The Game: The Princeton Rays defeated the Johnson City Cardinals 7-4 in game one of the doubleheader on Thursday night at Howard Johnson Field. The game picked up right were it was suspended on July 25th with the game tied 2-2 in the fifth inning.
Princeton took the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ty Morrison drew a walk to lead off the inning and then stole second base. Cody Rogers singled to move Morrison to third and give the Rays runners on the corners. Seth Henry laid out a sac bunt to score Morrison and give Princeton a 3-2 lead.
The Rays increased their lead in the seventh inning. Geno Glynn drew a walk to get things started. Ty Morrison followed with a single to right. Then Cody Rogers delivered an RBI single to left, scoring Glynn and moving Morrison to third. Rogers then stole second and Seth Henry walked to load the bases for the Rays. Jason Patton followed with a two run double that scored Morrison and Rogers. Julio Cedeno then walked to reload the bases. David Wendt picked up a bases loaded walk to push across the fourth run of the inning and give Princeton a 7-2 lead.
Johnson City put together back to back one run innings in the eight and the ninth to end the game. Robert Stock hit a solo home run in the eighth. Then in the ninth, Ross Smith tripled to center and later scored on a wild pitch. But the Rays held on to win the game 7-4.
Deivis Mavares was the original starter on July 25th, pitching 4 innings and allowing 2 runs on 3 hits with 3 strikeouts and 2 walks. Tyler Oaks took over when play resumed on Thursday, earning the win by pitching 3 1/3 innings and allowing 1 run on 1 hit with 5 strikeouts and two walks. Alex Koronis pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed a run on 1 hits with 2 strikeouts. Patrick Daughtry was the losing pitcher for Johnson City.
What Went Right: Jason Patton; 2 for 4 with a home run, 3 RBI’s and a run scored.
What Went Wrong: Geno Glynn; only Princeton player not to get a hit, 0 for 3 with a walk.
A Look Ahead: The Rays and Cardinals play game two of the doubleheader. Trevor Shull will be on the mound for Princeton.