Who’s up for a winner-take-all game 3 in Charlottesville?
The Tom Sox certainly are, as they scored early and often to blitz the Strasburg Express tonight in a must-win game 2 of the Valley League championship series by a score of 11-5 in Strasburg.
Charlottesville blitzed Express starter Zach Peek with 5 runs in the 2nd inning on 4 hits, 1 walk, and a Strasburg error. The big blow was a 2-run double hit down the left field line by Jack Barry (the question of fair or foul was discussed for quite a while).
The Express touched Tom Sox starter Justin Sorokowski for a run in the 4th without the benefit of a hit, using a hit-by-pitch (Sean Scales) and 3 walks. Tyler Halas walked to force in the run. Another run cut the lead to 5-2 in the 5th, when Brandon Quaranta juuust missed a grand slam, and ended up with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Michael Wielansky, who is an absurd 8-10 in the series, grabbed those two runs right back for the Sox with a 2-run, 2-out home run in the top of the 6th.
Strasburg added two runs in the 6th when Tyler Martin and Halas hit back-to-back solo shots to cut the lead to 7-4.
The Tom Sox kept scoring, though, adding 2 runs in each of the last two innings. Vinnie Pasquantino doubled home 2 in the 8th, and Bryce Windham and Wielansky each singled home a run in the 9th.
Strasburg scored one last run in the 9th on a Scales RBI groundout, scoring Philip Madonna.
Sean McCracken got the win with 5 solid relief innings, while Peek received the loss.
The teams will meet Monday night in Charlottesville for game 3, unless the rumored weather becomes a reality.