The Game: The Princeton Rays were shut out by the division leading Danville Braves by the score of 3-0 Tuesday night at American Legion Field. The Braves came out scoring in the home half of the first inning. LV Ware led off the inning with a double to right. Mycal Jones reached on an error to give the Braves runners on the corners. Cory Harrilchak drove home the first run of the inning. Then Robert Hefflinger delivered an RBI single to score Jones and give Danville a 2-0 lead.
Danville struck for another run in the third as once again LV Ware led off with a double. Cory Harrilchak singled to move Ware to third. Then Riaan Furstenburg hit a sac fly to center that scored Ware. The Rays offense was unable to generate any runs against the Braves pitching staff as they held on to win 3-0.
Zachary Rosscup suffered the loss, allowing 3 runs on 4 hits in 2 2/3 innings while recording a strikeout and a walk. Jeffrey Cinadr pitched 3 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball while giving up 3 hits and striking out 2. Kirby Yates pitched 2 shut-out innings to finish the game allowing 2 hits with 4 strikeouts. Matthew Crim picked up the win for Danville.
What Went Right: The Bullpen; kept the game close by pitching 5 1/3 innings of shut-out baseball with a combined 6 strikeouts.
What Went Wrong: The Offense; lack of offensive support, only recording 5 hits, striking out 6 times and going 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.
A Look Ahead: The Rays and Braves will meet again for game two of the series on Wednesday night at American Legion Field. Trevor Shull (2-1) will pitch against Cory Rasmus (1-1).
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