Astros fall short at Bluefield, 5-3

Posted on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:00 am

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — The Greeneville Astros began a three-game series against the Bluefield Blue Jays on Wednesday night at Bowen Field. Although the Astros made a late rally, a four-run fourth inning by the Blue Jays was too much to overcome as Bluefield held on for a 5-3 win.

Each team began with a run on the scoreboard in the second inning. First, Jacob Nottingham singled and stole second to get into scoring position for the Astros. Then, with two outs, Yonathan Mejia singled on a line drive into center field to score Nottingham and put the Astros up 1-0. However, the Blue Jays answered with a Rolando Segovia RBI double in the bottom of the inning to tie the game at 1.

Two innings later, in the bottom of the fourth, the Blue Jays took the lead. It began with Bluefield (14-12) getting a sacrifice fly from Segovia with the bases loaded. Then, a RBI single from Jesus Gonzalez and a two-run single by Austin Davis followed to put the Blue Jays on top, 5-1.

Astros’ relievers Krishawn Holley and Joshua James would hold the Blue Jays without another base runner for the rest of the game. Holley retired the side in order in the fifth inning, and then James sent the Blue Jays three up, three down the rest of the way while picking up three strikeouts.

In the ninth inning, the Astros (12-13) got a leadoff double from Jason Martin and an Antonio Nunez walk. Then, a sacrifice fly moved Martin to third before Trent Woodward hit a two-run triple on a line drive to center field to cut the Blue Jays lead to 5-3. However, with the tying run at the plate, the final two batters struck out for the Astros to end the game.

Jesus Tinoco (W, 1-3), the Blue Jays starting pitcher, went the first six innings, gave up one run on two hits, and struck out six to earn the win. Meanwhile, Dusty Isaacs picked up the save after he pitched the final 0.2 innings, gave up one hit, and struck out two.

The Astros will face the Blue Jays in game two of their three-game series tonight. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Astros to host History Night Saturday

The Museums of Tusculum College will be featured as part of History Night at the Greeneville Astros on Saturday, July 19, during its game with the Danville Braves.

The evening will feature the two museums on the Tusculum campus, the Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library, and several other area museums and historic groups on the concourse at Pioneer Park, also located at the college.

In addition, the Tennessee Association of Vintage Baseball will promote living history by bringing the 19th century to life through baseball events that use the rules, equipment, costumes and culture of the 1860s.

The ball game will begin at 6 p.m. The evening will also feature a concert by Nikki Moulder at 4:30 p.m., and fans arriving early will receive a free Astros jersey of former Greeneville Astros MVP and MLB All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve as they enter the gates.

For more information, please visit the Greeneville Astros web site or contact the Museums of Tusculum College at 423-636-8554 or email dboyd@tusculum.edu.

The Doak House Museum and the President Andrew Johnson Museum and Library are operated by the Department of Museum Program and Studies of Tusculum College. In addition to the museums, the department is responsible for the College Archives and offers one of the few undergraduate Museum Studies degree programs in the country.

The two museums are also part of the National Historic District on the Tusculum College campus. Follow the museums on Facebook and Twitter to learn the latest news and upcoming events or visit its Web site at www.tusculum.edu/museums to learn more about the variety of programs offered at the museums.

-From Contributed Reports

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