07/20/2012 8:13 PM
(Ramapo, NY, July 20) - Jon Velasquez pitched six innings, giving up one run on five hits as the Rockland Boulders won their fifth straight game, 12-3 over the Worcester Tornadoes on Friday night at Provident Bank Park. The victory was Rockland's 11th in its last 13 games and moved them to within a game and a half of New Jersey, which was rained out tonight.
Rockland scored four runs in the first inning off Tornadoes' starter Walker McKinven, including RBIs by Phil Cuadrado, Ryan Scoma, Billy Alvino and Cole Kraft. That four run frame knocked McKinven out of the game and the Tornadoes used eight different pitchers over their eight defensive innings, including two position players, Tony Patane and Cam Kneeland.
The Boulders (32-27) are now a season-high five games over .500. Cuadrado, Scoma and Keith Brachold each contributed three hits to the 16-hit onslaught, with Cuadrado leading the squad with three runs batted in. Jon Velasquez worked a solid outing allowing just a Chris Torres homer as his lone run to improve to 4-4 on the campaign. He has now won three games in his last four starts, with a 2.23 ERA over 28.2 innings of work in that span.
Rockland looks to take the third game of this four game set Saturday at 7 p.m. with Pat Moran on the mound squaring off with Worcester's Dan Sausville.
Saturday there will be a Fireworks Extravaganza show after the game, presented by RSSM, LLP. It's also Christmas in July Night as the ballpark will be decorated for the holiday season. As a special bonus, the Boulders have announced that they will be offering $1 domestic beer as well as $3 imported beer specials at select locations.
Tickets are still available but they're going fast - to catch all the fun and action, call 845-364-0009, visit our box office, or purchase tickets here!