'Nadoes offense lacking in loss; Sausville weak against Jackals.


Byline: John McGuirk

WORCESTER - To steal a line from Forrest Gump, Tornadoes pitcher Dan Sausville is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get.

Some nights Sausville has pitched well enough to give his team a chance. There are other times, however, when the right-hander struggles to find his control and Worcester falls into an early hole.

Last night was the latter. Sausville labored through 52/3 innings, surrendering five runs, as New Jersey cruised to an 8-1 victory at Hanover Insurance Park.

Sausville (3-8) surrendered nine hits, walked three and struck out three as his ERA climbed to 6.04.

Meanwhile, Dustin Birosak was solid for the Jackals. The former Cal State-Fullerton lefty handcuffed the Tornadoes over six innings, giving up a run on just five hits. He recorded seven strikeouts and walked just two, working himself out of a couple of early jams.

"We had a couple of opportunities to score some runs in the early innings but we didn't capitalize," said Tornadoes manager Chip Plante, whose team stranded seven runners. "For us, we need to capitalize in those kinds of situations. We can't not score in those situations and expect to win baseball games. You need to find a way to score."

New Jersey (41-29) took a 1-0 lead in the...

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