Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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August 7, 2012

Double trouble: Bristol blisters Blue Jays twice

BLUEFIELD — Rainy days and Mondays added up to problems for the Bluefield Blue Jays at Bowen Field.

After getting rained out on Sunday, the Bristol White Sox pinned a pair of seven-inning losses on Bluefield, taking the doubleheader 6-2 and 9-1.

In the first game, the Blue Jays were held without a hit until the bottom of the sixth by Bristol’s Todd Kirby, who pitched the entire game.

Jorge Vega-Rosado broke up the no-hit bid with a single, the first of three in the inning. Dickie Joe Thon’s single brought Dennis Jones home for Bluefield’s first run, and Vega-Rosado scored on Dwight Smith’s groundout.

For Bristol, Juan Ramirez hit a two-run triple in the third to break a scoreless tie. The center-fielder was 2 for 3 at bat.

Bluefield starter Kevin Comer took the loss, pitching 4 2/3 innings and allowing just two hits and two walks. He struck out three and gave up three runs, one of them earned.

Shane Davis relieved Comer and gave up five hits and the other three runs. The Blue Jays were bedeviled by three errors.

In the nightcap, the White Sox banged out 10 hits and never trailed. They struck first on the scoreboard with a solo home run by Alex Williams in the second. They added five runs in the fifth with the help of five singles and two walks off relief pitcher Colby Broussard.

The visitors got their final three runs in the sixth, with Kale Kiser’s 12th double of the year — and second of the game — bringing two men home. Kiser was 3 for 4 at the plate.

Bluefield (19-23) avoided the shutout in the final inning, when pinch-hitter Eric Arce hit his fifth home run, a solo shot over right field. It was the Blue Jays’ third and last hit of the game.

Justin James started for Bluefield and took his first loss of the year. In four innings he allowed three hits and one run, striking out five batters.

The first of three Bristol (12-28) relievers, Storm Throne, was awarded the win after coming into the game in the fourth. He allowed one hit and struck out three in two innings on the mound.

The Mercer Cup Series resumes today for its final three days with the Blue Jays playing the Princeton Rays at Hunnicutt Field.

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