After scoring five runs in the sixth inning of Saturday night’s contest against the Black Bears, the game appeared won as the Doubledays brought in one of their hottest relievers in Jhonatan German to protect their 6-4 lead going into the eighth inning.
But on Jurassic Park Night at Monongalia County Ballpark, West Virginia unfortunately roared back.
The Black Bears (10-12) put up a three-spot to stave off extinction, putting away the Doubledays’ (12-9) best efforts to stay hot and beat Auburn, 7-6.
Auburn drew blood with a single run in the second inning but struggled to rediscover that momentum afterward. The Doubledays ended the inning with back-to-back strikeouts following Pablo O’Connor’s RBI groundout, and only managed to get one runner on base the next three innings.
Osvaldo Bido was on fire for the Black Bears, going five strong innings with eight Auburn strikeouts on the night. With a season ERA of 7.52 heading into West Virginia’s contest with the Doubledays, Bido did not look like the same pitcher who gave up six earned runs to Auburn just two starts earlier.
On the mound making his second start for the Doubledays was Carson Teel. The Nationals’ 16th-round draft pick this year started off hot but allowed two runs in the third inning to give the Black Bears their first lead of the evening. Nector Ramirez, coming in for relief, gave up a run in the fourth.
But the game quickly turned in favor when Bido was replaced by Cody Smith. Smith hit his first batter of the inning and then allowed a triple to Adalberto Carrillo to cut the Black Bears’ lead to 3-2. Jamori Blash followed Carrillo with an RBI double, and Pineda – who ended his night going 3-for-4 with an RBI – brought Blash in with a double of his own.
Jamori Blash collects two doubles and an RBI as we take a late-inning loss to the Black Bears to open up our series. pic.twitter.com/vzH3vnFyN7
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Phil Caulfield ended the scoring frenzy with a double, bringing in Pineda and advancing to third on a fielding error by right fielder Michael De La Cruz to give the Doubledays a 6-3 lead.
The Black Bears did not go quietly, however. They added on another run to Ramirez’s pitching line in the sixth and then attacked for three runs on a rare off-day on the mound for German, who at one point threw 10 consecutive balls.
By Chris Valentino Tril / Auburn Doubledays
The Doubledays will be back in action Sunday at 4:05 for Game 2 of their series against West Virginia. You can hear it LIVE on FingerLakes1.com Radio.
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