GREENEVILLE, TENN.- The Burlington Royals and Greeneville Astros split a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Pioneer Park in Greeneville. The Astros won a back-and-forth affair in game one by a 6-5 final, then Burlington responded for a 3-1 win in the nightcap.
Burlington (21-25 at night's end) raced out to a fast start with a three-run first inning. LF Cal Jones hit a one-out double, and quickly scored on another double from DH Reed Rohlman . Rohlman scored on an RBI single from 1B Dennicher Carrasco to extend the lead to 2-0. The inning's final run scored when SS Jeison Guzman legged out a triple, plating Carrasco.
Greeneville (24-20 at night's end) trimmed into the lead against Burlington RHP Nathan Webb in the fourth. RF Patrick Mathis drew a leadoff walk, and moved up to second on a single from 3B Brody Westmoreland . The duo executed a double steal to put two in scoring position, and both came across on a two-RBI single by C Ruben Castro .
The Astros took the lead in the fifth. DH Gilberto Celestino hit a one-out single, and stole second. Mathis was hit by a pitch to put two aboard, and Westmoreland walked to load the bases. 1B Reid Russell laced a two-RBI double, scoring Celestino and Mathis, and putting Greeneville up 4-3.
That lead would be short-lived. 2B Jose Marquez reached on an error to begin the top of the sixth for Burlington, and 3B Oliver Nunez followed him with a walk. CF Michael Gigliotti dropped down a bunt single to load the bases, and a walk to Jones that scored Marquez tied the game. RF Seuly Matias hit a sacrifice fly to put Burlington ahead, plating Nunez and making the score 5-4.
Celestino played the hero role for Greeneville in the bottom of the sixth. CF Wilson Amador led off the frame with a single, stole second and took third on a balk. With one out and Amador at third, Celestino launched his fourth homer of the year and put the Astros back ahead 6-5.
Burlington was held off the board in the seventh, and the Astros earned the win.
Jones, Rohlman, and Guzman had two hits apiece in the win, as Burlington pounded out 12 hits to Greeneville's nine.
Royals RHP Connor Mayes set the tone in a pitcher's duel. The former University of Texas Longhorn scattered just four hits over his five innings of work, did not walk a batter, and struck out six.
The Burlington offense helped him out with a run in the top of the second. SS Jeison Guzman drew a two-out walk, and moved up on a single from C Jesus Atencio . An error on the play allowed Guzman to motor from first to home and score.
The Royals added another run in the sixth. LF Cal Jones hit a leadoff single, and RF Seuly Matias walked to put two aboard. 3B Dennicher Carrasco followed with a walk of his own, and the bases were loaded. 2B Oliver Nunez hit into a force out that retired Jones and kept the bases loaded, allowing Atencio draw a bases-loaded walk. The walk plated Matias, and the Royals led 2-0.
LHP Felix Familia entered for the home half of the sixth for the Royals. He allowed a leadoff single to SS Cody Bohanek , and walked 1B Reid Russell. With two out, C Martin Figueroa hit an RBI single to score Bohanek to trim the lead to 2-1.
Burlington answered right back in the top of the seventh. CF Michael Gigliotti hit a one-out bunt single, and advanced to third on an error. Gigliotti scored soon after on an RBI groundout by Jones.
RHP Tyler Zuber retired the Astros 1-2-3 in the seventh to preserve the win.
Atencio had two of the Royals' four hits in the game.
The Royals will return home to face the Pulaski Yankees in the opener of a three-game series on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Coverage with Matt Krause begins at 6:45 p.m. on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network, at www.burlingtonroyals.com and on the TuneIn app (search "Burlington Royals").
At the ballpark, it will be Reader Appreciation Night! Children who complete the Alamance County Public Libraries and the B-Royals' Summer Reading Program will be celebrated with an on-field parade before the game! For tickets, call (336) 222-0223 or visit www.burlingtonroyals.com.
The game is the start of a loaded seven-game homestand. Thirsty Thursday, Faith and Family Night on Friday, Fireworks Saturday, Princess Night on Kids Club Sunday, Dollar Monday, and more are on tap for the week! Read all about the week ahead.
Greeneville 6, Burlington 5 (Game One- 7 innings)
WP: Willy Collado (2-1)
LP: Luis Alcantara (0-4)
HR: GRN- Gilberto Celestino (4)
Burlington 3, Greeneville 1 (Game Two- 7 innings)
WP: Connor Mayes (4-0)
LP: Adam Bleday (1-1)
SV: Tyler Zuber (5)
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