Jays on verge of claiming Mercer Cup
August 1, 2017 - tonton
BLUEFIELD — The Bluefield Blue Jays’ Cup isn’t using over only yet. But it’s roughly reached a brim.
Bluefield changed one diversion divided from clinching a Mercer Cup during home, defeating a Princeton Rays 7-2 during Bowen Field during Peters Park to take a 5-1 advantage in a 11-game series.
“It would be good to win it here,” pronounced Blue Jays manager Dennis Holmberg, whose pitchers harmlessly sparse a bulk of Princeton’s 7 hits while Bluefield scored all though one of a runs with dual outs.
“Tomorrow night’s diversion we wish there’s not a letdown. We’ve (Maximo) Castillo going tomorrow night. He’s one of a improved pitchers and we’ll see what happens,” Holmberg said.
Mutual southpaw starters Josh Fleming of Princeton and Randy Pondler of Bluefield late their particular batters in sequence until recently-rehabbed Antony Fuentes pennyless a coma on Fleming dual outs into a second with a stand-up double.
Reilly Johnson rapped into a throwing blunder by Princeton third baseman Kevin Santiago, scoring Fuentes. Johnson was thrown out during second by Rays catcher Ronaldo Hernandez perplexing to widen his gains to second, finale a rally.
Bluefield extended a lead to 3-0 on an RBI double from Chavez Young and an RBI singular by Yorman Rodriguez, bringing out a offshoot for Fleming (1-1) after Noda’s following single. A superb shifting locate in left core by Michael Smith attacked Ryan Grudzielanek of a bottom strike and finished a rally.
The P-Rays pennyless adult Pondler’s no-hitter dual outs into a fourth inning with uninterrupted singles from Ronaldo Hernandez and Devin Davis, though both runners were left stranded.
Princeton threatened to measure on Bluefield in a fifth after Justin Bridgman reached on an blunder and subsequently done it all a approach to third on Jose Tonton’s bloop singular over a conduct of initial baseman Francisco Rodriguez. Pondler picked off a thoughtless Tonton for a much-needed second out. Chavez Young put a glove on Santiago’s fly round to left core right during a warning track, throwing himself on a padded fence.
Pondler (2-1) collected a feat on 5 innings of work, distinguished out 4 and walking none. The Jays pitchers didn’t concede any walks until Mitch McKown gave adult dual in a eighth inning.
“Wow, we didn’t unequivocally comprehend that. But pitchers need to stay divided from walks,” pronounced Holmberg. “Pondler has been pitching good as of late. He got a small narrowing in his behind so we wanted to extent it to maybe one or dual reduction innings than he was means and means of pitching. So a bullpen took over and we got 4 innings out of a guys. That was good one diversion before a break. All a pitchers need to get some work in only to stay sharp.”
Bluefield combined 4 runs in a fifth inning off 6 hits, including doubles from Kevin Smith and Ryan Noda.
Fans got a shock in a sixth when a fastball got divided from Princeton reliever Juan Carlos Arias and glanced off a batting helmet of Rodriguez, who immediately fell to a belligerent holding his conduct with both hands. Rodriguez was eventually means to travel to a cave with assistance from Bluefield tutor Caleb Daniel.
“We only wish Yorman’s O.K. He substantially won’t be in a lineup tomorrow night,” pronounced Holmberg. “The alloy saw him in a trainer’s room and he was out on a bench. We consider a zero serious. Thank God for good helmets.”
Princeton eluded a shutout in a tip of a seventh, removing a leadoff solo home run from Devin Davis. The P-Rays combined a second run after Moises Gomez reached on an blunder by 6-10 left handed service pitcher Tyler Olander, got to second on a furious pitch, took third on a Bryce Brown singular and scored when Justin Bridgman strike into a force out.
Fuentes went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, Rodriguez went 2-for-3 and Ryan Noda went 2-for-4 with a double. Chavez Young and Kevin Smith both had doubles for a Blue Jays (26-12).
Devin Davis went 2-for-3 for a P-Rays (15-24) and Bryce Brown went 2-for-4.
Mercer Cup movement resumes tonight during Bowen Field. First representation is set for 7:05 p.m.
At Bowen Field during Peters Park
Princeton………..000 000 200 — 2 7 3
Bluefield………….012 040 00x — 7 11 2
Fleming, Thompson (3), Arias (5), Askew (7) and Hernandez. Pondler, Olander (6), McKown (8), Burgos (9) and Johnson. W— Pondler, 2-1. L— Fleming. 1-1. HR— Princeton, Davis (seventh, solo). 2B— Bluefield, Fuentess, Young, Smith, Noda, Rodriguez. PO— Tonton, (by Pondler). HBP— Rodriguez (by Arias). Att— 658.