JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. —
Manny Sanchez and Hector Montes hit home runs and a trio of Princeton pitchers held the Johnson City Cardinals to one run and six hits as the Rays beat the Cardinals 7-1, Thursday night at Howard Johnson Park.
Brent Honeywell, Tampa Bay’s second round pick in the recent draft, made his professional debut and pitched two innings of one hit, shutout ball. He walked one and struck out two.
The Rays had a huge second inning, scoring five runs thanks to two home runs, a two run shot by Sanchez, his second of the year, and a three-run blast by Montes, his third of the season. Princeton added two more runs in the sixth.
Johnson City scored its only run and got three of its hits in the ninth inning.
Princeton got back on the winning track after losing Tuesday night in Bluefield. The Rays have won five of their last six games.
Roel Ramirez got the win for Princeton, pitching five innings, allowing two hits and striking out three. Steve Ascher worked the final two for the Rays and gave up one run on three hits and fanned three.
Riley Unroe led the hitting attack with three hits including a triple, while Montes and Angel Moreno each had a pair of hits.
Steve Farinaro, Johnson City’s starter, took the loss.
The two teams continue their series tonight with the first pitch at 7:00.
At Howard Johnson Field
Princeton..........................050 002 000 — 7 11 2
Johnson City......................000 000 001 — 1 6 4
Honeywell, Ramirez (3), Ascher (8) and Ciuffo; Farinaro, Escudero (2), Carlow (5), Silva (6), Gerdel (6), Villegas (8), Brito (9) and Goday.
W-Ramirez (2-0), L-Farinaro (1-2)
HR: Pri - Sanchez (2), Montes (3). Att. - 698