GREENEVILLE — Carlos Reina hit a walk-off, RBI-double to center field in the 11th inning to help the Greeneville Reds even up the series against the Burlington Royals at Pioneer Park Monday night. The win is the Reds first extra-inning win at home this season.
Danny Lantigua’s two-out, two-run triple in the second inning got the scoring started. Mikey Filia scored on a wild pitch in the fifth inning, and Vinnie Pasquantino’s sacrifice fly in the sixth for Burlington tied the game.
Tyler Callihan tripled with two outs in the ninth, but pinch hitter Ranser Amador grounded out to send the game to extras. In the tenth, the Reds got their bonus runner to third with less then two outs, but Elliott Anderson (L, 2-1) induced a pair of ground outs to get out of the jam.
Burlington scored their bonus runner in the 11th. Maikel Garcia moved to third on an infield single, and scored the go-ahead run on Pasquantino’s sacrifice fly.
Mike Spooner started the bottom of the eleventh at second, and scored the tying run on Garrett Wolforth’s RBI-single. Wolforth moved to second on Tyler Callihan’s infield single, and scored the winning run on Reina’s walk-off double.
Tyler Gibson (W, 1-2) allowed an unearned run and a hit in three relief innings for his first win, he also struck out four. Jose Salvador did not factor in the decision, but matched a career-high 11 strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings. Alberto Gonzalez allowed two hits over 2 1/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts.
The Reds and Royals will play the rubber game of the series on Tuesday at Pioneer Park. First pitch between Jake Gilbert (0-0, 2.37) and Marlin Willis (1-0, 3.41) is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.