Rox Week 3 Recap - J.P. Olson

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6/14 – 6/20
June 21, 2021
6/14 – OFF-DAY
6/15 – vs. WORCESTER – W 2-1 F/8 Avery Mabe (1-1)
6/15 – vs. WORCESTER – W 4-1 F/7 Dillon Ryan (3-0)
6/16 – vs. NEW BRITAIN – W 10-5 F/8 Ryan Bruning (2-0)
6/17 – at WESTFIELD – L 12-2 F/8 Eddie Curley (1-2)
6/18 – at NEW BRITAIN – L 13-1 F/7 Jack Snook (2-1)
6/19 – at WORCESTER – L 4-2 Mike Belcher (0-2)
6/20 – at NEW BRITAIN – L 5-4 F/7 Zach Clesas (0-1)
6/20 – at NEW BRITAIN – W 11-0 F/7 Juaron Watts-Brown (2-0)

After coming into the week 9-4, the Rox had a streaky third week of the season. Three home wins started off the week, while the Rox struggled on their road trip losing the first four before taking the last game for a 4-4 record and a 13-8 record on the season.
The Rox started the week with a doubleheader against the Worcester Bravehearts. In game 1, the Rox walked off in a pitchers’ duel as Jacob Studley scored on a wild pitch to end the game in the eighth to win 2-1. J.P. Olson was the offensive star for the Rox going 3-3 with a triple and a run scored. Kevin Dow pitched great allowing one unearned run in 6.1 innings while striking out 4, walking none and allowing 8 hits. Avery Mabe got the win as he pitched the final 1.2 innings striking out 2 and allowing 1 hit.
Game two of the home doubleheader with Worcester started off with a bang as the Rox put up 4 runs in the first inning against starter Aaron Dona. Erick Ramirez had a big two run double in the sloppy inning. Those 4 runs were enough to hold the lead as starter Dillon Ryan was phenomenal striking out 9 in 5 scoreless innings, allowing 3 hits and walking 1. Michael Gemma allowed 1 in the 6th, setting up the successful save for Juaron Watts-Brown in the 4-1 victory. Ben Rounds had a good offensive day with a double and 3 walks in his 4 plate appearances.
The next home game on Wednesday was a wild one for the Rox as they went down early as the New Britain Bees took a 5-0 lead in the 3rd off of James Quinlivan and Ryan Bruning. The Rox, however, put up a 5 spot in the 3rd off starter Dawson Logie to tie it. The Rox continued to pile it on expanding the lead slowly to 10-5 by the seventh. In the top of the ninth, the Bees coach requested to call the game due to dangerous conditions of darkness giving the Rox the win. J.P. Olson had another 3 hit day with another triple, this time bringing in 3 runners. Thomas Kierce, Max Pierce, and Zach Clesas ended the game with 3 scoreless innings of relief.
The Rox began to struggle as they hit the road for a 5-game road trip. Eddie Curley went 5 IP allowing 5 R, 2 earned. Holden Ferrari went 2/3 of an inning allowing 2 more earned runs. Avery Mabe was able to slow them down a bit going 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, but the Starfires scored 5 off of Colton Carson in 1/3 of an inning to walk off to a run-rule win 12-2. The bats struggled for the Rox but Pat Roche went 2 for 4 with a double.
The Rox struggled again on Thursday in New Britain as they lost 13-1 in run-rule fashion. Jack Snook, Michael Gemma, and Zach Clesas struggled, allowing 13 runs combined in 4+ innings. The Rox were held to three hits offensively: a Pat Roche double, a Luca Danos triple and an Erick Ramirez homerun. Max Pierce pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Kevin Seitter of the Bees pitched a complete game in the win.
The Rox took their third straight loss in Worcester on Friday in a much closer encounter. Mike Belcher struggled a bit but was able to get through 5 IP allowing 3 ER. Ben Reyes allowed another in the 6th. Mike Dragon and Randall Perrin pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth inning as the Rox tried to come back. The Rox scored two late runs but it was not enough as the Rox lost 4-2. Offensively Justin Riemer went 2-4 with a double.
The Rox looked for better fortunes in a doubleheader Sunday in New Britain. In game 1, the Rox found themselves in a tight back-and-forth game with the Bees. Ryan Bruning started and allowed 2 ER through 5 IP. After going down the Rox scored 4 on a couple of singles and a couple of sac flies. In the bottom of the sixth the Bees scored 3 off of Zach Clesas, as his early season woes continued. The Rox were unable to come back in the 7th, losing 5-4.
Game 2 of the double header helped the Rox end the road trip on a positive note as the Rox won 11-0. A balanced effort by the Rox offense won this one for them as all 10 hitters had a run or an RBI, with the big day including a 8 run 5th inning. Mike Golankiewicz went 2 for 2 with a double, a run, and 2 RBI. Pat Roche also doubled in a 2-3 day with 2 runs and an RBI. Juaron Watts-Brown was fantastic in his first start of the season, going 6 scoreless innings with 6 strikeouts, while allowing 4 hits and 4 walks. Max Pierce finished the game with a scoreless inning to close out the Bees.
The Rox finished the week at 13-8 with a half-game lead over both Norwich Sea Unicorns and Pittsfield Suns who both sit at 13-9. At 2 games back are the Worcester Bravehearts at 11-10. In fifth place are the Westfield Starfires at 9-10. The New Britain Bees are in sixth at 10-12 after a split of their four games with the Rox in the week. In seventh sit the Vermont Lake Monsters at 9-12, and rounding up the standings are the 6-14 Nashua Silver Knights who are now 6.5 GB.
J.P. Olson won player of the night against the Bees on Wednesday as he went 3-5 with a 3B, 1 R and 3 RBI in a big comeback win for the Rox, the only award given in what was a tough week for the Rox.
TUESDAY 6/22 vs. NORWICH 5:00pm
THURSDAY 6/24 at VERMONT 7:05pm
FRIDAY 6/25 at VERMONT 7:05pm

SUNDAY 6/27 vs NEW BRITAIN 1:30pm 

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