BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
Aug. 10, 2017 | Bluefield Blue Jays 6, Danville Braves 1 | Appalachian League (Rk)
Danville, Va. – Toronto Blue Jays 21st round draft pick Turner Larkins dazzled as the Bluefield Blue Jays nearly shutout the Danville Braves 6-1 on Thursday at Legion Field in Danville, Virginia.
Larkins went five innings and went just two batters over the minimum with no runners reaching scoring position for Danville. Larkins improved to 3-0 in four starts after starting his pro career in the bullpen. The Texas A&M product owns a 0.98 ERA over those four starts.
Bluefield’s offense took no time to get going with Yorman Rodriguez hitting a two-run homer three batters into the game.
The Blue Jays picked up again in the fifth with two-run double from McGregory Contreras to go up 4-0. They would make it 5-0 when Contreras scored on a wild pitch after being moved up on a deep fly to center.
Chavez Young led the sixth off with a walk, promptly stole second, and scored on an Anthony Fuentes single for Bluefield’s final run of the game. They were extremely efficient with their hits, as five of its six hits came in run scoring innings.
The Braves offense couldn’t put anything together, scoring their only run in the ninth inning on a Jeffrey Ramos sac-fly. Larkins was relieved by Jordan Barrett, who finished the final four inning and struck out eight batters in the process.
Jean Carlos Encarnacion led the Braves with two of their five hits. William Contreras, younger brother of Chicago Cub Wilson Contreras, went 0-for-3 with a walk for Danville. Contreras the younger owns a .336/.426/.496 slash line with three homers and 20 RBI in 32 games.
Bluefield is currently in a battle for first in the Appalachian League East Division at 32-15 and just a half game back of the Pulaski Yankees. Danville sits farther down the division at 25-23 and 7.5 games back of Pulaski.
Bluefield Blue Jays (32-16) 200 310 000 – 6 6 1
Danville Braves (25-23) 000 000 001 – 1 5 1
8/9 Bluefield 8, Danville 7
8/10 Bluefield 6, Danville 1
8/11 Bluefield at Danville
Bluefield Blue Jays (TOR)
15th Ryan Noda 0/3, BB
18th Jordan Barrett 4 IP, 3 H, R, 0 ER, BB, 8 K
21st Turner Larkins 5 IP, 2 H, 2 BB, 2 K
Danville Braves (ATL)
#7 Kevin Maitan 0/3, BB, K
#22 Derian Cruz 1/4, R, K
2nd Drew Waters 0/4, 2 K
12th Hagen Owenby 1/4, 2 K
20th Justin Smith 1/3
13th Connor Simmons 2 IP, K
Legion Field sits right in the middle of Dan Daniel Memorial Park on the east side of Danville. The second-largest ballpark in the Appalachian League is a very comfortable place to watch a game and it has a history of leading the league in attendance.
It was Thirsty Thursday with half-priced soft drinks and College Rivalry Night with fans wearing college apparel getting discounted tickets.
Lynchburg Hillcats at Winston-Salem Dash on Aug. 11.