The Game: The Princeton Rays fell to the Bluefield Orioles 6-3 on Wednesday night at Bowen Field. The Orioles took the lead in the fourth inning. Javier Santana singled to short. Michael Flacco later followed with an RBI triple to score Santana and put Bluefield ahead 1-0.
The Rays tied the game in the top of the fifth inning. Kyle Spraker singled to left to lead off the inning. Then Ty Morrison drove him home with an RBI single to right that tied the game at 1.
Bluefield regained the lead in the home half of the fifth. Kipp Schutz singled to lead off the inning. Cory Thomas followed with a bunt that scored Schutz and Thomas advanced to second on an error. Thomas scored on a ground ball by Dashenko Ricardo and increased the lead to 3-1.
The Orioles picked up three more runs in the seventh inning. Joel Polanco and Kipp Schutz led off the inning with back to back singles. Jose Kianes replaced Polanco on the base path and both runners advanced ninety feet on a sac bun by Cory Thomas. Luis Ramirez followed with a two run triple. Ramirez then scored on a single by Dashenko Ricardo and the Orioles increased their lead on 6-1.
The Rays added two more runs in the ninth. Ramon Novas reached on an error to get things started. Kyle Spraker followed with an RBI double to score Novas. Spraker then scored on a single by Daniel Rhault. But it wasn’t enough as Princeton fell 6-3.
Zach Rosscup suffered the loss, pitching 6 1/3 innings and allowing 6 runs (4 earned) on 8 hits with 5 strikeouts. Jeff Cinadr pitched the final 1 2/3 inning and allowed a hit and recorded 2 strikeouts.
What Went Right: Kyle Spraker; 2 for 4 with a double and 2 runs scored.
What Went Wrong: Brian Bryles; 0 for 4 with a strikeout, lowering his average to .184 on the year.
A Look Ahead: The Rays will travel to play the Johnson City Cardinals (33-27)on Thursday at Howard Johnson Field. They will be playing a doubleheader that will include the completion of suspended game from July 25.