1. Astros take opener 6-5 over Braves
The Greeneville Astros (28-27) took a 6-5, series-opening victory over the Danville Braves
(26-30) on Thursday.
The two clubs battled through the first five innings posting a combined three six runs until
the Astros opened the game to their advantage with three runs in the top of the sixth Both
teams also posted eleven hits through the course of the matchup.
The Astros took a 2-0 lead in the top of the third inning beginning with a leadoff single by
Myles Straw to center field then stealing second with Daz Cameron batting. Cameron
followed by drawing a walk then advanced to second as Straw scored on a wild pitch with
Conner Goedert at the plate.
First-round draftee Kyle Tucker knocked a single to right to score Cameron, which was
followed by Kevin Martir drawing the second walk of the inning. Martir and Tucker would
advance to second and third, respectively after another wild pitch, this time with Justin
Right-hander Andrew Thome started the game for the Astros, throwing four full innings
allowing seven hits, three runs, walking one and striking out three.
The Braves answered with two runs in the home half of the inning with hits by Yeudi
Grullon, Justin Ellison, Austin Riley and Carlos Castro with runs scored by Ellison and Riley.
Danville took the lead in the bottom of the fourth with Grullon reaching on an error then
scoring on a double by Ronald Acuna to make the score 3-2.
Greeneville quickly answered to tie the score in the top of the fifth spurred by a walk drawn
by Cameron who advanced on a throwing error with Randy Cesar batting. Cesar drew a
walk by was victim to a succeeding double play. Tucker then lined a single to center to
score Cameron then stole his sixth stolen base since his call-up to Greeneville.
The Astros took the lead again in the top of the sixth beginning with Arturo Michelena and
Osvaldo Duarte drawing consecutive walks. Straw then reached first on an error during his
sacrifice bunt attempt to load the bases. Michelena scored the go-ahead run during a
groundout by Cameron to put Greeneville up by one run.
With two runners in scoring position, Cesar grounded out to score Duarte making the score
5-3 in the Astros favor. Geodert then knocked his eighteenth double of the season to right
to score Straw before the inning ended.
Left-hander Matt Bower picked up his second win of 2015 holding Danville over three
innings pitched, allowing just two hits and striking out five batters.
The Braves threatened in the bottom of the eighth with a solo home run by Juan Yepez. Jake
Lanning reached on an error one batter later then advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt
2. by Grullon. Acuna tripled to center to score Lanning before the inning ended with the score
6-5 in Greeneville’s advantage.
Cristhopher Santamaria pitched an inning in relief allowing two runs on two hits with a
strikeout tossed. Righty Samil De Los Santos earned his second save holding the Braves
hitless in the ninth with one strikeout.
Straw led the Astros offense with a 3-for-4 performance with two runs scored and a double.
Tucker and Justin Garica finished the night 2-for-5 with Garcia doubling twice. Martir
concluded the night 2-for-3 and drew two walks.
Cameron went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Cesar was 0-for-5, Michelena and
Duarte were each 0-for-3 with Cesar picking up his 25th RBI of the season while Michelena
and Duarte each scored one run. Goedert finished the night 1-for-5 with two RBIs, his 35th
and 36th of 2015.
The Astros take on the Braves in the second game of the series on Friday and Saturday then
return home to face the Elizabethton Mets on Sunday at 6 PM.