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BRISTOL-Entering Mondayâ€™s game, Bristol Blues starter Ross Weiner led the team in ERA among pitchers with at least 20 innings this season and he showed why in the Bluesâ€™ 4-1 victory over the Worcester Bravehearts.
Weiner pitched a season-high six and two-thirds innings, only allowing one earned run. He permitted five hits and four walks while striking out four for his third win of the season.
Nick Roy and Max Goione had two RBIs each in the victory. Roy also went 3-for-4 and had a stolen base.
The Blues got to Bravehearts starter Justin Willis in the second inning for three runs to get things rolling. After an out to start the inning, Garrett Blaylock worked a five-pitch walk to reach base and another out later, Josh Zbierski was hit by a pitch to put two runners on base for the Blues with two outs.
Roy followed with an RBI single for his ninth RBI of the season. Roy would advance to second and Zbierski advanced to third on an error by center fielder Trevor Johnson. Goione came up with a hit of his own to bring in two more runs for the Blues and his fifth and sixth RBI of the season.
The Bravehearts got to Weiner in the fourth. After a one-out double by Greg Kocinski, John Friday hit a two-out RBI single to cut the Blues lead to 3-1.
The Blues responded right back in the following inning. Zbierski was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game and Roy once again came up with an RBI, hitting a double to right field to increase the Bluesâ€™ lead back to three runs.
Goione walked to put pressure on Worcester reliever Jon Fisher. After both runners advanced on a wild pitch to go to second and third with two outs, Chris Davis lined out to first and Jake Frasca struck out to leave both runners stranded.
In the sixth inning, Weiner ran into some more trouble. With two outs, runners on first and third and the tying run at the plate, Weiner was able to get Pat Demarco to ground out to end the inning.
Roy once again tried to get things for the Blues after hitting a one-out single and Roy stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch to give his teammates an opportunity with less than two outs. But Goione struck out and Davis flied out to left to leave another Blues batter in scoring position.
In an attempt to complete seven innings, Weiner easily got the first out, but walked the second batter. After Zbierski made a strong throw to nab Bryan Hart for the second out, Weiner walked Johnson to end his night, but received a rousing ovation as he exited the field.
Anthony Morrone came in and hit the first batter he faced to bring the tying run to the plate, but Kevin Doody would hit a liner straight at Morrone to make the final out. He pitched to five batters in the eighth but kept the Bravehearts scoreless in the frame.
Tommy Curtin entered in the ninth and struck out the side to notch his seventh save of the season.
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