By Jack Belanger
After having their longest winning streak of the season, the Nashua Silver Knights got bead badly by the Worcester Bravehearts at Holman Stadium by a score of 7-1. The Knights had just rolled off seven wins in a row to reach 20 wins and move up into a tie for fifth place with the Pittsfield Suns.
During the win streak, Nashua was able to get solid starts from its pitchers to keep the game close. Starter Justin Snyder, who had a 2.12 ERA going into the game, pitched well through three innings but had a rough fourth. The Bravehearts got four hits in the inning, all singles, and took advantage of a walk and an error by shortstop Cody Morissette to score four runs in the inning which would give them plenty of breathing room for the rest of the game.
The Knights were able to get a run back in the bottom of the inning as leftfielder Jeff Costello would score on a sacrifice fly from Luke Tyree. The Knights would threaten again in the fifth with runners on first and third with no outs, but back-to-back strikeouts and a pop up to the catcher would end the inning.
Worcester would have another rally in the seventh of off reliever Dan Shaw. Catcher Paul Gozzo would hit a double with one out, followed by another error by Morissette with Kirk Sidwell hitting, and then Gozzo would score on an RBI single by Tyler Becker. Sidwell would then score on a groundout to second base by Idelson Taveras. Though Nashua’s pitchers gave up 14 hits, they did not get much help in the field as the Silver Knights made four errors on the day.
Worcester would add an insurance run in the eighth to make it 7-1 which would be the final score. Nashua’s two newest hitters, Nate Cormier and Joe Bramanti, would both have good days at the plate as each got two hits.
The Silver Knights will go on the road Friday versus the Pittfield Suns, then return Saturday for a doubleheader against them.