Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 23, 2010

Bluefield pitchers handcuff Mets

KINGSPORT, Tenn. — Three Bluefield pitchers combined to allow just three hits, and Brenden Webb had three hits of his own, including a pair of triples, leading the Bluefield Orioles to a 2-1 Appalachian League victory over the Kingsport Mets on Thursday night at Hunter Wright Stadium.

Bluefield (9-21), which snapped its fourth four-game losing streak of the season, will host Princeton tonight in the continuation of the Mercer Cup series at Bowen Field. The Orioles lead the series two games to one.

Jacob Petitt allowed just three hits, one run and struck out three over six innings to improve to 2-2. Andrew Deain worked two innings, striking out two, while Andrew Huebner recorded his first save, fanning one in the ninth inning.

Bluefield pitchers combined to strike out six and walk none.

The offense was just enough on this night, led by Webb, who put Bluefield up 1-0 in the first inning, following a Luis Ramirez single with a triple to left field. A second run crossed the plate in the fifth when Moises Ciriaco singled, stole second and scored on a single to right by Ramirez.

Kingsport pulled within 2-1 in the fifth when Javier Rodriguez doubled off Petitt. He scored on a sacrifice fly by Eddie Lora.

Ramirez had two hits, while Corey Thomas added one for the Orioles. Kingsport also received a single from Chase Greene.

Both teams have struggled to win at home this season. The Orioles return to Bowen Field tonight, having compiled a 2-12 mark there, while the Mets (13-17) dropped to 3-9 in Kingsport.

at Hunter Wright Stadium

Bluefield.............100  010  000  —  2  7  2

Kingsport............000  010  000  —  1 3  1

Jacob Petitt, Andy Deain (7), Andrew Huebner (9) and Michael Ohlman. Michael Hebert, Steve Winnick (7) and Albert Cordero. W—Petitt (2-2); L—Hebert (2-3); S—Huebner (1). HR.—none. Att—685.

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