Princeton pitchers limited the Greeneville Astros to three hits Friday night, but the visitors from Tennessee managed to push across two runs and gain a 2-1 win over the Rays in the finale of the three-game series at Hunnicutt Field.
Rays’ starting pitcher German Marquez pitched five innings of one-hit ball, Stepan Havlicek worked three innings and gave up one hit, and Oscar Armenta allowed one hit in his one inning on the mound. Greeneville scored its two runs in the fourth inning and Brett Phillips had two of the Astros’ three hits.
Princeton’s lone run came on a solo home run by Elias Torres with one out in the sixth inning off Austin Chrismon. Spencer Edwards and Armando Araiza had a pair of hits each for the Rays. Princeton was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position in the contest.
The start of the game was delayed 23 minutes due to rain that fell at the ballpark earlier in the afternoon. However, once play began, it continued and was not halted due to weather conditions.
Sebastian Kessay started for Greeneville and pitched four innings and allowed three hits. Chrismon worked two innings and gave up three hits. Tyler Brunnemann worked one inning of no-hit ball and J.D. Osborne closed the game for the Astros who took two-out-of three games against Princeton.
Chrismon picked up the win in relief and Osborne got his league-leading sixth save. Marquez was dealt the loss.
Princeton takes to the road for a four-game series in Danville that begins with a doubleheader this afternoon.
At Hunnicutt Field
Greeneville.................................000 200 000 — 2 3 0
Princeton....................................000 001 000 — 1 7 1
W-Chrismon (1-0), L-Marquez (1-2), S-Osborne (6)
HR: PCN-Torres (1)