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Bristol blows past Pulaski, 6-4

PULASKI – During their recent six-game road trip, the Pulaski Mariners’ biggest problem had been falling into early deficits.
It is no surprise, then, that the Mariners went 2-4 on the aforementioned road trip. Monday evening, facing off against the Bristol White Sox at Calfee Park, the Mariners made sure to jump on the board quickly, staking to a 3-0 lead after the first two innings. Unfortunately, even that was not enough as the White Sox (9-3) scored six straight runs en route to a 6-4 defeat of the Mariners. The loss was the Mariners’ (6-7) fourth in a row, and drops them to third in the East Division behind Danville and Princeton.
“The guys played hard, but a couple of mistakes hurt us,” Mariners manager Rob Mummau stated after the game.
“All you can do is expect them to play hard for nine innings.”
The Mariners were able to take an early lead in the first inning by playing “small ball.” Leadoff batter Anthony Phillips reached base on a walk, stole second, and moved over to third on a fly ball out by Mario Martinez. Phillips then scored on a bloop single by Juan Fuentes. The Mariners took a 1-0 lead, their first since June 26.
Pulaski would add some insurance in the second, when Jermaine Brock would take advantage of back-to-back walks and rip a double over the centerfielder’s head, scoring both runners and giving the Mariners a 3-0 lead.
Pulaski starting pitcher Brooks Mohr pitched a solid four innings before running into control issues in the fifth inning. A walk, an infield single, and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Bristol, which were then quickly cleared when Mohr gave up a two-run double and a game tying fielder’s choice before being pulled. Left-handed reliever Nick Czyz was then able to get Pulaski out of the inning without further damage.
Pulaski looked as thought they would rally in the seventh inning when Blake Trinkler led-off the inning with a bloop single to right. Trinkler then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brock. Whatever rally was forming was quickly snuffed out when Trinkler was thrown out at third base in an attempt to advance on a dropped third strike. The play at third was close enough to draw the ire of Mummau, who came from his position as the third base coach to discuss the call with the umpire.
“It definitely took a little steam away from us,” Mummau said about the play at third.
Britton, who reached on the dropped third strike, was then caught stealing second to end the inning.
The White Sox were able to take the lead in the eighth off of Czyz (1-1) who gave up a triple followed by a go-ahead sacrifice fly. Bristol added two more runs in the ninth to extend their lead to 6-3.
The Mariners still had life in the bottom of the ninth when Kris Sanchez crushed his second homerun of the season to open the inning and cut the deficit to 6-4. Unfortunately, the next three Pulaski batters were retired in order and the defeat was sealed.
“I can’t beat the guys up over every loss. Otherwise it will be a long season,” Mummau stated after the game. “All we can do is come out and play hard again (Tuesday) night.”
Fuentes led the Mariners offense with three hits, including an RBI. Brock contributed two RBI’s on his lone hit, while Sanchez knocked in a run on his ninth inning homerun, his only hit of the game. Sanchez also scored two runs for the Mariners, while Phillips and Welsh scored one run apiece.
When asked if the long road trip has had any negative impact on the team, Mummau quickly shot down that notion.
“Travel in this league is great. That is not a problem at all.”
The Mariners will attempt to halt their losing streak as they face off against the White Sox again tonight. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and first pitch will be at 7 p.m.
The Mariners were without a pitcher Monday evening as Jose Jimenez was promoted to the Class High A High Desert Mavericks.

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Bristol blows past Pulaski, 6-4

PULASKI – During their recent six-game road trip, the Pulaski Mariners’ biggest problem had been falling into early deficits.
It is no surprise, then, that the Mariners went 2-4 on the aforementioned road trip. Monday evening, facing off against the Bristol White Sox at Calfee Park, the Mariners made sure to jump on the board quickly, staking to a 3-0 lead after the first two innings. Unfortunately, even that was not enough as the White Sox (9-3) scored six straight runs en route to a 6-4 defeat of the Mariners. The loss was the Mariners’ (6-7) fourth in a row, and drops them to third in the East Division behind Danville and Princeton.
“The guys played hard, but a couple of mistakes hurt us,” Mariners manager Rob Mummau stated after the game.
“All you can do is expect them to play hard for nine innings.”
The Mariners were able to take an early lead in the first inning by playing “small ball.” Leadoff batter Anthony Phillips reached base on a walk, stole second, and moved over to third on a fly ball out by Mario Martinez. Phillips then scored on a bloop single by Juan Fuentes. The Mariners took a 1-0 lead, their first since June 26.
Pulaski would add some insurance in the second, when Jermaine Brock would take advantage of back-to-back walks and rip a double over the centerfielder’s head, scoring both runners and giving the Mariners a 3-0 lead.
Pulaski starting pitcher Brooks Mohr pitched a solid four innings before running into control issues in the fifth inning. A walk, an infield single, and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Bristol, which were then quickly cleared when Mohr gave up a two-run double and a game tying fielder’s choice before being pulled. Left-handed reliever Nick Czyz was then able to get Pulaski out of the inning without further damage.
Pulaski looked as thought they would rally in the seventh inning when Blake Trinkler led-off the inning with a bloop single to right. Trinkler then moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Brock. Whatever rally was forming was quickly snuffed out when Trinkler was thrown out at third base in an attempt to advance on a dropped third strike. The play at third was close enough to draw the ire of Mummau, who came from his position as the third base coach to discuss the call with the umpire.
“It definitely took a little steam away from us,” Mummau said about the play at third.
Britton, who reached on the dropped third strike, was then caught stealing second to end the inning.
The White Sox were able to take the lead in the eighth off of Czyz (1-1) who gave up a triple followed by a go-ahead sacrifice fly. Bristol added two more runs in the ninth to extend their lead to 6-3.
The Mariners still had life in the bottom of the ninth when Kris Sanchez crushed his second homerun of the season to open the inning and cut the deficit to 6-4. Unfortunately, the next three Pulaski batters were retired in order and the defeat was sealed.
“I can’t beat the guys up over every loss. Otherwise it will be a long season,” Mummau stated after the game. “All we can do is come out and play hard again (Tuesday) night.”
Fuentes led the Mariners offense with three hits, including an RBI. Brock contributed two RBI’s on his lone hit, while Sanchez knocked in a run on his ninth inning homerun, his only hit of the game. Sanchez also scored two runs for the Mariners, while Phillips and Welsh scored one run apiece.
When asked if the long road trip has had any negative impact on the team, Mummau quickly shot down that notion.
“Travel in this league is great. That is not a problem at all.”
The Mariners will attempt to halt their losing streak as they face off against the White Sox again tonight. Gates will open at 6 p.m. and first pitch will be at 7 p.m.
The Mariners were without a pitcher Monday evening as Jose Jimenez was promoted to the Class High A High Desert Mavericks.

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