GREENEVILLE — The Burlington Royals took the opener against the Greeneville Reds 8-1 at Pioneer Park Sunday night. In his Reds debut, Jonathan Tripp allowed a hit and struck out five over 2 1/3 scoreless innings.
Maikel Garcia reached on Ranser Amador’s error at shortstop on the second pitch of the game, and moved into scoring position after Jack Gethings’ sacrifice bunt. Jake Means hit the first of three straight RBI extra base hits, a triple, to score Garcia for the games first run. Vinnie Pasquantino and Logan Porter followed with back-to-back RBI-doubles.
William Hancock and Mikey Filia hit back-to-back singles to open the fourth. Both advanced on a wild pitch. Hancock scored Burlington’s fourth run on David Hollie’s sacrifice fly.
After recording the first two outs in the fourth, Noah Murdock (W, 3-1) walked A.J. Bumpass to extend the inning. Bumpass went first-to-third on Carlos Reina’s double, and scored on Danielito Remy’s RBI infield single.
Means reached on an error with two outs in the seventh, and scored on Pasquantino’s RBI-triple to extend the Royals lead to 5-1. Porter hit a two-run single in the ninth, and Pasquantino scored on a throwing error to round out the scoring.
Murdock earned his third win in relief, he allowed a run on three hits and a walk in three innings. Tyler Garbee (L, 2-2) allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits in 3 2/3 innings for his second loss. Garbee also walked one and struck out four. A.J. Franklin (S, 1) allowed just one hit and struck out five over three scoreless innings for his first save.
The Reds will look to even up the series at Pioneer Park Monday at 6:30 p.m. Jose Salvador (2-3, 5.12) will take the ball for Greeneville against Delvin Capellan (3-1, 5.79).
REDS 5, YANKEES 3
PULASKI, Va. — Greeneville won 5-3 in 10 innings Saturday night to take the finale from Pulaski at Calfee Park. Ivan Johnson finished 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs. Graham Ashcraft allowed just one hit over five shutout innings, while striking out four.
Johnson’s first home run came three pitches into the game. It was a solo shot to center field off Ryan Anderson, his third of the season.
Greeneville added a second run in the seventh. Kenlly Montas walked the bases loaded, and with one away, Danny Lantigua hit an RBI ground out to first base, scoring A.J. Bumpass.
After throwing 18 pitches to get through two perfect innings, Spencer Stockton (W, 1-0) surrendered a leadoff single in the eighth to Jake Farrell. Farrell came into score Pulaski’s first run on Robert Javier’s RBI-triple.
In the ninth, Jake Pries hit a two-out, game tying solo home run to center field off Stockton.
Peterson Plaz started at second base in the tenth, and advanced to third on Justin Gomez’s single. After Hayden Wesneski (L, 1-1) struck back-to-back Reds, Johnson hit a go-ahead three run home run to right field.
Borinquen Mendez started at second for Pulaski in the bottom half, and scored on Jake Farrell’s RBI-single off Tyler Gibson (S, 1). Farrell went first-to-third on Anthony Volpe’s two-out double. Both runners were stranded as Gilbert struck out Antonio Cabello to end the game.
Stockton earned the win in relief. He allowed two runs on three hits, and struck out five over four innings. Wesneski took the loss, he allowed three runs, two earned, on three hits in two innings. Gilbert allowed an unearned run on two hits, and struck out the side in the 10th.