Pirates Can't Hold off Greeneville
Bullpen woes cost the Bristol Pirates on Friday night, as they dropped the second game of the series 13-9 to the Greeneville Reds.
The Pirates took a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly from Dylan Busby, but a one- out double by Reds second baseman Claudio Finol tied the game in the top of the ninth inning as the game ended up going into extra innings. After Greeneville scored twice in the top of the 10th, Bristol tied the game again at 8-8 following RBI singles from Chase Lambert and Busby. Austin Shields came on to start the 11th inning for the Pirates and proceeded to allow five runs -- two earned -- on five hits while striking out two. Mikell Granberry led off the bottom half of the inning with an RBI single to score Zac Susi from second base, but after a walk by Christian Navarro, the next three Bristol batters were retired in order, including back-to- back strikeouts to end the game.
Of the 14 hits the Pirates recorded in the loss, none of them were for extra-bases. Granberry led the team with a 3-for-6 performance with one run scored and one RBI. Busby led the team with three RBI while Navarro was second on the team with two RBI.
Steven Jennings did not factor into the decision after allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings. It was Jennings' second start in a row with six innings pitched, and it was the third time in his last four starts he reached that mark. Luis Nova made his Pirates debut in the loss, allowing only one hit while striking out four over two innings. He was in line for earning the win when he was replaced by John O'Reilly, who recorded his second blown save of the season after allowing three runs -- two earned -- over two innings.
The Pirates (22-26) will go for the series win against Greeneville on Saturday night. Shane Baz will get the start, as he currently leads the team with 48 strikeouts -- the fifth-most in the Appalachian League.
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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