Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

August 28, 2013

Blue Jays cling to first place despite loss to Greeneville

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. — Alfredo Gonzalez drove in Marc Wik with a one-out single in the eighth, and the Greeneville Astros slipped past the Bluefield Blue Jays in a key Appalachian League contest for both teams in front of 1,006 spectators on Tuesday night at Pioneer Park.

Bluefield was able to maintain its 1/2 game lead in the East Division after Pulaski lost on Tuesday against Kingsport.

The Blue Jays will vist those same Mets for a three-game series starting tonight to end the regular season.

Greeneville still leads Kingsport by 1/2 game in the West Division, with Johnson City and Elizabethton still with a chance at the second playoff spot in the West, trailing by 2 1/2 and 3 games.

Wik led the Astros with two hits, including a double, and two runs scored. Greeneville out-hit Bluefield 7-4, while both teams had two errors apiece.

Bluefield had just four hits, including two by Matt Dean and a double and run scored by Franklin Barreto. He scored in the fourth to put the Blue Jays up 1-0, scoring on an error by Greeneville on a ball hit by D.J. Davis.

Greeneville tied the score at 1-1in the bottom of the fourth when Wik singled and scored ona double by Juan Santana.

Brett Barber took the loss to drop to 2-2 on the season. Greeneville’s fifth pitcher, Jordan Mills, improved to 5-1.

at Pioneer Park

Bluefield..............................000  100  000   —  1  4  2

Greeneville..........................000  100  01x  —  2   7   2

Brady Dragmire, Francisco Gracesqui (6), Brett Barber (8) and Andres Sotillo. Francis Ramirez, Sebastian Kessay (5), Jose Montero (7), Jordan Mills (8) and Alfredo Gonzalez. W—Mills (5-1); L—Barber (2-2). HR—none. Att.—1,006