The Bluefield Blue Jays picked up a pair of wins over the Burlington Royals, Wednesday night at Bowen Field. In the conclusion of a game suspended July 10 in Burlington after four innings, the Blue Jays went on to claim a 9-1 victory. In the regularly scheduled nightcap Bluefield scored a run in the bottom of the seventh to gain the win and move into first place in the Appalachian League East Division.
Up 1-0 when the game was suspended, the Jays exploded for six runs in the top of the sixth to put the game away. Bluefield added two in the eighth.
Doubles were the hit of choice for the Blue Jays as the team legged out five two-baggers and had 16 hits total. D.J. Davis and Tim Locastro were both four-for-five at the plate, Davis with two doubles and Locastro with one. Dawel Lugo and Garrett Custons also had doubles. Matt Dean had a pair of hits while Lugo knocked in two runs.
Bluefield pitchers allowed only three Burlington hits, all singles, in the game. Alberto Tirado took to the mound for Bluefield when the game resumed and pitched all five innings, allowing only one run on two hits. He struck out three. Tom Robson started the game in Burlington and pitched scoreless baseball and allowed one hit. Robson fanned four.
Matt Tenuta, who started the game last week for Burlington took the loss as he pitched the first four innings. Niklas Stephenson took to the bump Wednesday night and gave up six runs on eight hits in three innings and Ben Tomchick pitched the last two innings and gave up two runs on three hits.
There was a 48 minute delay due to rain moving through Bluefield.
The regularly scheduled game was a seven inning affair and Burlington took the lead in the first only to see Bluefield tie things in the bottom of the second. Burlington jumped back ahead in the third before the Blue Jays knotted it again in the bottom of the frame.
Mitch Nay was three-for-three to lead the Blue Jays at the plate.
Francisco Gracesqui, the third of three Bluefield pitchers on the night, picked up the win. Jairo Labourt started and worked three innings, followed by Yeyfry Del Rosario who pitched the next three.
Andrew Edwards, who entered the game in the seventh for Burlington, was tagged with the loss in his two-thirds of an inning’s work. He did not allow a hit and walked two.
Jonathan Davis had two hits for the Blue Jays, including a double.
The two teams meet again this evening in doubleheader action with the first game starting at 5 o’clock.
At Bowen Field
July 10 Game
Bluefield............................000 100 620 — 9 16 1
Burlington.........................000 000 100 — 1 3 0
W-Tirado (1-0), L-Tenuta (1-1)
Regularly scheduled game
Burlington..............................102 000 0 — 3 7 1
Bluefield..................................012 000 1 — 4 6 4
W-Gracesqi (2-0), L-Edwards (0-1)