GREENEVILLE, TN - The Greeneville Reds (6-10) comeback attempt fell short Thursday night, as the Bristol Pirates (8-8) took the opener at Pioneer Park 8-7. 4,164 fans came out to Pioneer Park to celebrate Independence Day, setting a new Pioneer Park record. Carlos Reina struck out looking in the bottom of the ninth inning with the tying run on second to end the game.
After LHP Jose Salvador (L, 0-3) retired the first two batters in the game, three straight Bristol singles led to a pair of runs. Eli Wilson and Aaron Shackleford both singled, and moved up 90-feet on Carlos Reina's passed ball. Brendt Citta's two-run single started the scoring.
Francisco Acuna scored on wild pitch in the second to put Bristol up 3-0. Later in the inning, Joshua Bissonette and Wilson hit back-to-back two-out RBI-singles off Salvador.
Allan Cerda led off the fourth with a solo home run to left field off RHP Dante Mendoza to put Greeneville on the board. Cristian Olivo followed with a double, and scored on Garrett Wolforth's RBI-single. Reina scored on a wild pitch to cut the deficit to 5-3.
Acuna hit a two-out, two-run home run to left field off RHP Raul Wallace in the fifth to put Bristol back up 7-3. Greeneville scored two in the bottom half. Tyler Callihan singled to lead-off the inning, and scored on Cerda's RBI-double. Cerda moved to third on a ground out, and scored on Wolforth's RBI-single.
Shackleford doubled with one out in the seventh, moved to third on a wild pitch, and scored on Errny Ordonez's RBI sacri- fice bunt. Ivan Johnson led off the seventh with a single, and scored on Callihan's two-run home run to right field off Yordi Rosario.
Callihan led off the ninth inning with a single, representing the tying run. He would get to second with two-outs, but RHP Bear Bellomy (S, 1) struck Reina out looking to end the game.
RHP Enrique Santana (W, 2-0) earned the win in relief. He allowed two runs on four hits in two innings with three strikeouts. Salvador took the loss, he allowed five runs (four earned) on eight hits and a walk in four innings. Bellomy pitched two score- less innings, allowing a hit and striking out three, to earn the save.
The Reds and Pirates continue their series Friday night at Pioneer Park. First pitch between RHP Orlando Noriega (1-0, 3.77) and RHP Adrian Florencio (1-1, 6.30) is scheduled for 6:30.
Kids who purchase a $10 campout ticket will be able to stay overnight at Pioneer Park.
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.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.