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Late runs by Astros not enough to overtake Blue Jays08/28/2012 12:39 AM ET
By Hunter Reed / Greeneville Astros
Greeneville, TN - The Greeneville Astros (35-32) scored two late runs, but it was not enough to knock off the Bluefield Blue Jays (29-37) on Monday night at Pioneer Park. Bluefield had built a five-run lead over seven innings, and it proved to be too much for the Astros to overcome.
The scoring began when the Blue Jays got a sacrifice fly from Emilio Guerrero following a leadoff triple from Matthew Dean to start the second inning. Three innings later, in the fifth, the Blue Jays got another triple from Dalton Pompey who then scored on a Seth Connor RBI-single to give the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead.
In the seventh inning, Pompey connected on a ground-rule double and then scored on a Christian Frias RBI-triple. With Conner back up to bat, Frias scored on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, after Conner got on with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch, he scored on a RBI-double by Dean to put the Blue Jays ahead, 5-0.
The Astros never gave up, however, and battled back in the eighth inning. Jose Monzon led off with a double and scored on a Brian Blasik RBI-single. Blasik then stole second and scored on a Michael Martinez RBI-single to cut the Bluefield lead to 5-2. However, the Blue Jays were able to hold off the Astros from there and win their second straight game at Pioneer Park.
Bluefield's Alberto Tirado (2-0) gave up no runs on one hit over five innings as he earned the win. Joe Spano pitched 1.1 hitless innings to close the game and pick up the save.
The Astros face the Blue Jays in their season finale game on Tuesday at 7:00pm. It will be Fan Appreciation Night presented by Verizon with prize drawings and giveaways for fans throughout the night. In addition to the regular $2 Tuesday specials, there will also be a discounted $2 general admission ticket available. Finally, a season finale fireworks display presented by Landair will conclude the Astros 2012 season.
For more information on the Greeneville Astros, please call (423) 638-0411.