In what seemed an unlikely occurrence just 10 days ago, the Bristol Pirates have a winning record.
A five-run fourth-inning outburst and stellar relief pitching propelled the BriBucs to a 5-1 Appalachian League road victory over the Greeneville Reds on Friday night.
Bristol had just a 1-6 mark on June 25 after a loss at Elizabethton, but the Pirates (9-8) have prevailed in eight of their last 10 games and have secured four consecutive series wins.
Bristol scored all five of its runs in the fourth inning, including two-run singles by Juan Eusebio and Matt Morrow. Morrow and Francisco Acuna each had two hits in the win.
The Pirates also got a combined five scoreless innings from relievers C.J. Dandeneau and Samson Abernathy. Dandeneau (1-0, 1.50 ERA) struck out four in three shutout innings as the ex-University of Connecticut standout recorded the first triumph of his professional career.
Greeneville (6-11) received two hits from Blake Trahan, who played 11 games in the big leagues last year with the Cincinnati Reds and is currently on an injury rehabilitation assignment.
Bristol is tied with Elizabethton (9-8) for second place in the Appalachian League’s West Division. Johnson City (10-5) resides in first place.
Bristol plays at Greeneville again today, before returning home on Sunday to face the Pulaski Yankees.
Elizabethton 7, Kingsport 1
It was 90 degrees and partly cloudy when the Appalachian League clash between the Kingsport Mets and Elizabethton Twins began at Joe O’Brien Field.
It soon turned breezy.
That’s because Kingsport hitters struck out 15 times against the Elizabethton pitching trio of Andriu Marin, Denny Bentley and Frandy Torres.
Brett Baty was the Wonder of Whiff for Kingsport as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Princeton 5, Danville 4
Five runs in the second proved to be enough for the Rays.
Angelo Armenta hit a grand slam and Brett Wiseley followed with a solo shot, all in a five-run fifth inning to lead Princeton past the Braves.
Aldor Rodriguez, Angel Felipe and Ryan Allain held the Braves to just two runs over the final seven innings, with Felipe picking up the win and Allain getting the save for the 9-8 Rays.
Danville (8-9), which was out-hit by the Rays 8-6, was paced by Connor Blair with two RBIs and two runs scored from Mitch Calandra. Peyton Williams surrendered all five Princeton runs to take the loss.
Burlington 7, Pulaski 6
Elvis left the building with a loss on Friday night.
Pulaski relief pitcher Elvis Peguero gave up two runs in the bottom of the 11th inning in getting tagged with the defeat as the Yankees dropped a decision to the Burlington Royals.
The “U.S. Male” known as William Hancock of the Royals must have had the mindset “It’s Now or Never” as he delivered a walk-off RBI single off Elvis.
Some Burlington fans in attendance probably had “Suspicious Minds” after Pulaski went up 6-5 in the top of the 11th inning, but the Royals rallied and were reminded “Don’t Be Cruel” to the home crowd.
Wherever Pulaski is staying in North Carolina could be dubbed “Heartbreak Hotel” as the Yankees were probably “All Shook Up” after such a tough setback.
Peguero is now 1-2 with a 6.75 ERA as he continues to “Follow That Dream” of reaching the big leagues and his manager probably told him “That’s All Right” since the season is only 16 games old for the Yankees.