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Roundup: Pirates spoil Reds’ Appy League opener

Associated Press • Jun 20, 2018 at 1:04 AM

GREENEVILLE — Greeneville’s debut as the Appalachian League affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds didn’t go so well.

Jeremias Portorreal scored on a wild pitch in the second inning at Pioneer Park, and the Bristol Pirates went on to take a 10-2 win over the Reds during Tuesday’s league-wide opener.

The play started the scoring in a four-run inning and gave the Pirates a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning, Mason Martin drew a bases-loaded walk and Victor Ngoepe and Yondry Contreras scored on a wild pitch.

After Bristol added a run in the top of the fifth when Mikell Granberry scored on an error, the Reds cut into the deficit in the bottom half when Nathaniel Scantlin hit a two-run single.

The Pirates later added two runs in the sixth and three in the ninth to punctuate the blowout.

Contreras doubled and singled, scoring three runs for Bristol.

Vince Deyzel (1-0) got the win with 2 2/3 innings of scoreless, three-hit relief. Greeneville starter Jacob Heatherly (0-1) took the loss.

Juan Martinez doubled and singled for the Reds. Scantlin doubled and singled twice, driving in two runs.

Elizabethton 6, Burlington 1

ELIZABETHON — Andrew Cosgrove scored on a groundout in the fifth inning, leading the Twins over the Royals at Joe O’Brien Park.

The groundout capped a two-run inning and gave Elizabethton a 2-1 lead after Lean Marrero hit an RBI double earlier in the inning.

The Twins later added two runs in both the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Ariel Montesino and Chris Williams both drove in a run, and Cosgrove hit a two-run home run in the eighth.

Cosgrove homered and singled, scoring a pair of runs while also driving home a couple for Elizabethton.

Elizabethton right-hander Pedro Garcia (1-0) picked up the win after allowing one run on just two hits over five innings. Opposing starter Charlie Neuweiler (0-1) took the tough loss in the Appalachian League game after giving up two runs and four hits over five innings.

Bluefield 8, Johnson City 7

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — D.J. Daniels hit a walk-off single with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Blue Jays over the Cardinals at Bowen Field.

Dominic Abbadessa scored the winning run after entering the game as a pinch runner.

Earlier in the inning, John Aiello singled, scoring Luis De Los Santos to tie it at 7.

The Blue Jays scored one run in the eighth before Johnson City answered in the next half-inning when Dariel Gomez hit an RBI single, bringing home Jonatan Machado for a 7-6 lead.

Sean Rackoski (1-0) got the win in relief. David Oca (0-1) took the loss.

For the Cardinals, Leandro Cedeno homered and singled twice. Machado doubled and singled twice, scoring two runs.

Pulaski 4, Danville 1

DANVILLE, Va. — Robert Javier had four hits to lead the Yankees to the win over the Braves at Calfee Park.

Pulaski got on the board first with a run in the fourth inning. After hitting a double, Everson Pereira scored on an error.

Danville answered in the bottom of the frame when Hagen Owenby scored on a groundout to tie it.

The Yankees took the lead for good in the fifth when Javier hit an RBI double that drove in Juan De Leon.

Luis Rijo (1-0) got the win with five innings of scoreless, seven-hit relief. Danville starter Dilmer Mejia (0-1) took the loss.

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