Shane Baz and Yeudry Manzanillo Stifle Greeneville's Bats
One of the most dominant team pitching performances of the season led the Bristol Pirates to a 3-0 win against the Greeneville Reds on Saturday night to give them the series win.
The shutout was the team's fourth this season and their first since July 3 when Roger Santana, Will Kobos and Will Gardner combined to throw a seven-hit shutout against the Danville Braves. This is now the second time in three years the Pirates have thrown four shutouts, and the fifth time in the last 10 seasons Bristol has recorded four or more shutouts.
Shane Baz and Yeudry Manzanillo combined to allow only six hits and two walks just one night after the Reds scored 13 runs on 17 hits. Baz allowed three hits and one walks over five innings while striking out six. It was Baz's seventh start this season with five or more strikeouts, as he extended his scoreless streak to 7 2/3 innings. Manzanillo allowed three hits and one walk over four scoreless innings -- his first scoreless outing since June 23 -- while striking out a career-high seven batters en route to his first career save.
The bulk of the Pirates' offense in the win came from the bottom third of the order, as Chase Lambert, Zac Susi and Victor Ngoepe totaled six of the team's seven hits. Susi led the team with three hits, as he is now hitting 6-for-12 since going 0-for-3 in his Bristol debut on Monday. Lambert went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored, while Mason Martin recorded three walks in a game for the fourth time this season.
The Pirates (23-26) 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.
Oliver Garcia will get the start in Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader, as he comes off his first win of the season where he allowed four runs -- three earned -- over 5 1/3 innings against the Kingsport Mets on Sunday.
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