'Nadoes make Rapidz look like superheroes.


Byline: Chad Garner

WORCESTER - It was a night the Worcester Tornadoes would just as soon forget.

On "Superhero Night" at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field, there was nothing super about the Tornadoes' performance.

Worcester committed 5 errors, issued 11 walks and yielded 11 hits, while the last-place Rapidz scored 14 runs in the first four innings and held off a Tornadoes mid-game comeback for an 18-9 win in front of 2,209 fans.

"This is baseball, we're going to have those bad nights," said Worcester center fielder B.J. Weed, who had a two-run double and three-run homer. "This is pretty much only the second night we've had that we've gotten hammered.

"It was just a crappy night, we definitely don't lack confidence at all," he continued. "We're in the clubhouse knowing we're going to win almost every single night. In baseball, you don't always win every night, but we have that confidence that we're going to."

The Tornadoes trailed, 7-0, after three innings and the Rapidz kept pouring it on with seven more in the fourth for a seemingly commanding 14-0 lead.

Alex Beras replaced starter Ryan Mitchell to begin the fourth, and the scoring nightmare continued. Ottawa capitalized on four walks, a hit batsman, two infield errors and RBI hits by Felix Escalona (3 for 4, 5 RBI) and Jereme Milons for seven runs - three earned - off Beras.

Beras, who threw 43 pitches (16 for strikes), lasted only 2/3 of an inning and was yanked after surrendering a ground-rule RBI double to left by Milons.

Lefty Ryan Lobban came in and whiffed cleanup hitter Jabe Bergeron to end the inning. Ottawa sent 12 batters to the plate.

But the Tornadoes scored nine unanswered runs - six in the fourth and three in the sixth to pull within 14-9.

The Tornadoes finally got on the scoreboard in the fourth. Ottawa starter Greg Bunn, who was making his first start since coming off the disabled list with a left hamstring injury, struggled to find the plate after Ottawa's lengthy seven-run inning. When he did hit the strike zone, the Tornadoes made him pay and eventually knocked him out of the game.

Alex Trezza drove in the first run with a groundout that scored Scott Grimes, who was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning. Brett Thaler stroked an RBI...

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