Manny’s snaps five-game skid with 3-1 win
A two-run sixth inning helped break a 1-1 tie and also snapped a five-game losing streak for Manny’s TV & Appliance with a 3-1 win over Chicopee Falls Tigers in a Tri-County League baseball game Tuesday evening at Szot Park in Chicopee.
Manny’s (7-11) had sported a 6-6 record as recently as July 10 but the five-game skid left the defending TCL runner-up in jeopardy of missing the postseason. The TV & Appliance Men got a big boost against the Tigers, although it didn’t come without some late-inning dramatics.
The teams were locked in a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth when Greg Vouros (two hits) led off with a double and scored on Kyle Henry’s single. With one out, John Wilkes hit a fly ball to center field that was dropped for an error, and moved Henry to third. Henry then scored when Dusty Mones hit a grounder to short that was thrown wide of second base on a force attempt, allowing Henry to score.
Chicopee (7-9-1) did not go quietly, loading the bases off Manny’s starter Austin Finck in the seventh inning, all three runners reaching on walks. Manny’s skipper Lee Magee called in reliever Mones with two outs and the bases full to face Chicopee slugger Rich Wilson, who had already homered. Mones got Wilson to strike out swinging to end the game. Finck finished with three strikeouts and six walks, but allowed just four hits.
“He looked pretty good,” Magee said of Finck. “He got our last win, so he went out there pretty confidently. He was a little wild and I think he tired in the seventh inning, but whenever he needed to, he gutted it out and got out of jams.”
Manny’s got on the board first with a run in the top of the fourth, when Vouros singled and later scored on Wilkes’ RBI double, but Wilson hit a home run to tie the game.
Eric Libardoni finished with two hits, including a double, for Manny’s.
Nick Voutron suffered the loss, striking out seven in a six-hit, two-walk, complete-game performance.
“We had lost five games in a row, and I can’t remember the last time that happened to us,” Magee concluded. “This was what we needed. It was a big shot in the arm.”
Manny’s hosts Wilbraham Funeral Home tonight at 5:45 at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.