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The Americans fell to 1-1 Wednesday night at Lexington where the Blue Sox defeated the Americans 8-0. Lexington jumped out to a 2-0 first inning lead against Americans' starter Dillon Corliss, who gave up only two singles in the inning but hurt himself by walking three batters, two of whom scored. Aided by an American error, the Blue Sox added two more runs in the second on a single by Josh Hassell.
After pitching a scoreless third, Corliss (0-1) was replaced on the mound by Aran Hamilton-Grenham. He was touched for three runs in the fourth, two of which were unearned following another error, before getting through the fifth unscathed.
Dylan Gaita pitched the sixth, surrendering one run on one hit with a balk that allowed the run to score from third.
The Blue Sox used three pitchers in the game. Starter Drew Leenhouts and relievers Ryan Filipowicz (1-0) and Elvin Florentino combined to shut out the Americans on three singles off the bats of Mike Addesa, Tom Petry and Nick Herzog.
The Americans, who have struggled at the plate through the first two games, will try to get the bats going Friday when they visit Arlington at Summer Street Field to take on the Trojans in a 7:00 start. Shawn Smeglin will be on the hill for Melrose. They will play their opening home game at Morelli Field Sunday when they host the Somerville Royals at 4:00. Opening game winner Zack Kirby is expected to make his second start in that one.
The Americans return to action Wednesday, June 8 when they travel to Lexington High School to take on the defending playoff champion Lexington Blue Sox at 8:00. Dillon Corliss, who fashioned a 3-4 record with an ERA of 3.44 in his rookie 2015 season, will be on the mound for the Americans.
Friday, June 10, the Arlington Trojans host the Americans at Summer Street Field in a 7:00 start. Shawn Smeglin will pitch for Melrose.
The Americans will play their first home game of the season Sunday, June 12 at Morelli Field. The league's newest franchise, the Somerville Royals, will be the opponent. Game time is 4:00.
Making his first Intercity League start Friday night, Zack Kirby hurled a complete game 4-hitter, allowing just one unearned run while striking out 12 to lead the Melrose Americans to a 4-1, opening day victory over the Reading Bulldogs at Endicott College.
Kirby, who this spring completed a four-year college career at Framingham State University, was dominant throughout the contest. He walked two batters in the game. One came around to score as a result of a pair of Melrose errors in the fourth, but he escaped that frame with a 6-3-5 double play. From that point on he slammed the door and kept it shut. He gave up a two-out single in the fifth but got the final batter of the inning on strikes. He then struck out the final six Bulldogs in order to end the game. Kirby also struck out the second batter in the fifth. Count them up and that's 8K's out of the last nine outs. Dominant.
The Americans scored all of their runs in a gift-wrapped second inning. Zeke Berg followed a Harrison Engstrom single with a single of his own. A Dave Center ground ball to third erased Berg at second and left runners at the corners. Connor Henry worked a walk to load the bases. Nick Herzog followed with a ground ball to third that was thrown wide to the plate, allowing Engstrom to score and reloading the bases. Dan Cacciola then hit a grounder back to the mound. When Bulldog pitcher Joe Lundgren had trouble finding the handle it was too late to throw home, and his wild, hurried throw to first ended up down the right field line, clearing the bases as Cacciola raced all the way to third.
The Americans had 5 hits in the game, all singles. In addition to the Zeke Berg and Engstrom hits, Cacciola, Herzog and Isaiah Berg also picked up a hit in the victory.
The Americans are idle until Wednesday, June 8 when they travel to Lexington to take on the defending playoff champion Lexington Blue Sox at 8:00. Friday, it's off to Summer Street Field in Arlington to play the Trojans at 7:00. The Americans play their Morelli Field home opener Sunday, June 12 when they host the Somerville Royals at 4:00.
July, 16, 2015
Corliss Shutout Leads Americans Over Chiefs
Dillon Corliss pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Americans to a 3-0 victory over the Andre Chiefs at Morelli Field. Corliss allowed 6 hits, struck out five, walked two and hit two batters while improving his record to 2-3. He was aided by a pair of double plays and wiggled out of a bases loaded, two-out jam in the sixth. He brushed off a two-out error in the seventh with a strikeout to end the game and preserve the shutout. The Chiefs' Matt DiCato (3-1) matched Corliss with a complete game, but with the Chiefs' offense held in check, he took the hard luck loss.
Offensively, Brian Carney led the way with a two-run double in the fourth. Ian Steckel had two hits for the Americans and Harry Smoske singled and drove in the game's first run with a sacrifice fly in the opening frame. Austin Masel, who has hit safely in five of six games since joining the team in early July, singled for the fifth Melrose hit.
July, 15, 2015
Americans Drop Second Straight To Blue Sox
The Blue Sox completed a sweep of the home and away, two game series with the Americans, leaving Morelli Field with an 8-3 win. The Americans answered a three-run Lexington first inning with one of their own but the three runs would be all Melrose could muster while Blue Sox tacked on two more in the second and one each in the third, sixth and seventh to pull away for the win.
Mike Andrews (1-3) did not have his best stuff this night and got tattooed for six runs on eight hits, to go with two walks and two hit batters, over 2.2 innings. Gianni Esposito fared better, allowing just one run over 3.1 innings. Kyle Autilio, making his Intercity League debut, surrendering the final Lexington run in the seventh.
