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Pulaski comes through in the clutch, wins 4-3

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Trailing 3-1 with two outs in the ninth inning, the Pulaski Mariners mounted a comeback which culminated with Kris Sanchez’s two-run homerun that would ultimately be the deciding factor in the Mariners’ 4-3 victory over the Burlington Royals.
Going into the ninth inning down 3-1, the Mariners (5-3) looked as though they were going to drop their fourth game in five nights. When Pulaski third baseman Mario Martinez stepped up to the plate with Dwight Britton on second and two outs, the situation appeared downright dismal.
But when a Burlington passed ball — the second of the inning — allowed Britton to move to third and Martinez brought him home with a single, momentum shifted and the Mariners looked as though they were about to make something happen.
Kris Sanchez wasted no time making that "something" happen, crushing a Manauris Baez (0-1) offering over the right field fence, putting the Mariners up 4-3.
Reliever Jeff Dunbar came on and pitched a perfect ninth inning to complete the slump-busting comeback and notch his second save of the season.
The Pulaski bats struggled to get going early in the game, not getting a hit until a Martinez single in the fourth inning. Burlington starter Santiago Garrido went five innings, allowing only three Pulaski base runners while striking out four.
The Mariners were finally able to break through on the scoreboard in the eighth inning when some "small ball" resulted in a Guy Welsh sacrifice fly to score Jose Rivero.
Pulaski starting pitcher Jose Jimenez had a solid performance, allowing two runs on only three hits in five innings. He struck out four Royals.
Jimenez found his only trouble of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, when a single resulted in a runner on third as a result of a throwing error. A fielder’s choice and two hits later, the Royals found themselves on top 2-0.
After Pulaski’s Blake Nation pitched two solid innings of relief, giving up a run on two hits, Stephen Penney (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning to set up the Mariners’ comeback in the ninth.
Sanchez’s ninth inning homerun was his only hit of the game, but that would be all the Mariners would need. Martinez got the Mariners’ offense moving, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He is currently second in the Appalachian League with a .455 batting average. Rivero added a hit and a run scored, while Welsh added an RBI.
Pulaski will wrap up their series with Burlington tonight, before taking to the road again with a three-game series versus the Kingsport Mets.

Pulaski comes through in the clutch, wins 4-3

BURLINGTON, N.C. — Trailing 3-1 with two outs in the ninth inning, the Pulaski Mariners mounted a comeback which culminated with Kris Sanchez’s two-run homerun that would ultimately be the deciding factor in the Mariners’ 4-3 victory over the Burlington Royals.
Going into the ninth inning down 3-1, the Mariners (5-3) looked as though they were going to drop their fourth game in five nights. When Pulaski third baseman Mario Martinez stepped up to the plate with Dwight Britton on second and two outs, the situation appeared downright dismal.
But when a Burlington passed ball — the second of the inning — allowed Britton to move to third and Martinez brought him home with a single, momentum shifted and the Mariners looked as though they were about to make something happen.
Kris Sanchez wasted no time making that "something" happen, crushing a Manauris Baez (0-1) offering over the right field fence, putting the Mariners up 4-3.
Reliever Jeff Dunbar came on and pitched a perfect ninth inning to complete the slump-busting comeback and notch his second save of the season.
The Pulaski bats struggled to get going early in the game, not getting a hit until a Martinez single in the fourth inning. Burlington starter Santiago Garrido went five innings, allowing only three Pulaski base runners while striking out four.
The Mariners were finally able to break through on the scoreboard in the eighth inning when some "small ball" resulted in a Guy Welsh sacrifice fly to score Jose Rivero.
Pulaski starting pitcher Jose Jimenez had a solid performance, allowing two runs on only three hits in five innings. He struck out four Royals.
Jimenez found his only trouble of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning, when a single resulted in a runner on third as a result of a throwing error. A fielder’s choice and two hits later, the Royals found themselves on top 2-0.
After Pulaski’s Blake Nation pitched two solid innings of relief, giving up a run on two hits, Stephen Penney (1-0) pitched a perfect eighth inning to set up the Mariners’ comeback in the ninth.
Sanchez’s ninth inning homerun was his only hit of the game, but that would be all the Mariners would need. Martinez got the Mariners’ offense moving, going 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. He is currently second in the Appalachian League with a .455 batting average. Rivero added a hit and a run scored, while Welsh added an RBI.
Pulaski will wrap up their series with Burlington tonight, before taking to the road again with a three-game series versus the Kingsport Mets.