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By Troy Juhn

The Utica Blue Sox find themselves in 5th place in the PGCBL east division at 15-13-1 after a 4-2 week overall. The Sox earned two wins over the Albany baseball club in a double header and two wins over Boonville at Murnane field and at Robert Smith Sports Complex. Utica however did lose twice against Watertown in the middle of the week, blowing a 5-1 lead late on and losing 10-6 in extra innings. 

A consistent part of each of the Blue Sox’s games this week was the starting pitching. Through the last seven games, Utica starting pitchers threw a combined 37 innings and only allowed 9 earned runs, which comes out to a 2.19 ERA. However the bullpen was inconsistent in late game situations. Blue Sox relievers in 18 total innings allowed 12 earned runs and 6 unearned, coming out to a 6 ERA. Utica relievers struggled late and allowed all 10 runs against the Rapids on Wednesday. The bullpen also allowed 3 home runs this past week, against Watertown twice last Sunday and Wednesday and against Albany on Friday. Sox pitching has allowed 9 home runs this season, tied for the 4th most in the PGCBL. The starting pitching has been strong the past week, but the bullpen needs to step up especially in late game situations. 

The offense has been humming as usual. Over the past week, 7 Blue Sox hitters hit over .300. Yomar Carreras struggled in his first 8 games with consistency at the plate, but the last 3 games he’s been on fire. The incoming Rutgers shortstop has 6 hits in his last 9 at bats with 3 walks and 6 RBIs. He had a stretch of 4 straight at bats with an RBI hit after he only had one RBI in his first eight games. His average has risen to .314 and his OPS went from .671 to .829 after last night’s win over Boonville. Kevin Denty hit his first home run of the season last night to punctuate his ongoing hot streak. The Valparaiso outfielder hit .333 with a .500 on base percentage in 6 games this week with 8 walks. Denty is second on the team in batting average, 3rd in hits, 4th in RBIs, 2nd in OPS and 1st in on base percentage. Utica averaged exactly 9 runs per game in this 7 game stretch. 

The Blue Sox return home later today to take on Watertown for the 9th time this season. The Blue Sox then play three more home games, back to back against Boonville on Tuesday and Thursday, and Friday against Oneonta. Utica faces Boonville for a third time on Saturday at Robert Smith Sports Complex, before returning home on Sunday for an exhibition matchup against the Albany Athletics. Be sure to get your tickets at uticabluesox.net. 

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