The Game: The Princeton Rays defeated the Bluefield Orioles 8-2 on Friday night at Hunnicutt Field. The game remained scoreless until the third inning when Princeton struck for three runs. Ty Morrison led off the inning with a double right then later advanced to third with a stolen base. Cody Rogers followed with an RBI single to center scoring Morrison. Rogers than advanced to third on an error while stealing second. Julio Cedeno drove home Rogers with a ground ball to first. Princeton got their third run of the inning on a solo home run by Geno Glynn to take a 3-0 lead.
Princeton added two more runs in the sixth inning. Geno Glynn led off the inning with a single followed by a walk to Kyle Spraker. Both runners advanced into scoring position with a ground out by Daniel Rhault. Then Tomas Francisco delivered a two run single to increase the Rays lead to 5-0.
Bluefield made it to the scoreboard in the top of the seventh when Edinho Meyer got things started with a triple. Dashenko Ricardo followed with a single to center that scored Meyer and put the Orioles on the board. Omar Casamayor later drove home Ricardo for the Orioles second run of the night.
But the Rays cancelled out those runs by adding three more of their own in the bottom of the inning. Ty Morrison led off the inning with a single to center. Then Bryan Bryles and Julio Cedeno drew walks to load the bases. Geno Glynn drove home the first run with a single to right that scored Morrison. Kyle Spraker later followed with a two run double that scored Bryles and Cedeno giving the Rays the 8-2 win.
Deivis Mavares picked up the victory, pitching 6 shut-out innings only allowing 3 hits while striking out 5 and walking 2. Scott Shuman earned the save allowing 2 runs on 4 hits with 6 strikeouts and 2 walks in 3 innings of work. Justin Anderson was the losing pitcher for Bluefield.
What Went Right: Geno Glynn; 3 for 4 a home run, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. Deivis Mavares; throws 6 innings of shut-out baseball with 5 K’s enroute to 4-0 on the year.
What Went Wrong: Ramon Novas; only Rays player not to reach base, 0-4 with a K.
A Look Ahead: The Rays and Orioles conclude the series on Saturday night at Hunnicutt Field.