The Game: The Princeton Rays defeated the Greeneville Astros 7-3 on Sunday evening at Pioneer Park. The Rays took an early lead in the second inning. Ryan Wiegand led off the inning with a double to right field and then later scored on an RBI single by Jason Patton to put Princeton ahead 1-0.
Greeneville battled back to tie the game in the bottom of the second. Kyle Miller doubled to right to get things started. Then Carlos Mojica delivered an RBI single to third that scored Miller and tied the game. Greenville then took the lead in the bottom of the third inning on a solo home run by Jiovanni Mier putting the Astros ahead 2-1.
Princeton answered by putting up another run of their own to tie the game in the fourth. Brian Bryles led off the inning with a single to third. Julio Cedeno then drove him home with an RBI double to left to tie the game at two.
The Rays broke the game wide open in the fifth inning thanks to two home runs in the inning. The inning got started with Seth Henry being hit by a pitch. Then Alejandro Torres struck with a two run home run. Ty Morrison followed with a single to third and then advanced to third on a double by Brian Bryles. Cody Rogers drove home Morrison with a sac fly. Then Ryan Wiegand cleared the bases with a two run home run to put the Rays ahead 7-2.
Greeneville added another run in the eighth inning. Kyle Miller doubled to right and later scored on a ground out by Carlos Mojica. But it wasn’t enough as the Rays held on to win 7-3.
Omar Bencomo got the start, pitching 3 innings and allowing 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out 3. Deivis Mavares earned the win, pitching 4 shut-out innings allowing 2 hits with 5 strikeouts and 4 walks. Scott Shuman finished out the final 2 innings allowing a run on 1 hit with 4 strikeouts and a walk. Luis Cruz was the losing pitcher for Greeneville.
What Went Right: Ryan Wiegand; 2 for 4 with a double, home run, 2 RBI’s and 2 runs scored.
What Went Wrong: Cody Rogers; 0 for 3 with 2 K’s.
A Look Ahead: The Rays and Astros face off again on Monday night at Pioneer Park.