The Game: The Princeton Rays fell to the Bristol Sox 8-4 on Thursday night at Hunnicutt Field. The Sox took the lead in the second inning. Jeffer Patino got things started with a single to right. Jared McDonald drove home the first run with an RBI double to score Patino. McDonald later scored on a throwing error by Princeton’s catcher Alejandro Torres on a pick-off attempt, giving Bristol an 2-0 lead.
Princeton tied the game in the fourth inning. Ty Morrison was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning then advanced to second on a steal. Brian Bryles drew a walk. Morrison then stole third to give the Rays runners on the corners. Morrison later scored and Bryles advanced to third on a throwing error. Julio Cedeno then drove home Bryles to tie the game at two.
The Rays took the lead an inning later. Daniel Rhault singled, followed by a double off the bat of Kyle Spraker. Brian Bryles later followed with a two run triple to put the Rays on top 4-3.
Bristol answered back in the sixth inning, taking the lead to stay. The Sox got three consecutive singles by Jeffer Patino, Trayce Thompson and Jared McDonald to load the bases. Anthony Casario followed with a two run single and put the Sox ahead 5-3.
The Sox picked up some insurance in the ninth by posting three more runs to their total. The inning was highlighted by a two run triple by Jeffer Patino as the Sox won 8-3.
Omar Bencomo pitched 2 innings and allowed 2 unearned runs on 3 hits while striking out 1. Deivis Mavares was charged with the loss, allowing 3 runs on 7 hits while striking out 4 and walking 1. Kirby Yates threw 2 2/3 shut-out innings with 2 hits and 7 strikeouts. Matt Stabelfeld pitched the final inning and allowed 3 unearned runs on 1 hit while striking out 2.
What Went Right: Kirby Yates; struck out 7 in 2 2/3 innings.
What Went Wrong: Errors; Princeton committed 6 errors on the night.
A Look Ahead: The Rays and Sox play again on Friday night at Hunnicutt Field. Zach Rosscup will make the start for Princeton.
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