There was nothing minor about Daniel Minor on Friday evening in Princeton.
The Greeneville Astros pitcher allowed one hit and one walk in seven innings, striking out 11 Princeton batters, to record his first Appalachian League win and pace the Astros’ 5-0 victory.
A ninth-round draft choice of the Astros in June, Minor had an 0-2 professional record and an ERA of 3.92 coming into the game.
Tanner Bushue pitched the final two innings to complete the one-hitter. The Rays’ only hit was Andrew Toles’ two-out triple in the first inning, followed by Willie Argo getting the only base on balls Minor allowed.
Kevin Brandt took the pitching loss for Princeton (27-23) though he gave up only one earned run in five innings and struck out four batters.
Reliever Chris Kirsch was touched for the other four runs, all earned, in 2 1/3 innings.
Greeneville’s Jose Monzon was 3 for 4 at bat. He got the game’s first two runs, in the fifth and seventh innings. Jose Fernandez was 2 for 3 and scored when Ricky Gingras homered in the Astros’ three-run eighth.
The Rays host Greeneville (27-24) today at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. prior to a day off on Monday. Both teams are half a game back of second place in the race for Appy League playoff berths.
At Hunnicutt Field
Greeneville.........000 010 130 — 5 13 2
Princeton............000 000 000 — 0 1 0
Daniel Minor, Tanner Bushue (8) and Ricky Gingras. Kevin Brandt, Chris Kirsch (6), Hugo Duarte (8), Joan Guerrero (9) and Oscar Hernandez. WP - Minor (1-2). LP - Brandt (2-2). Time - 2:28. Att - 688.