DANVILLE, Va. —
Four errors and another Danville hitting explosion led to the Bluefield Blue Jays taking an 11-2 loss to the Braves on an 84-degree Sunday afternoon at Dan Daniel Park.
Trent Miller singled in Richard Urena to give Bluefield a quick 1-0 lead. Urena, the first batter of the game, had reached base on Danville’s only error of the day.
The Braves (8-3) then banged out six hits and scored seven runs in the bottom of the first off Bluefield’s Jesus Tinoco. The hit parade included a three-run homer by catcher Wigberto Nevarez.
Danville used three hits, two Bluefield errors and a passed ball to put up their final three runs in the fifth inning.
Bluefield’s Rowdy Tellez singled home Anthony Alford in the eighth for the last run of the game.
Blue Jays relliever J.T. Autrey pitched two hitless innings, and Michael Kraft handled the eighth stanza, striking out two batters.
Tinoco (0-2), who was pulled after allowing six earned runs in the first inning, took the loss. In Bluefield’s season opener on June 19, Tinoco gave up eight hits and six runs in four innings.
Alec Grosser got his first Appy League pitching win, striking out seven Blue Jays while allowing three hits and two walks in six innings.
Danville racked up 13 hits for the second straight day. Five were doubles, including two each by Bryan De La Rosa and Sean Godfrey.
Bluefield (4-7) lost for the third time in four games, all in lopsided fashion.
The Blue Jays’ final regular-season game in Danville is scheduled for 7 p.m. tonight. Bluefield will host Princeton on Tuesday at Bowen Field, prior to an idle day on Wednesday.
At Dan Daniel Park
Bluefield............100 000 010 — 2 5 4
Danville.............700 130 00x — 11 13 1
Jesus Tinoco, Conor Fisk (2), J.T. Autrey (6), Michael Kraft (8) and Gabriel Cenas. Alec Grosser, Max Povse (7), Kyle Kinman (8), Caleb Dirks (9) and Wigberto Nevarez. WP - Grosser (1-0). LP - Tinoco (0-2). HR - Nevarez (1), 1st, 2 on. Att - 565.