BRISTOL, Va. — The Greeneville Reds (3-3) defeated the Bristol Pirates (1-5) 4-1 Sunday night at Boyce Cox Field to earn their first series win of the year.
After Bristol pitching held Greeneville to just two over the minimum through six innings, the Reds scored four runs on six hits over the final three frames.
LHP Jose Salvador walked Daniel Rivero to open the bottom of the second. Rivero stole second, and scored the games first run on Samuel Inoa’s RBI-single.
The Reds tied the game in the seventh. Cristian Olivo reached on a dropped third strike with one out, and scored from first on Carlos Reina’s RBI-double. Reyny Reyes doubled off RHP Wilger Camacho (L, 0-1) on the first pitch in the eighth, and scored the go-ahead run on Peterson Plaz’s RBI-double to give Greeneville their first lead.
Greeneville added two insurance runs in the ninth. A.J. Bumpass singled to open up the inning, and scored on Reina’s second RBI-double of the night. Reina was thrown out at third trying to stretch his hit into a triple. The Reds loaded up the bases with one out, and Plaz hit a sacrifice fly off RHP Luis Arrieta, scoring Raul Juarez from third, to round out the scoring.
RHP Matt Gill (W, 1-0) earned the win in relief. He allowed two hits in a scoreless inning with a strikeout. RHP Quentin Sefcik (S, 1) recorded the final six outs to earn his first career save. He walked one and struck out one over two scoreless innings.
The Reds are off Monday and begin a six game home stand Tuesday night against the Johnson City Cardinals at Pioneer Park. Tuesday night is Taco Tuesday. RHP Orlando Noriega (1-0, 0.00) will start for Greeneville.