BLUEFIELD, W.Va. – The Bluefield Blue Jays defeated the Greeneville Reds 4-0 Friday night at Bowen Field.
Greeneville finished with just three hits, matching a season low. Tyler Callihan was 2-for-3 with a triple, and Danielito Remy collected the Reds’ other hit and walked.
Ryan Sloniger’s seventh home run of the year, a solo shot leading off the second inning off Greeneville starter Graham Ashcraft (2-3) started the scoring.
In the third, Leonardo Jimenez hit a two-out, two-run single off Ashcraft to extend the Blue Jays’ lead to 3-0. Eric Rivera singled into right field with one out in the fourth. Rivera scored on the play as the ball was misplayed by Danny Lantigua.
Bluefield right-hander Roither Hernandez (3-4) struck out nine over six scoreless innings to earn the win. Hernandez allowed three hits and walked one.
Bluefield right-hander Julian Valdez and left-hander Kyle Huckaby combined for three perfect innings of relief.
Ashcraft allowed three runs (one earned) on five hits in three innings for his third loss.
Greeneville right-hander Tanner Cooper struck out one and allowed an unearned run on three hits in two innings of relief. Righty Alberto Gonzalez struck out one over two scoreless innings, and lefty Jose Zorrilla struck out two in a scoreless eighth.
The Reds (21-33) and Blue Jays (27-28) will play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Bowen Field. Right-hander Spencer Stockton (1-0, 4.50 earned run average) will start for Greeneville against left-hander Naswell Paulino (1-1, 3.98).