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Bullpen blows lead for Pulaski

KINGSPORT, T.N. — Twelve hits weren’t enough for the Pulaski Mariners as their bullpen gave up seven runs in the final four innings to the Kingsport Mets, losing 8-3.
The Mariners (6-4) received a solid outing from starting pitcher, Kenn Kasparek, who went four innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three.
The Mets (4-6) received a shaky outing from their starter, Collin McHugh, who allowed two runs on five hits and three walks. The Mets received a strong outing from their bullpen, however, as Mark Cohoon (1-0), Jason Lavorgna and Michael Powers combined to scatter seven hits and three walks while only allowing one Mariner run to score over the final five innings of work.
Pulaski was able to take the lead in the third inning when two straight singles by Fred Bello and Dwight Britton put runners on first and second with nobody out. An Anthony Phillips sacrifice bunt moved each of the runners over a base, followed by a Mario Martinez ground out to score Bello and tie the game. Jose Rivero walked and Juan Fuentes singled to center to allow Britton to score the second run of the inning, putting Pulaski on top 2-1. A Kalian Sams walk loaded the bases and kept the inning alive for the Mariners, but a Guy Welsh ground out ended the inning and the Pulaski threat.

Pulaski reliever Taylor Lewis replaced Kasparek in the fifth and had a solid outing of his own, retiring the first two batters of the inning before allowing the third to reach on an error. The error would not hurt, however, as Lewis retired the final batter of the inning with no issue.
Jose Rios (1-1) replaced Lewis in the fifth inning and pitched well, allowing only two singles. Unfortunately, two errors in the inning allowed the Mets to score the tying run.
Rios took the mound again in the sixth and had a little more trouble getting out of the inning, giving up a single, double and a triple to the Kingsport batters. With those hits, the Mets retook the lead, 4-2.
The Mariners had an opportunity to take the lead in the eighth inning when they loaded the bases with only one out. However, an infield fly by Tommy Johnson quickly made it two outs. Bello singled home Jacob Shaffer, but Sams was caught at home for the third out and the Mariners were only able to garner one run on the inning, cutting the deficit to 4-3. It would be as close as the Mariners would get to retaking the lead.
Jordan Alvis, who had pitched a perfect seventh inning for the Mariners, was hit hard in the eighth, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, stretching the Met lead to 8-3 Tommy Johannesen-Ellis replaced Alvis on the mound and stopped the bleeding, getting a pop-up to the only batter he would face to end the inning.

Guy Welsh and Bello lead the Mariner offense, getting three hits apiece. Fuentes got two hits, while Britton, Phillips, Rivero and Johnson each contributed one. Martinez, Fuentes and Bello each drove in runs for the Mariners, while Britton, Shaffer and Bello each scored.

Pulaski will continue its series versus Kingsport tonight at 7 p.m.

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Bullpen blows lead for Pulaski

KINGSPORT, T.N. — Twelve hits weren’t enough for the Pulaski Mariners as their bullpen gave up seven runs in the final four innings to the Kingsport Mets, losing 8-3.
The Mariners (6-4) received a solid outing from starting pitcher, Kenn Kasparek, who went four innings, giving up one run on four hits and two walks while striking out three.
The Mets (4-6) received a shaky outing from their starter, Collin McHugh, who allowed two runs on five hits and three walks. The Mets received a strong outing from their bullpen, however, as Mark Cohoon (1-0), Jason Lavorgna and Michael Powers combined to scatter seven hits and three walks while only allowing one Mariner run to score over the final five innings of work.
Pulaski was able to take the lead in the third inning when two straight singles by Fred Bello and Dwight Britton put runners on first and second with nobody out. An Anthony Phillips sacrifice bunt moved each of the runners over a base, followed by a Mario Martinez ground out to score Bello and tie the game. Jose Rivero walked and Juan Fuentes singled to center to allow Britton to score the second run of the inning, putting Pulaski on top 2-1. A Kalian Sams walk loaded the bases and kept the inning alive for the Mariners, but a Guy Welsh ground out ended the inning and the Pulaski threat.

Pulaski reliever Taylor Lewis replaced Kasparek in the fifth and had a solid outing of his own, retiring the first two batters of the inning before allowing the third to reach on an error. The error would not hurt, however, as Lewis retired the final batter of the inning with no issue.
Jose Rios (1-1) replaced Lewis in the fifth inning and pitched well, allowing only two singles. Unfortunately, two errors in the inning allowed the Mets to score the tying run.
Rios took the mound again in the sixth and had a little more trouble getting out of the inning, giving up a single, double and a triple to the Kingsport batters. With those hits, the Mets retook the lead, 4-2.
The Mariners had an opportunity to take the lead in the eighth inning when they loaded the bases with only one out. However, an infield fly by Tommy Johnson quickly made it two outs. Bello singled home Jacob Shaffer, but Sams was caught at home for the third out and the Mariners were only able to garner one run on the inning, cutting the deficit to 4-3. It would be as close as the Mariners would get to retaking the lead.
Jordan Alvis, who had pitched a perfect seventh inning for the Mariners, was hit hard in the eighth, giving up four runs on three hits and two walks, stretching the Met lead to 8-3 Tommy Johannesen-Ellis replaced Alvis on the mound and stopped the bleeding, getting a pop-up to the only batter he would face to end the inning.

Guy Welsh and Bello lead the Mariner offense, getting three hits apiece. Fuentes got two hits, while Britton, Phillips, Rivero and Johnson each contributed one. Martinez, Fuentes and Bello each drove in runs for the Mariners, while Britton, Shaffer and Bello each scored.

Pulaski will continue its series versus Kingsport tonight at 7 p.m.

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