Mill Rats shutout Paints to open homestand

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – The Johnstown Mill Rats ended their three-game losing streak by defeating the Chillicothe Paints 10-0 in eight innings during a Prospect League matchup on Sunday afternoon at Sargent’s Stadium at the Point.
Mill Rats pitchers JD Greeley and Sean Furlong combined to throw the squad’s second shutout victory of the season, giving up just three total hits to avenge Saturday night’s loss to the Paints and move into a tie for first place with Chillicothe in the Ohio River Valley Division standings.
“I’m very proud of the way the guys responded today,” Johnstown manager Tyler Sullivan said. “After getting in last night at 3 a.m. after a six-game road trip, we came out and took care of business. Greeley and Furlong had great outings, and we had some very solid offensive performances.”
Greeley (2-0) tossed five innings, giving up two hits while walking three and striking out six to earn the victory. Furlong was awarded the save after throwing three relief frames. He allowed just one hit, walked two and struck out three.
Offensively, the Mill Rats pounded out 13 hits, with Jake Casey, Andrew Casey and Randy Carlo IV each tallying three apiece. Carlo IV hit a two-run home run and scored four times. Andrew Casey was a homer short of the cycle. Jake Casey doubled and drove in two runs.
Joe Capobianco and Sam Mast each also recorded two RBIs. DJ Alexander was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Johnstown opened the scoring with three runs in the bottom of the third, highlighted by a Mast RBI single. The Mill Rats then tallied a run in both the fourth and fifth innings before Carlo IV’s two-run home run in the sixth. The mercy rule was put into effect when Johnstown tallied three runs in the bottom of the eighth.
Brett Carson, Hunter Klotz and Owen Wilson each had a hit for the Paints.
Johnstown (21-27, 9-8) will attempt to sweep the two-game series with Chillicothe at 7 p.m. Monday night.