The Game: The Princeton Rays dropped the series finale against the Bluefield Orioles on Saturday night at Hunnicutt Field. Bluefield scored first in the second inning. Corey Thomas reached base on a force out followed by back to back singles by Luis Ramirez and Lance West to load the bases for the Orioles. Kipp Schutz then drove home Thomas to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead.
Things got interesting in the fourth as Cody Rogers led off the inning with a shot to right. While running the bases, Rogers was slowed while getting tangled up with the Bluefield first baseman and was out at third on the play. Princeton manager Jared Sandberg was ejected after arguing the play on the field with umpire Mike Cafaro.
Bluefield added three more runs to their lead in the top of the sixth inning. Michael Planeta got things going with a solo home run. Cory Thomas then drew a walk and later advanced to third on a single by Luis Ramirez. Lance West followed with an RBI single to score Thomas and advance Ramirez to third. Then Kipp Schutz picked up his second RBI of the night by driving home Ramirez to give the Orioles a 4-0 lead.
The Orioles added another run in the eighth inning. Michael Flacco singled to third to put a runner on the bases. Then Cory Thomas drew a walk to move Flacco into scoring position. Luis Ramirez followed with an RBI single to score Flacco and increase Bluefield’s lead to 5-0.
The Rays finally hit the scoreboard in the bottom of the eighth inning. Alejandro Torres and Ty Morrison got things started with back to back singles. Then the runners advanced a base each on a wild pitch, moving both into scoring position. Kyle Spraker plated two runs with a single to right that scored Torres and Morrison and moved the Rays to within three runs of the lead.
Princeton’s momentum continued into them home half of the ninth. Ryan Wiegand singled to center followed by a walk issued to Julio Cedeno to get things going. Geno Glynn moved Wiegand to third with a fly ball to right. Then Jason Patton delivered an RBI single to right scoring Wiegand. But the Princeton rally fell short as Daniel Rhault struck out swinging to end the game and give Bluefield the 5-3 win.
Zachary Rosscup suffered the loss going 5 innings and allowing a run on 4 hits while striking out 3 and walking 1. Jeff Cinadr pitched 3 innings and allowed 4 runs on 7 hits while striking out and walking 2. Matt Stabelfeld pitched a no hit ninth inning for the Rays. Vito Frabizio was the winning pitcher for the Orioles.
What Went Right: Kyle Spraker; responsible for driving in 2 of the 3 Princeton runs.
What Went Wrong: Jeff Cinadr; surrendered 4 runs on 7 hits.
A Look Ahead: The Rays hit the road to begin a series against the Kingsport Mets. They kick of the series with a doubleheader on Sunday at Hunter Wright Stadium.