Bluefield Daily Telegraph
DANVILLE, Va. —
Luis Merejo, one of the top prospects in the Atlanta minor-league system, pitched effectively for the Danville Braves and two relievers shut the door on the Princeton Rays in a 4-0 decision on Sunday afternoon at Legion Field.
The Rays have now lost five straight games and nine of their past 10.
Merejo, a 19-year-old ranked No. 19 among Braves prospects earlier this year by MLB.com, struck out six P-Rays, walked two, and allowed two singles and two doubles before being lifted after pitching 4 2/3 innings in his second Appalachian League game.
Jared Dettman allowed two hits in the next 3 1/3 innings to pick up the win and Michael Swanner turned in a hitless ninth inning for Danville.
Princeton collected six hits and two walks but could not get any runners home. Elias Torres was 2 for 3 for the Rays. He and David Garcia notched doubles, Princeton’s only extra-base hits.
Rays reliever Hunter Wood gave up one hit in two innings and Edgar Gomez handled the eighth inning, which ended with a double play on a strikeout and a pickoff by catcher Jesus Araiza of Bryan De La Rosa trying to steal second base.
The Braves took a 1-0 lead in the third when Anthony Nuñez was hit by a pitch and came home on a throwing error. The final scores came in the fifth, on RBI doubles by Connor Lien and Victor Caratini. That was the last inning for Princeton starter Jorge Rodriguez (0-3).
Princeton winds up its last trip of the year to Danville this evening, with the first pitch set for 7 p.m. After Tuesday’s league off-day, the Rays will play a three-game set in Greeneville, Tenn., starting on Wednesday evening. Princeton returns home on Saturday.
At Legion Field
Princeton.....000 000 000 — 0 6 2
Danville.......001 030 00x — 4 8 0
Rodriguez, Wood (6), Gomez (8) and Araiza. Merejo, Dettman (5), Swanner (9) and Nuñez. WP - Dettman. LP - Rodriguez. HR - none. Att - 658.