBI single. However, for the second straight innning the homeside stranded the bases loaded.
The Barons bats came to life in the bottom of the 6th when they got to Kent for four runs. It was Warford again leading the way with a one-out single, and he later tied the game on an RBI double by Greg Sharpe. Jeff Gillam then drove in the go ahead run, before Steve Hynes delivered what looked to be the final blow with a two-run double.
However, the bullpen could not hold the lead. The Barons first turned to Andrew Mercer, a Mount Pearl pick-up for the Corner Brook squad, who got one out and allowed one baserunner in his short outing. Hometown pitcher Myles Vincent came in looking for the fairytale ending, but struggled to find the plate. He walked three Capitals, including two with the bases loaded.
After regaining his composure with two outs and two-strikes, and nursing a one-run lead, Vincent gave up a two-run single to Butt.
Lead-off hitter Aaron Flood got on with an infield single in the bottom of the inning. He was bunted to second base, but Warford struck out and Fred Prosper grounded out to reliever Greg Barry — a Pasadena native — to end the game.
Game 5 is at Jubilee Field at 8 p.m. If needed Game 6 will be Sunday at 2 p.m. and Game 7 at 7:30 p.m.
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