"He knows he's better than that, and I know he's better than that," Davey said of Dulin. "He'll come back and pitch stronger the next time around."
Mohawk Valley starter Justin Brown had his own control issues, as he walked three Albany batters over the first four innings. But Brown also allowed only three hits and struck out seven to keep the Dutchmen off the scoreboard.
Albany's fortunes changed when Brown was lifted for reliever Tyler Rogers prior to the start of the fifth inning. Rogers hit Matt Kirchner with a pitch, walked Mike DiBiase and threw a wild pitch that allowed Kirchner to move to third. Brett Thomas then hit a single to center field to drive in Kirchner with the Dutchmen's first run.
Rogers looked like he might escape the inning without further damage after getting Leroux to ground into a fielder's choice that forced DiBiase out at third and striking out Jordan Stouffer. But a passed ball moved Thomas and Leroux into scoring position for Graham Tyler, who stroked a two-run single to make the score 8-3. Coleman followed with his home run to close the gap to three runs and knock Rogers out of the game.
"That was huge because it got us to 8-5, and we started to believe we could win this game," said Davey.
Reliever Joseph Michaud got the final out of the fifth inning for Mohawk Valley, but that was the only out he recorded. The first five Albany batters of the sixth inning reached base on three walks, a single and Leroux's two-run double, which chased Michaud.
Sean Leahy came in for Michaud and got the next two batters out. But once again, Albany got a key two-out hit when Owens singled in Leroux and Thomas for the go-ahead runs. Coleman " who went to third on Owens' single " scored on an over-throw to second base to make the score 11-8.