GREENEVILLE, TENN.- The Greeneville Astros scored on an error in the bottom of the ninth to walk off over the Burlington Royals and earn a 2-1 win on Sunday at Pioneer Park.
Tied 1-1 into the home half of the ninth inning, Greeneville (23-19) was unable to muster any offense against Royals LHP Jordan Floyd in its first two hitters. RF Patrick Mathis singled with two away, and went to third on a single from DH Gilberto Celestino . 3B Brody Westmoreland stepped up for the Astros, and hit a grounder to third that was misplayed. The error allowed Mathis to score and gave the Astros the win.
Burlington (20-24) RHP Sal Biasi kept the Astros off the board over his five innings. Biasi scattered four hits and two walks, striking out three. Greeneville would strike for their first run in the sixth against Royals RHP Yerelmy Garcia . 1B Jose Benjamin was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. LF Frankeny Fernandez singled home Benjamin to put the Astros up 1-0.
Astros RHP Humberto Castellanos scattered five Royals hits over 5.1 innings, but much like Greeneville, Burlington took advantage of facing the bullpen. 1B Benji Cash drew a leadoff walk in the seventh, took second on an error, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. CF Michael Gigliotti lofted a sacrifice fly, and Cash touched home for the Royals' lone run.
Garcia threw a scoreless bottom of the seventh for the Royals, and Floyd put a zero on the board in the eighth before Greeneville's ninth-inning rally.
LF Reed Rohlman had two of the Royals' six hits in the loss.
The series continues on Monday at 7:00 p.m. when RHP Nathan Webb (3-3, 4.35) starts for Burlington against Greeneville RHP Leovanny Rodriguez (3-0, 1.80). The game can be heard at www.greenevilleastros.com.
Burlington will return home on Wednesday, August 9 to face the Pulaski Yankees at 7:00 p.m. It will be Reader Appreciation Night! Children who complete the Alamance County Public Libraries and B-Royals' Reading Program will be celebrated with an on-field parade before the game. The game is the start of a season-long seven-game homestand. The homestand will feature a Thirsty Thursday, a Fireworks Saturday, and a Dollar Monday! For tickets, call (336) 222-0223 or visit www.burlingtonroyals.com.
Greeneville 2, Burlington 1
WP: Ian Hardman (1-0)
LP: Jordan Floyd (0-2)
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