Brendt Citta and Oliver Garcia are each in their second season with the Bristol Pirates.
If they keep playing like they have been, they might be leaving town soon due to a promotion.
Citta crushed a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning and Garcia notched his first save as the BriBucs continued to roll with a 5-3 Appalachian League road win over the Greeneville Reds on Saturday night.
Citta connected against Greeneville relief pitcher Anthony Zimmerman (0-1, 6.23 ERA) to turn Bristol’s 3-2 deficit into a 5-3 lead. It was his second homer of the season and raised his RBI total to 15.
Garcia pitched a scoreless ninth with two strikeouts to lower his ERA to 1.80.
Bristol (10-8) has won four in a row and nine of its last 11 games and is within percentage points of first-place Johnson City in the Appy League West Division standings.
Aaron Shackelford and Samuel Inoa added home runs for the BriBucs. Shackelford finished 3-for-4 to raise his batting average to .340.
Greeneville (6-12) managed just four hits against Santiago Florez, winning pitcher Yoelvis Reyes (1-0, 4.02 ERA) and Garcia. Allan Cerda hit a first-inning two-run homer for the Reds.
Bristol hosts Pulaski (10-7) today at 6 p.m. The Pirates have actually played better away from home, compiling a 7-2 road record.
Burlington 10, Pulaski 5
There have been three players in Major League Baseball history who have gone by the name Vinnie according to baseball-reference.com
Vinnie Pestano pitched for the Cleveland Indians and Los Angeles Angels from 2010-2015 and was once mentioned in an episode of the television series “How I Met Your Mother.”
Vinnie Chulk pitched in 259 big-league games from 2003-2012 with four different clubs
Vinnie Smith got a total of 54 at-bats with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1941 and 1946 and later became a MLB umpire. In fact, he was behind the plate on May 26, 1959 when Harvey Haddix threw 12 perfect innings for Pittsburgh against the Milwaukee Braves before ol’ Harvey faltered in the 13th inning and lost the game.
Smith was from Virginia, which is also the home state of the next guy named Vinnie who might reach the big leagues.
First-year pro Vinnie Pasquantino went 4-for-5 with four RBIs to lead the Burlington Royals past the Pulaski Yankees on Saturday and also smashed his fifth home run of the season. It’s not far-fetched to call Pasquantino the most featured slugger in the Appy League.
Pasquantino was a star at James River High School in Midlothian, Virginia, and later starred at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Elizabethton 5, Kingsport 3
On his profile on the Cal State-Fullerton website from the 2018 season, Erik Cha lists the Dark Knight trilogy as his favorite movies.
Cha has put together an impressive trilogy of his own this summer as evidenced by his 3-0 record and 1.86 ERA as a stud relief pitcher for the Elizabethton Twins.
He has vanquished the bat men of the Bluefield Jays and the Kingsport Mets (twice) in his 2019 trio of victories. He beat Kingsport on Saturday with 1 1/3 solid innings of work.
Danville 15, Princeton 6
The kid from Lake City, Florida, is making a splash in the Appalachian League.
Willie Carter went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs to raise his batting average to .286 as the Danville Braves pounded the Princeton Rays.
Carter was a star at Fort White High School and is from the same hometown as legendary pro football player and announcer Pat Summerall.
Bluefield 7-6, Johnson City 5-2
Mateo Gil and the Johnson City Cardinals were anything but masterful on Saturday as the leaders of the Appalachian League’s West Division dropped a doubleheader to the Bluefield Blue Jays.
Gil went 0-for-4 in the first game and 0-for-3 in the second game as his potential Appy League player of the year credentials took a hit.