Arms Lifts Pirates
Solid pitching helped lead the Bristol Pirates to a 4-2 win on Thursday night in their series opener with the Greeneville Reds.
Colin Selby had eight strikeouts for the second start in a row, as he allowed two runs on six hits and two walks over four innings. Selby had cruised through his first three innings before he allowed three doubles in the top of the fourth inning to give the Reds a 2-0 advantage. Selby then threw back-to-back strikeouts to get out of the inning without any more damage.
After allowing 12 runs over his last three appearances, including seven in his last outing, Will Kobos threw two shutout innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out three to earn his first career win. Kobos wasn't the only Pirates pitcher to record a career-first, as Allen Montgomery earned his first career save by throwing a perfect ninth inning to close out the game. Joe Jacques also had a good outing for Bristol, as he allowed one walk while striking out three over two scoreless innings. Jacques has now allowed only one unearned run over his last 6 1/3 innings, and only five runs -- four earned -- over his last eight appearances.
The Pirates scored their first run of the night on a bases-loaded walk by Brendt Citta in the fourth inning, but did not get their first hit until the fifth inning when Gabriel Brito led off the inning with a single to left field. Brito's hit seemed to give the Pirates the momentum, as they took the lead on a sacrifice fly from Chase Lambert later that inning and extended their lead to 4-2 the next inning on an RBI double from Dean Lockery.
The Pirates (22-25) will send Steven Jennings to the mound on Friday night for the Game 2 of the series with Greeneville. Jennings had seven strikeouts over six innings in his last start against Kingsport.
Following the conclusion of the series against Greeneville, Bristol will go on the road for their next eight games against Johnson City and Burlington beginning on Sunday. The Pirates will play a doubleheader on Sunday at Johnson City as they make up their rained out game from Wednesday, and they will resume their suspended game against Burlington from July 20 on Thursday, in which they are trailing 10-8 in the top of the 10th inning.
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