By James Smyth / Bluefield Blue Jays Tuesday, July 03 2012 00:00
BLUEFIELD, WV - A night after being unable to close out a win, the Bluefield Blue Jays got back on track with great pitching and timely hitting. Jeremy Gabryszwski pitched four shutout innings, Roberto Osuna picked up his first win, Seth Conner knocked the game-winning hit and Julio Carmona closed it out as the Jays beat the Pulaski Mariners at Bowen Field on Monday.
The home team's winning rally in the seventh started when Art Charles led off the frame with an opposite-field double. The first baseman has now reached safely in all 14 games this season, and 37 of 38 games dating back to last season. He moved up to third on Jacob Anderson's sacrifice bunt before Conner chopped a single to left field over the drawn-in infield to plate Charles and give the Birds a lead they would not relinquish.
Julio Carmona was summoned from the bullpen for a six-out save. He pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth inning, punctuating the victory with a strikeout of Phillips Castillo to end the game.
Jeremy Gabryszwski started the game for Bluefield and was outstanding in his four scoreless frames. He allowed only three singles and faced two over the minimum.
He received a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Nico Taylor rocketed a two-out triple and newcomer Jorge Vega-Rosada followed with a single up the middle.
That would be all the offense would get off Pulaski southpaw Wander Marte, who impressed in five innings, striking out nine without issuing a walk.
Roberto Osuna came in to start the fifth inning for the Blue Jays and ran into trouble in the sixth. Richard Palase knocked a leadoff double and scored on Martin Peguero's bloop single to center field. With the score now tied, the Mariners loaded the bases with one out, but Osuna recovered by blowing away Jabari Henry and Felipe Burin. The righty struck out four in three innings as he picked up his first win as a Toronto prospect.
The rubber game of the three-game set will be on Tuesday night in Bluefield. Right-hander Tucker Jensen (0-0, 2.70) heads to the mound looking to get the Birds a series victory against fellow righty Min-Sih Chen of Pulaski (1-0, 8.68). First pitch at Bowen Field is set for 7:05 p.m.
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