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Opening night: Bluefield clips Johnson City in bottom of ninth

Johnson City Press • Updated Jun 19, 2018 at 10:49 PM

BLUEFIELD, Va.—Opening night packed quite a punch at Bowen Field.

Capping a back-and-forth contest, Bluefield pushed across two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to get past Johnson City 8-7 on Tuesday night.

The Cardinals broke a 5-5 tie in the eighth and 6-6 ninth-inning deadlock, but Bluefield answered both times. Two outs after John Aiello’s RBI single made it a 7-7 game, D.J. Daniels drove home Dominic Abbadessa from third with a base hit to left.

Jonatan Machado and Leandro Cedeno each went 3 for 5 for Johnson City, with Machado scoring twice. Zach Jackson stroked a two-run, first-inning double and first-round pick Nolan Gorman belted his first career home run (solo shot) in the fourth.

The Blue Jays’ Luis De Los Santos turned in an impressive performance, going 3 for 5 with two runs and three RBIs. He launched a two-run, third-inning homer.

D.J. Neal was 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs while Daniels finished at 2 for 5.

The two teams combined for 24 hits, with the Cards totaling 13.

The last of six Bluefield pitchers, Sean Rackoski picked up the win after yielding a run and striking out two batters in the ninth.

David Oco, who allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings, absorbed the loss. He recorded four Ks.

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