Winchester Royals lose to Staunton Braves on the road, 5-2

STAUNTON – The Winchester Royals have dropped five of its first six games with a 5-2 loss to the Staunton Braves on Tuesday night at Gypsy Hill Park.

Down 3-2 going into the bottom of the seventh, Ruben Ramirez surrendered a single and double to give the Braves two runners in scoring position with none out. On a 3-2 count, Seth Hartings hit a single to score Cole Swiger from third. Brett Willett also scored on the play due to an error by Samyr Santos to give Staunton a 5-2 cushion.

The Royals put a man on second with no outs in the eighth, but could not push the run across. Winchester was sat down in order to end the game.

The Royals played behind the entire game, and committed three errors in the field that led to two unearned runs. One of them was in the seventh, and the other was in the third. After Anthony Simonelli allowed a leadoff double to Matthew Golda, Swiger singled and made it to third base from an error by Matthew Holloway. Golda scored to give the Braves a 1-0 lead.

Overall, Simonelli pitched five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits, two walks and two strikeouts in the loss. He gave up his first earned run of the game when Swiger laced an RBI double to give Staunton a 2-0 lead in the fifth.

The Royals were in perfect position to answer and take the lead in the sixth. Masen Prososki walked and Aaron Palensky singled to set up first and third with no outs for the hottest hitter on the team, Santos.

Although, he grounded into a double play, but scored Prososki from third to cut the deficit in half. Chris Salvey tied the game with a solo home run in the next at-bat, his third of the summer.

The tie quickly evaporated in the bottom half of the frame thanks to a sacrifice fly from Luke Jackson. From then, Staunton added the two insurance runs and sealed its fifth win of the year.

Salvey and Palensky each finished 2-for-4, with Salvey accounting for the Royals lone RBI. Dylan Gentry and Trent Sidwell each pitched an inning of scoreless relief out of the bullpen.

Winchester will be back at Bridgeforth Wednesday to take on the Strasburg Express. First pitch will be at 7 p.m.

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