Jeney hits key triple in Sox win
The Yuba-Sutter Gold Sox picked up their fifth straight over the Salinas Valley Packers with a 5-4 victory in a California Collegiate League game on Tuesday at Salinas Municipal Stadium.
Frank Jeney hit a bases-loaded triple in the top of the seventh inning to give the Gold Sox a 4-3 lead and the eventual win.
The Gold Sox swept the Packers in early June during a four-game league series.
Craig Ayers improved to 4-1 on the year, notching the win in six innings of work. Ayers allowed three runs on three hits.
Wes Porter worked three innings of relief for the save, allowing a controversial home run in the seventh. Porter faced just one batter over the minimum.
Mark Debanardo was tagged with the loss, giving up four runs on seven hits.
Debanardo (4-2) pitched well through six innings of work, scattering six hits and giving up one run. However, the Gold Sox tagged the pitcher for three runs in the pivotal seventh.
A.J. Valentine led off the inning and reached on an error after a bunt. Ryan Angel moved Valentine over to second with a single, and Mark Steinbeck's bunt down the line moved the runners up.
Jeney stepped to the plate and slapped a pitch down the right field line and into the corner, clearing the bases for a 4-3 lead. It was Jeney's second triple of the season.
Jeney later scored on Cameron Shick's two-out RBI single for a 5-3 lead.
The Gold Sox scored first, in the second inning, after Angel hit a double to score Jason Searle.
Salinas touched Ayers for a run in the third inning after Thomas Incaviglia hit a triple and scored on a wild pitch.
The Packers broke the 1-1 tie in the sixth inning with two runs and moved a run back after the controversial home run in the seventh.
Willie Hinojosa hit a ball to centerfield that apparently cleared the wall to pull Salinas to 5-4. Gold Sox manager Brad Peek disagreed, arguing with the field umpire who made the home run call.
Peek would later be thrown out of the game in the ninth after Jeney was thrown out at second following R.C. Dickerson's bunt. After Jeney was called out, Peek apparently had choice words for the field umpire and was immediately tossed.
Jason Searle had to leave the game in the fifth inning after complaining of an injured leg. Searle started the game at first base.