TROY — Gabriel Garcia hit two home runs during a 10-run sixth inning, and the New York Boulders overcame an early 2-0 deficit to rout the Tri-City ValleyCats 21-4 in a Frontier League game on Thursday afternoon at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium.
The Boulders, who were leading 4-2 entering the sixth, sent 15 batters to the plate in the inning and had seven hits, four of them homers. Garcia hit a two-run homer off reliever Jake Dexter to start the onslaught. The Boulders hit three straight homers later in the inning. Chris Kwitzer hit a grand slam, followed by solo shots from Garcia and Max Smith.
New York finished with seven homers. Alfonso Reda hit a solo homer in the third, Smith hit a two-run shot in the seventh and Jake MacKenzie added a solo shot in the seventh.
It’s the second time in three games that the ValleyCats have allowed over 20 runs to the Boulders. New York beat Tri-City 23-8 on Tuesday in Pomona.
It’s the fourth time this year the ValleyCats have surrendered 19 or more runs this season, and the sixth time they have given up 15 or more runs.
Brantley Bell hit a solo homer for the ValleyCats in the first, Joe Campagna had an RBI double in the second and Mitch Piatnik and Pacing Parks had run-scoring singles in the ninth.
The ValleyCats begin a three-game series at the New Jersey Jackals at 7:05 p.m. Friday.
New York 002 20(10) 601 — 21 22 0
Tri-City 110 000 002 — 4 6 2