PHOTO: Chris Gilmore/Y-D Red Sox
BY RYAN GALLANT
Brittany Bowker contributed to this report.
The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox made their second trip to Eldredge Park of 2013 Monday night, falling to the Orleans Firebirds by a score of 5-4.
It was Y-D?s fifth consecutive road loss and second loss at Orleans in as many trips. The win pushed the Firebirds one point ahead of Y-D in the Eastern Division standings. The Red Sox, with ten games to go, stand seven points ahead of the Brewster Whitecaps for the last playoff spot in the division.
James Kaprielian started for Y-D, throwing six innings. He allowed five hits and four runs (one earned), but struck out seven. At the conclusion of the fifth inning, he had retired eight in a row and faced three batters over the minimum.
The Red Sox opened the scoring in the first inning, with Auston Bousfield scoring after Alex Blandino doubled to left. Y-D tacked on two more runs in the third inning after Andrew Daniel and Bousfield scored on a ground out and single, respectively.
Jose Trevino homered for Y-D in the top of the sixth, giving his team a 4-0 lead at the time.
Kaprielian had good command with all of his pitches until the sixth, when the Firebirds sent eight batters to the plate. After leadoff man Ross Kivett singled and Will Fulmer and Jordan Luplow were retired, Austin Davidson doubled, advancing to third on a throwing error by Brandon Downes, allowing Kivett to score Kaprielian?s only earned run. He was replaced by Kody Kerski to start the seventh inning and received a no-decision.
The Firebirds were not done then. Jordan Betts drew a four-pitch walk, then Collin Slaybaugh doubled, scoring Davidson and Betts. Riley Moore then reached on an error, allowing Slaybaugh to come around, completing a comeback from 4-0 down.
Kivett scored what ended up being the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh after Davidson singled to left.
Y-D had an opportunity to tie the game in the eighth, when Alex Blandino tripled to deep right center with one out. He was stranded after Trevino struck out and Robert Pehl grounded out.
Matt Troupe earned a two-inning save, striking out three batters. The save was his seventh of the summer, which is second in the league.
After an off day Tuesday, Y-D hits the road again for their final regular season trip to Harwich, with first pitch at 7:00 PM Wednesday. Check our Facebook and Twitter pages for links to the game broadcast.