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The night began with over an hour long rain delay, and after that things kept getting worse for the Danville Braves against the Bluefield Blue Jays.

Danville pitching allowed 12 walks, the defense committed a pair of errors and that played a major role in a nine-run fifth inning for Jays that led to a 14-6 Braves loss.

Michael Mateja, who singled in the Braves' first run of the game in the second inning, hit a two-run home run off the scoreboard in left field in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Braves a 3-2 lead.

Then the wheels fell all the way off. Bluefield sent 13 batters to the plate, walked six times and nine players crossed the plate to take complete control of the game, 11-3. 

Danville was forced to use five pitchers on the night, and it the changes started early. Walner Polanco only lasted 1 1/3 innings, leaving with an apparent injury as he walked off the field with the trainer. Filyer Sanchez was first out of the bullpen and worked 2 2/3 innings of shutout baseball, but it went downhill from there. Alger Hodgson only recorded one out, but was responsible for five runs on five walks. Albinson Volquez was next and lasted 2 1/3 innings, but allowed five runs on two hits and three walks. Alex Aquino was the final arm of the night, responsible for the final seven outs. He managed to get them, but not before allowing a pair of runs in the top of the ninth to put the cherry on top of what was a forgettable night at Legion Field for the home squad. 

Danville outhit Bluefield 10-9 in the loss. Mateja finished with four RBIs. Charles Reyes had two hits and drove in a run as well for Danville. Brandon Parker and Cody Birdsong each had two hits, with Victor De Hoyos collected a hit, too. 

Danville (8-6) and Bluefield (7-7) will be back at it Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the rubber match of the three-game set after Danville took Monday's Game 1, 6-2. There will be fireworks following the conclusion of Wednesday's game as well in Danville. 

Chris Doherty is a sports writer for the Martinsville Bulletin. He can be reached a chris.doherty@martinsvillebulletin.com

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