ValleyCats rally past Aigles to earn Frontier League doubleheader split

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TROY — Brad Zunica’s RBI single with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning capped a three-run rally and helped the Tri-City ValleyCats to a 5-4 victory over the Trois-Rivieres Aigles, and earn a split of their Frontier League doubleheader Wednesday at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.

Trois-Rivieres won the opener 3-1.

The ValleyCats trailed 4-2 entering the seventh and final inning of the second game. Juan Silverio began the inning with an infield single. Ciaran Devenney followed with a walk. One out later, Brantley Bell walked to load the bases. 

Jesus Lujano then hit a two-run single to tie the score 4-4. Denis Phipps was intentionally walked to reload the bases. Zunica followed with his game-winning hit.

Kumar Rocker was sharp in his fourth start for the ValleyCats. The right-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits. He struck out seven and walked two. Rocker tossed 58 pitches, 42 for strikes.

In Game 1, the Aigles took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. L.P. Pellitier scored on a groundout, and Steve Brown had an RBI single. They made it 3-0 in the second on Vaibhav Desai’s RBI double.

Phipps cut the Aigles’ lead to two in the fifth with a solo home run.

The ValleyCats threatened in the bottom of the seventh. Devenney and Pavin Parks singled to start the inning. They advanced a base on Bell’s sacrifice bunt.

But reliever Kyle Thomas struck out Lujano and got Juan Santana to pop out to end the game.

The teams conclude their three-game series at 6:35 p.m. Thursday.

Trois-Rivieres 210 000 0 — 3 8 1

Tri-City 000 010 0 —  1 7 1

Trois-Rivieres 000 022 0 — 4 8 0

Tri-City 001 001 3 —  5 8 1

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