DANVILLE, Va. —
It was a tough opening night for the Princeton Rays.
Victor Caratini had four hits including two doubles and a triple, to lead a 12-hit attack, and the Danville Braves handcuffed the Rays 9-1 on Thursday night in front of 1,432 spectators at Dan Daniel Memorial Park.
Kyle Wren, the son of Atlanta Braves’ general manager Frank Wren, added three hits and scored two runs. Caratini crossed the plate three times, while Jacob Schrader and Alejandro Piloto each drove in two runs.
Danville (1-0) was also stellar on the mound, with four hurlers combining to allow just five hits and two walks. Andry Ubiera (1-0) picked up the win, allowing two hits and one run in five innings on the mound.
Jorge Rodriguez (0-1) took the loss for the Rays, surrendering seven hits and four runs, while striking out five in four innings of work.
Princeton (0-1) was led at the plate by Travis Flores, who had two hits, including a solo home run to account for the Rays’ lone run in the fifth.
The Braves wasted no time jumping Rodriguez, with Wren leading off the bottom of the first with a single, and the eighth round pick moved to third on a fielding error by center fielder Bralin Jackson. Johan Camargo followed with a double before being thrown out at third trying for the triple.
Caratini followed with a triple and scored on an infield grounder from Schrader for the 2-0 lead.
The advantage grew to 3-0 in the third when Wren singled, stole second and scored on a double by Caratini. A fourth run crossed in the fourth when Bryan De La Rosa singled with two outs and scored on a double from Seth Moranda.
Andry Ubiera (1-0) allowed Princeton just two walks over the first four innings.
Princeton got its first hit and run of the season on a solo home run leading off the fifth by Travis Flores. Douglas Duran added a two-out single, but was stranded there.
Ubiera worked five innings to pick up the win, striking out three and walking two. Jean Carlos Gil, Matt Kimbrel and Ernesto Silva worked the final frames, allowing just three hits.
Danville greeted Princeton reliever Geisel De La Cruz with three runs in the fifth. Camargo walked, moved up on a single by Caratini and a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by Schrader. Connor Lein followed with a run-scoring double, moved to third on another wild pitch and crossed the plate following an infield out by Piloto.
Ubiera was replaced in the sixth by Gil, with Matt Kimbrel entering in the seventh. Kimbrel is the younger brother of Atlanta Braves closer Craig Kimbrel. Silva worked the top of the ninth for the Braves.
Danville added two more in the seventh. Caratini doubled, moved up a base on a hit by Schrader and scored on another wild pitch by De La Cruz. Schrader later scored on a sacrifice fly from Piloto. Hunter Wood worked the eighth for the Rays.
Yoel Araujo added a single in the sixth for the Rays. Flores and Leopoldo Correa each had singles in the ninth for Princeton.
Danville is managed by Jonathan Schuerholz, who is the son of the Atlanta Braves president John Schuerholz.
Princeton will face the Braves again tonight at 7 p.m. The P-Rays, who are led by first year manager Danny Sheaffer, open their home season on Sunday against the Burlington Royals.
at Dan Daniel Park
Princeton.................000 010 000 — 1 5 3
Danville...................201 130 20x — 9 12 0
Jorge Rodriguez, Geisel De La Cruz (5), Hunter Wood (8) and Jesus Araiza. Andry Ubiera, Jean Carlos Gil (6), Matt Kimbrel (7), Ernesto Silva (9) and Bryan De La Rosa. W—Ubiera (1-0); L—Rodriguez (0-1). HR—Torres (1). Att—1,423.