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Royals sink Mariners

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A sloppy night at the field Monday led to a sloppy night on the field for the Pulaski Mariners.
A pair of back-to-back walks sandwiched between throwing errors allowed the Burlington Royals to break open the bottom of the fourth inning for five runs on their way to a 6-1 defeat of the Mariners.
The loss was Pulaski’s second in as many days and their third in the last four games, while the win was Burlington’s first of the season.
Pulaski starting pitcher Kyle Haas (0-1) started strong, striking out four Royals while allowing only two hits and one run in his first three innings of work. After getting the first out in the bottom of the fourth, things began to fall apart for Haas and the Mariners.
Back-to-back walks followed by a throwing error plated the first run of the inning. Another pair of walks scored the second run of the inning and chased Haas from the mound. Andres Esquibel came on in relief for the Mariners and fared no better, giving up a run scoring single to the first batter he faced. A throwing error on an inning-ending double play attempt allowed two more Royals to score.
By the time the fourth inning ended, Pulaski had given up five runs on one hit, four walks and two errors. It would be all that Burlington would need to seal their victory.
The Royals received a strong pitching performance from their starter, Kelvin Herrera (1-0), who went six innings and allowed no runs on two hits and struck out six Mariners.
The only Pulaski offense of the night came off the bat of Dwight Britton, who connected for a solo homerun in the seventh inning.
Tommy Johnson rapped a double for Pulaski’s only other extra base hit of the night. Jose Rivero, Mario Martinez and Guy Welsh each contributed singles to the effort.
Pulaski (4-3) will attempt to break out of their slump with another game versus Burlington (1-5) tonight. Game time is 7 p.m.

Royals sink Mariners

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A sloppy night at the field Monday led to a sloppy night on the field for the Pulaski Mariners.
A pair of back-to-back walks sandwiched between throwing errors allowed the Burlington Royals to break open the bottom of the fourth inning for five runs on their way to a 6-1 defeat of the Mariners.
The loss was Pulaski’s second in as many days and their third in the last four games, while the win was Burlington’s first of the season.
Pulaski starting pitcher Kyle Haas (0-1) started strong, striking out four Royals while allowing only two hits and one run in his first three innings of work. After getting the first out in the bottom of the fourth, things began to fall apart for Haas and the Mariners.
Back-to-back walks followed by a throwing error plated the first run of the inning. Another pair of walks scored the second run of the inning and chased Haas from the mound. Andres Esquibel came on in relief for the Mariners and fared no better, giving up a run scoring single to the first batter he faced. A throwing error on an inning-ending double play attempt allowed two more Royals to score.
By the time the fourth inning ended, Pulaski had given up five runs on one hit, four walks and two errors. It would be all that Burlington would need to seal their victory.
The Royals received a strong pitching performance from their starter, Kelvin Herrera (1-0), who went six innings and allowed no runs on two hits and struck out six Mariners.
The only Pulaski offense of the night came off the bat of Dwight Britton, who connected for a solo homerun in the seventh inning.
Tommy Johnson rapped a double for Pulaski’s only other extra base hit of the night. Jose Rivero, Mario Martinez and Guy Welsh each contributed singles to the effort.
Pulaski (4-3) will attempt to break out of their slump with another game versus Burlington (1-5) tonight. Game time is 7 p.m.