'Nadoes bow on shoddy fielding; Reliever foiled by pair of errors.


Byline: Rick Eggleston

WORCESTER - Worcester Animal Rescue League's "Bark in the Park Night" encouraged fans to bring their four-legged friends to the Tornadoes game last night at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.

And while a few fans brought along Fido, it was the Tornadoes' bark that proved worse than their bite in a 7-4 loss to the New Jersey Jackals.

Tornadoes reliever Shawn Gilblair entered the game in the sixth inning with Worcester leading, but errors led to two unearned runs, thanks to a dropped infield pop-up and a wild throw to first.

Abraham Nunez's two-out, bases-loaded infield single in the inning, which drove in the tying and winning runs, proved to be the difference.

Gilblair, who entered the game in relief of starter Matt McDonald, was the only pitcher in the Can-Am League still sporting a 0.00 ERA, until New Jersey's Jake Butler led off the seventh with a home run to left.

"(McDonald) threw a lot of pitches early and he had a high pitch count going into the fifth inning, but he did his job," Tornadoes manager Rick Gedman said. "Gilblair did fine, too. I think a lot of times we're just shooting ourselves in the foot."

Worcester's costly miscues - three in all - came on the heels of an otherwise solid effort from McDonald, who cruised through the first three innings with a 3-0 lead before running into trouble in the fourth, when the Jackals loaded the bases with one out.

Quentin Davis' two-run single quickly made it 3-2.

"Matt kept us in the game for the first five innings and then you get a couple...

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