Johnson City gave up a first-inning grand slam and lost to Princeton on Sunday evening, 10-1, in seven innings.
The Doughboys (13-26-1) avoided the shutout after a Jordan Stevens’ RBI single in the final inning that scored Alan Espinal from third base.
Johnson City finished with eight hits, tying Princeton’s mark, but went just 1-15 with runners in scoring position. In addition to Fisher Pyatt’s first-inning grand slam, Brady Day also knocked a two-run shot to right field in the third frame for Princeton (24-19).
Over the course of four games between Johnson City and Princeton this season, the Whistlepigs outscored the Doughboys 42-7. The loss is Johnson City’s fifth in their last six games, taking them into the All-Star break.
Alan Espinal was the only Doughboy to finish with more than one hit, going 2-for-3 with a run scored. Gianluca Shinn pitched a scoreless seventh inning for Johnson City with two strikeouts.
The Doughboys will next send three players to the 2021 Appalachian League All-Star Game on Tuesday night in Pulaski, Virginia. Jaxson Crull, Joe Vetrano, and Andrew Ronne will all make the trip to Calfee Park. First pitch is set for 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on MLB.com
Johnson City will next be in action as a team on Wednesday when they go on the road to play a three-game series against the Danville Otterbots. A doubleheader at American Legion Field will kick off with the continuation of a suspended game from July 13. The first game will start at 5:00 p.m. in the top of the third inning with the score tied 2-2.
Fans can access live radio coverage of every Doughboys game this season by visiting: https://www.mlb.com/appalachian-league/johnson-city/fans/audio-listen-live.