PRINCETON, WV - The Greeneville Reds (14-17) won their third straight game Saturday night, defeating the Princeton Rays (15-16) 9-2 at Hunnicutt Field. Seven of Greeneville's ten hits went for extra bases.
Ivan Johnson drew a lead off walk in the first, and moved to second on a ground out. He scored the games first run on A.J. Bumpass' RBI-double. Tyler Callihan's two-run home run to right center field off RHP Matthew Peguero (L, 3-1) extended the Reds lead to 3-0.
Diego Infante's solo home run to left center field in the bottom of the first off LHP Jose Salvador (W, 2-3) put the Rays on the board.
After Peguero retired the first two in the fourth, Cristian Olivo extended the inning with an infield single. Peguero then hit Raul Juarez, and Peterson Plaz followed with an infield single to load the bases. Five pitches later, Johnson unloaded the bass with a three run triple down the right field line.
Bumpass hit a one-out double in the seventh, his third of the game, and scored on Garrett Wolforth's RBI-double. Wolforth moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Callihan's RBI ground out.
Princeton rounded out the scoring in the ninth. Kevin Melendez led off the inning with an infield single to third, and moved to second on Juarez's throwing error. Melendez scored on Nick Schnell's RBI-single.
Salvador allowed five hits and walked one over five innings for his second win. He also allowed a run and struck out a season-high seven. RHP Jake Gilbert (S, 1) struck out five and allowed a run on four hits in four innings for the save.
The Reds have two chances to win the series in Princeton. RHP Orlando Noriega (2-2, 4.73) will start for Greeneville at Hunnicutt Field Sunday evening with first pitch at 5 PM. The Rays will counter with RHP Jayden Murray (0-1, 3.00).
ABOUT THE GREENEVILLE REDS
The Greeneville Reds are the Rookie affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds and a member of the ten-team Appalachian League. The Reds play at Pioneer Park on the campus of Tusculum University. To learn more about the Greeneville Reds, call 423- 609-7400 or visit www.greenevillereds.com.
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