Bristol Blues




Sloppy Play Sinks Blues in 10-3 Loss

By: AJ Fabbri


After suffering an 11-3 loss to Brockton last Friday, Bristol Blues’ manager Ronnie Palmer said there was no yelling or screaming in the clubhouse, just a calm yet stern message to come to the ballpark more focused the next day.

Coach Palmer will need to provide some more guidance to his team after they dropped an ugly one to the Pittsfield Suns, 10-3.

The Bristol offense, which entered tonight’s contest with the second worst team batting average  in the FCBL (.222), seemed primed to burst out of its early season woes.

Richard Brereton continued his hot streak in the first inning, doubling down the right field line, scoring Ian Ostberg. Conor Nolan followed that up with a two-run single, giving the Blues a 3-1 lead after one.

But that’s where the highlights ended for Bristol.

The Suns got to Bristol starter Jared Kollar early and often. Pittsfield was able to score four runs in the first three innings, but the strangest Sun rally came in the top of the fourth.

Pittsfield third baseman Jack Culumovic led off the inning with a high drive deep to center field. Nolan appeared to have tracked it down, but the ball popped out of his glove.

However, right fielder Peyton Stephens made up for Nolan’s error on the very next batter. Suns’ shortstop Nick Gastin sent a pedestrian fly ball into the right field corner. Culumovic tagged up from second, but Stephens uncorked a missile to cut down the runner by ten feet, completing the double play.

With two outs, nobody on base, and momentum seemingly on their side, Kollar could not escape the inning unscathed. After surrendering two base hits, the righty from Seton Hill induced what looked like an inning-ending ground ball.

But sure handed shortstop Jeremy Sagun’s first error could not have come at a worse time, as his bobble loaded the bases. Pittsfield right fielder Dylan Faircloth took advantage, driving in Alexander White and Taylor Meilleur with a clutch single, giving the Suns a 6-3 lead.

Bristol could not muster a comeback against Pittsfield starter Brian Johnson or reliever Joey Rodgers. At one point, the two combined to retire nine Blues batters in a row.

The Blues came into tonight’s game tied for a league lowest eight errors. They committed five tonight.

Defensive blunders were accentuated by an uncharacteristically wild performance from the Blues’ arms. Kollar, Emmet Sheehan, Mark Silvestri, Casey Elbin, and Ostberg combined to walk ten pittsfield batters, along with one hit batsmen. Five of those walks turned into runs. Four of Pittsfield’s ten runs were unearned.

Sheehan surrendered just one run in two innings of work. He utilized his electric fastball to fan four batters. Silvestri also looked sharp in one inning of work, striking out three.

Brereton continues to tear up FCBL pitching. His 3-4 performance has pushed him to second in the league in both hits (16) and average (.432).

Alex Loparco scored one run in a 1-4 performance for the Blues.


Kollar was tagged with the loss (1-1), while Johnson earned the win for Pittsfield.

The Blues drop to 8-3 on the season, but they have not lost two games in a row all season.

Bristol looks to maintain that trend tomorrow as it continues its homestand at 7 p.m. against the Worcester Bravehearts at Muzzy Field.