Steve Passatempo had two hits and an RBI for the Americans and Chris Sharpe singled and drove in a run. Austin Masel, Mike Addesa, Ian Steckel and Chris Lanzilli, who also made his Intercity League debut against the Blue Sox, all hit safely for Melrose.
Ross Curley was the big gun for Lexington. Among his three hits was a home run leading off the sixth. He also walked and scored in the first.
He wasn't sharp (4 hits, 4 walks, 2 hit-batters in 4 innings), but Aidan Freeburg (4-1) was good enough to pick up the win for Lexington.
July 15, 2016
Americans Resign McGlinchy
Former Atlanta Brave Kevin McGlinchy has rejoined the Americans to shore up the back end of the bullpen. McGlinchy pitched for the Braves in the 1999 and 2000 seasons. He appeared in 74 games, compiled a record of 7-3 with and ERA of 2.75 and struck out 76 batters in 78.2 innings. In 1999, at the age of 22, the Malden native and Malden High School alum, appeared in the NLDS, the NLCS and the World Series.
McGlinchy pitched for the Americans in 2012 as a starter, getting 5 wins in the regular season and another in his only playoff start.
July, 15, 2016
Singleton Signs With Futures League Navigators
Americans' All-Star second baseman Mac Singleton has been signed by the North Shore Navigators of the Futures Collegiate Baseball League. Singleton, the 2014 Intercity League Rookie of the Year who hit .338 his rookie season, had proven to be one the league's all time best defensive second basemen in his year and a half in the league, an observation with which those who saw him play on a regular basis over that time will surely agree. Mac's departure is a huge loss for the Americans but his teammates and coaches wish him nothing but the best in his Futures League career. The Navigators are lucky to have him.
July, 13, 2016
Lexington Puts Brakes On Melrose
The Blue Sox broke open a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning when four runs crossed the plate without a hit being recorded to defeat the Americans 6-2 at Lexington in the first of back to back, home and away games between the two clubs.
The hitless, four run sixth was made possible by four walks, two errors, a couple of fielder's choices and a sacrifice fly. Mike Peters (0-1), who pitched very well through five innings, fell victim in the sixth, but with walks to the first two batters and an error on a subsequent sacrifice bunt, much of it was his own undoing.
The Americans answered a first inning Blue Sox run with a run of their own in the second and took a 2-1 lead with a run in the top of the third before Lexington tied it back up with a run in their half of the inning. It remained tied until the sixth when the Blue sox put the game away.
John Jennings led the way with two hits and a third inning RBI for Melrose. Mac Singleton, Chris Sharpe, Steve Passatempo and Harry Smoske had the other Melrose hits. Austin Masel drove in Passatempo with the first Americans' run on a ground out in the second inning.
July 10, 2015
The Americans placed six players on the Intercity League All-Star team that will play in the Eastern Massachusetts All-Star Classic Sunday, July 12 at Campanelli Stadium in Brockton. The Classic features All-Star teams from the Intercity League, the Boston Park League, the Yawkey League and the Cranberry League in the single elimination tournament.
Representing the Americans on the Intercity League team will be 1B/3B Mike Addesa, RHP Mike Andrews, C John Jennings, SS Vin Scifo, 3B/OF Chris Sharpe and 2B Mac Singleton.
July 10, 2015
Americans Sweep Up Reds
The Americans banged out twelve hits to complete a home and away sweep of the Watertown Reds with a 8-4 win at Morelli Field. Austin Masel swung the biggest American stick with a three for three, one double, one RBI, one run scored night. John Jennings with two hits, a walk and two runs scored, Mac Singleton with a pair of hits, a run, an RBI and a stolen base and Chris Sharpe with two hits, including a double, and a run scored played key offensive roles for the Americans as well. Mike Addesa, Steve Passatempo and Harry Smoske also hit safely.
Gianni Esposito (2-1) allowed three runs, two earned, over 4.2 innings to get the win for the Americans. Christian Rosati gave up one run over 1.1 innings before Mike Andrews slammed the door with a perfect seventh inning that included two strikeouts.
Reading's Sean O'Neill (2-3) tossed a complete game, three hit shutout at Endicott College to lead the Bulldogs over the Americans 3-0. The win marked the third time in three tries that the Bulldogs have beaten the Americans this season.
Reading got all the runs they would need in the first inning when they took advantage of early wildness from Melrose starter Alejandro Lopez-Wheeler (0-1). After getting the first two outs in the inning Lopez-Wheeler surrendered two runs on two singles and three walks. He was almost perfect for the next three innings, allowing only one base runner over that span, a leadoff walk in the second inning.
The Bulldogs got things going in the fifth. With one out, a double followed by a single put runners at the corners. A double steal attempt was thwarted when Melrose shortstop John Jennings cut down the lead runner at the plate for the second out.
Brendan McDonough was summoned from the bullpen and was greeted by a run scoring double that upped the Reading lead to the final score of 3-0 before he recorded the final out on a ground ball to second.
Lopez-Wheeler struck out 5 over 4.2 innings. Dan Cacciola had two hits for the Americans and Harry Smoske had the third.