Rays use long ball to blast past Braves, 5-4

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The Bluefield Blue Jays had their game with Johnson City postponed due to rain, which meant the Princeton Rays were the only show in town in Friday night.

The first inning went quickly, as both pitchers settled into a rhythm. In the second inning, Danville struck first.

Mitch Calandra singled into right field, allowing Willie Carter to score the game’s first run. A few batters later, Charles Reyes would drive in another run, giving the Braves a 2-0 advantage.

Princeton responded in a big way in the bottom half of the inning. Angelo Armenta powered a grand slam over the right field wall to put the Rays in front, 4-2. The very next batter, Brett Wisely, crushed a solo home run to nearly the same spot, extending the lead to 5-2.

The Braves scored two more in the fifth inning, but the home team held on to win, 5-4.

Aldor Rodriguez impressed in four innings of work, striking out five batters while allowing just the two runs.

The two teams will play the final game of the series on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Nick Dugan

Nick Dugan

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