Mike Cain started the top of the fourth with a double, then moved to third on a ground out. Cain then scored Manchester’s first run on a ground out from Frattini. The Rams’ Dmitri Hunt reached with one away on a dropped third strike in the bottom of the frame before Thibault struck out swinging. Hunt then stole second before Justin Bolla would score him with a scorched single past shortstop to tie things up.
Rory Gentile hit a single to start the top of the fifth inning the stole second and plated on the overthrow while stealing third to jump the Mariners up one again. Drew Carter started the bottom of the frame with a double out to left field before Mike White struck out swinging. Joe White did the same, looking but a double From Esposito would tie things again. CJ Ingraham then jumped the Rams up a run with a single to left.
The wheels came off the wagon for the Rams in the top of the sixth when Cahill hit a single then moved to second on a ground out. Cahill went to third on another grounder before Frattini knocked him in with a bloop single that dropped behind the mound.
“If that gets caught, it’s a different game,” Rams coach Jeff Wood said.
Ian Buckley drew a walk next and Max Nesbit loaded the bases with a single before Gentile scored three runs with a triple out to deep left.
Tim Moore closed out the Rams season on the mound in the top of the seventh, allowing no runs before the Rams went down in a row to end the season.
“I had to work really hard against these guys,” said Tucker, who has spent time with the San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox organizations. “That is a great team. They’ve got some really pesky hitters. But I am excited that we were able to take home the championship. It’s a good group of guys over here, a good team we’ve got.”