Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 8, 2012

Burlington slips past Blue Jays

BURLINGTON, N.C. — For the second time within a week the Bluefield Blue Jays lost a ninth inning lead and the game. It happened Wednesday night at Bowen Field and it occurred again, Saturday night at Burlington Athletic Park. The homestanding Royals scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to take a 3-2 victory over the Jays.

Things started out well for Bluefield as Roberto Osuna and Jeremy Gabryszwski combined to shut out Burlington for the first six innings.

Bluefield took a 1-0 lead in the fifth. Christian Lopes doubled and went to third on Chris Peters’ sac bunt. Lopes trotted home on Matthew Dean’s double to right.

The Jays tacked another digit on the board in the top of the sixth when Santiago Nessy slammed a two-out home run to center.

Burlington lit up the scoreboard in its half of the seventh when Kenny Diekroeger hit a solo home run to center to tie the game at one apiece.

Bluefield maintained its one-run lead until two were out in the bottom of the ninth.

With a runner onboard as the result of an error, the Royals picked up an infield single and then a walk to load the bases. A wild pitch by Colby Broussard allowed Patrick Leonard to cross the plate with the tying run. Another walk reloaded the bases and then Jose Rodriguez lined a single to left that scored Fred Ford with the winning run.

Lopes had a pair of hits to lead Bluefield, who managed only six hits in the contest. Nessy’s home run was his second of the season.

Broussard suffred the defeat, he was the fourth of four Bluefield pitchers. Osuna started and was relieved by Gabryszwski. Shane Davis pitched one-third of an inning and was credited with a hold.

Julio Morales pitched the final three innings for Burlington and picked up the win. Daniel Hernandez started for Burlington.

The Royals managed only five hits off Bluefield pitchers, two of those went to Ford, including the game winner.

Game time temperature in Burlington was 99 degrees.

The two teams meet this evening in game two of the three game series.

At Burlington Athletic Park

Bluefield......................000  011  000  —  2  6  2

Burlington...................000  000  102  —  3  5  2

Osuna, Gabryszwski (4), Davis (7), Broussard (8) and Nessy; Hernandez, Morales (7) and Maggi.

W—Morales, L—Broussard

HR-Nessy (2), Diekroeger (5)

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