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M’s win with another blast

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A Kalian Sams two-run homerun in the fifth inning gave the Pulaski Mariners a lead they never looked back from as they defeated the Burlington Royals 3-1.
The win puts the Mariners (6-3) one game behind Eastern Division leader Danville (7-2), while the loss puts Burlington (1-7) in the basement of the division.
After squandering a few scoring opportunities early in the game, Pulaski was finally able to take advantage of their opportunity in the fifth.
After Royals pitcher Jacob Rodriguez (0-1) walked Jose Rivero to start the inning, Burlington brought Pernell Halliman in from the bullpen to face the Mariners’ right fielder, Sams. Sams, a native of the Netherlands, has struggled early this season, striking out in 17 of his first 27 at bats.
With Rivero on first, Sams was apparently able to put his struggles behind him as he launched a Halliman offering to deep left field for a two-run homerun and a Mariners lead.
It would be all Pulaski would need as starter Brooks Mohr (1-1) and relievers Nick Czyz and Brandon Pullen were able to shut the Royals down the rest of the way. The three combined to scatter five hits while allowing only one run.
The game was not without its drama, however, as the Royals were able to load the bases with no outs in the sixth inning and put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth inning. In both instances, solid pitching and fielding by the Mariners left the Royals with only one run to show for their scoring opportunities. The Royals stranded nine base runners for the game.
The Mariners were able to put an insurance run on the board in the eighth inning when Mario Martinez continued his hot hitting by raking a single to score Dwight Britton from third.
Sams paced the Mariners offense with his best game of the season, going 2-for-4 with the two-run homer in the fifth. Pulaski shortstop Anthony Phillips also collected two hits, while Martinez, Juan Fuentes and Guy Welsh got one hit apiece.
The Mariners will now continue their seven-game road trip as they face off tonight against the Kingsport Mets (3-6).

M’s win with another blast

BURLINGTON, N.C. — A Kalian Sams two-run homerun in the fifth inning gave the Pulaski Mariners a lead they never looked back from as they defeated the Burlington Royals 3-1.
The win puts the Mariners (6-3) one game behind Eastern Division leader Danville (7-2), while the loss puts Burlington (1-7) in the basement of the division.
After squandering a few scoring opportunities early in the game, Pulaski was finally able to take advantage of their opportunity in the fifth.
After Royals pitcher Jacob Rodriguez (0-1) walked Jose Rivero to start the inning, Burlington brought Pernell Halliman in from the bullpen to face the Mariners’ right fielder, Sams. Sams, a native of the Netherlands, has struggled early this season, striking out in 17 of his first 27 at bats.
With Rivero on first, Sams was apparently able to put his struggles behind him as he launched a Halliman offering to deep left field for a two-run homerun and a Mariners lead.
It would be all Pulaski would need as starter Brooks Mohr (1-1) and relievers Nick Czyz and Brandon Pullen were able to shut the Royals down the rest of the way. The three combined to scatter five hits while allowing only one run.
The game was not without its drama, however, as the Royals were able to load the bases with no outs in the sixth inning and put runners on second and third with one out in the ninth inning. In both instances, solid pitching and fielding by the Mariners left the Royals with only one run to show for their scoring opportunities. The Royals stranded nine base runners for the game.
The Mariners were able to put an insurance run on the board in the eighth inning when Mario Martinez continued his hot hitting by raking a single to score Dwight Britton from third.
Sams paced the Mariners offense with his best game of the season, going 2-for-4 with the two-run homer in the fifth. Pulaski shortstop Anthony Phillips also collected two hits, while Martinez, Juan Fuentes and Guy Welsh got one hit apiece.
The Mariners will now continue their seven-game road trip as they face off tonight against the Kingsport Mets (3-6).