On July 2, 1995, Benji Gil of the Texas Rangers went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts and also committed an error in his team’s 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners.
Exactly 24 years later, his son had a much better day on the baseball diamond.
Mateo Gil hit his second home run of the season and played flawless defense at shortstop as the Johnson City Cardinals ran their winning streak to five games by downing the Greeneville Reds 10-5.
Jhon Torres added three hits and three RBIs for the Cardinals, who are 9-4 and lead the Appalachian League’s West Division.
Princeton 6, Burlington 5
Some Appalachian League reactionaries might have been ready to crown the Burlington Royals when they started the season with three victories.
Nowadays the team from North Carolina looks nothing like Appalachian League royalty.
Burlington lost its seventh straight game on Tuesday and did so by coughing up a 5-0 lead, committing four errors and stranding 10 baserunners in a setback to the Princeton Rays.
Burlington (5-9) got nothing going against Princeton relief pitcher Mitchell Walters, a former Wichita State University standout who crafted three hitless innings of relief and collected his first professional victory.
Pulaski 10, Elizabethton 5
The Allman Brothers Band proclaimed in their 1971 hit song that they weren’t going to let anybody catch the Midnight Rider.
Pulaski’s 6:30 p.m. Ryder is not allowing opponents to catch any of the balls coming off his bat lately.
Ryder Green went 2-for-4 with two RBIs – raising his batting average to .333 and putting his RBI total at nine – as the Yankees overpowered the Elizabethton Twins
All Appalachian League weekday games now start at 6:30 p.m. after being slated for 7 p.m. first pitches for years. That hasn’t put a damper on Green’s performance or the crowds at Pulaski’s Calfee Park as 2,727 were in attendance on Tuesday.
Bluefield 14, Danville 6
Nine runs in the fifth was more than enough runs for the Blue Jays, which won at Danville.
Joseph Reyes slugged a three-run home run and Spencer Horwitz doubled and drove in four runs for Bluefield (7-7). Miguel Hiraldo added two hits, including joining Scotty Bradley with a double.
Bluefield, which was out-hit by Danville 10-9, drew 11 walks from five Braves’ pitchers. Michael Mateja homered and drove in four runs for the Braves.
Brandon Parker and Cody Birdsong had two hits apiece. Alger Hodgson took the loss on the mound.