BRISTOL - The Bristol Blues have dropped six of their last 10 games entering Tuesday, yet still hold the second place position in the standings behind the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks.
While there have been a few positives during the Blues’ skid, one of their biggest concerns as of late was one of their strengths early on.
Perhaps the biggest issue, as with in any baseball game, has been the runs allowed. Over the past three games - all losses - entering Tuesday, Bristol pitching has allowed the Pittsfield Suns, Brockton Rocks and Sharks to score a combined 19 runs. The Blues have managed 12 runs over those games.
Against the Suns last Wednesday, three different pitchers for the Blues had issues.
Nick Rascati and Mark Silvestri each gave up two earned runs and were hit around by the Pittsfield lineup.
Rascati started the game and let up six hits in 2.2 innings. Silvestri allowed four hits in two innings. In between the two, Kyle Haag pitched 2 1/3 and allowed three earned runs on four hits against him. The Blues lost 9-7.
Against the Rox it was a different story for Bristol.
Michael Genaro started for the Blues and went seven strong innings. When Genaro departed the game, Bristol held a 4-1 lead, only for the bullpen to blow the game in the eighth.
Jake Regula and Jason Hebner combined to allow five runs in the inning, three of which were earned. Bristol went on to lose the game 6-4.
The third loss came on the road against the first-place Sharks on Monday.
Kelvin Sosa and Zach Dionne each pitched three innings for Bristol. Sosa started and allowed four earned runs. Dionne came onto pitch in relief and he allowed two earned runs in the 6-1 loss to the Sharks.
The Blues have relied on their pitching staff quite a bit this summer considering how streaky the offense has been. Going forward, that pitching is going to need to round back into form.
NOT ALL IS BAD
While Bristol is looking to get back on track, there’ve been some positives for the Blues during the rough patch.
Offensively, Ethan Hunt has been a consistent bat for Bristol and he was riding a six-game hitting streak entering Tuesday’s game on the road against Brockton.
Matthew Bonvicini has also been swinging the bat well for the Blues of late. He’s hit in four of the past five games including three multi-hit games and seven RBI.
Peyton Stephens is another player who has been producing. Over the past week, Stephens is hitting .333 and has five hits in the last three games. He has raised his average from .220 to .274 on the season.
After facing Brockton on Tuesday, Bristol’s next two games are against the Nashua Silver Knights and the Worcester Bravehearts. Both are teams in the bottom half of the FCBL standings.