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Pulaski sweeps two from Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. — The Pulaski Mariners needed two late rallies in order to win both ends of a double-header against the Johnson City Cardinals Wednesday evening. The Mariners scored four runs in the sixth inning to take game one 5-2, while Pulaski utilized a six-run fourth inning to win game two 8-5.
Pulaski (13-8) is now riding a five-game winning streak, pulling them within one game of the division leading Danville Braves.
Game one saw the Mariners jump to a quick 1-0 lead in the first on the heels of a Juan Fuentes double that scored Jacob Shaffer. That lead would stand until the bottom of the fifth when Pulaski starting pitcher Fabian Williamson would give up two runs on two hits. Andres Esquibel (1-0) would come on in relief of Williamson and get the Mariners out of the fifth with no additional damage being done.
Pulaski would jump back on top in the sixth when Kris Sanchez doubled with the bases loaded, driving in three runs. The Mariners would score an additional run in the inning when George Soto would knock Sanchez in on a single, putting Pulaski up 5-2.
Jeff Dunbar would pitch a perfect seventh to seal the victory and pick up his third save of the season.
Game two saw the Mariners jump to an early lead once again, scoring two runs off of Johnson City starter Michael Blazek before Blazek could even retire a batter.
That lead would quickly disappear, however, as Pulaski would give up five runs over the next three innings to fall into a 5-2 hole.
The Mariners would jump on top for good when the fourth inning saw them score six runs on five hits, including Jose Rivero’s tie-breaking three-run home run with two outs that would put Pulaski ahead 8-5.
Jose Rios (2-2) pitched three innings of scoreless ball to get the win. Philip Roy pitched a no-hit seventh to notch his first save of the season.
Rivero lead the Mariners offense on Wednesday, going 4-for-7 with one homer, four RBIs, and two runs scored in the victories. Sanchez also had a strong performance, hitting a double while gathering three RBIs. Seven different Mariners collected RBI’s between the two wins.
The Mariners will attempt to complete a sweep of Johnson City tonight before returning to Calfee Park Friday evening to face the Kingsport Mets. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Appalachian League
East Division
W L Pct. GB
Danville (Braves) 14 7 .667 —
Pulaski (Mariners) 13 8 .619 1
Princeton (Rays) 8 12 .400 5 1/2
Bluefield (Orioles) 7 14 .333 7
Burlington (Royals) 4 17 .190 10
West Division
W L Pct. GB
Elizabethton (Twins) 17 4 .810 —
Bristol (White Sox) 10 7 .588 5
Kingsport (Mets) 12 10 .545 5 1/2
Johnson City (Cardinals) 10 12 .455 7 1/2
Greeneville (Astros) 9 13 .409 8 1/2
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Wednesday’s Games
Bluefield at Danville, ppd, rain
Bristol at Princeton, ppd, rain
Greeneville 9, Burlington 0
Elizabethton 5, Kingsport 4, 1st game
Elizabethton 3, Kingsport 1, 2nd game
Pulaski 5, Johnson City 2, 1st game
Pulaski 8, Johnson City 5, 2nd game
Thursday’s Games
Bluefield at Danville
Bristol at Princeton
Burlington at Greeneville
Kingsport at Elizabethton
Pulaski at Johnson City
Friday’s Games
Bluefield at Princeton
Bristol at Greeneville
Burlington at Danville
Elizabethton at Johnson City
Kingsport at Pulaski

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Pulaski sweeps two from Johnson City

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. — The Pulaski Mariners needed two late rallies in order to win both ends of a double-header against the Johnson City Cardinals Wednesday evening. The Mariners scored four runs in the sixth inning to take game one 5-2, while Pulaski utilized a six-run fourth inning to win game two 8-5.
Pulaski (13-8) is now riding a five-game winning streak, pulling them within one game of the division leading Danville Braves.
Game one saw the Mariners jump to a quick 1-0 lead in the first on the heels of a Juan Fuentes double that scored Jacob Shaffer. That lead would stand until the bottom of the fifth when Pulaski starting pitcher Fabian Williamson would give up two runs on two hits. Andres Esquibel (1-0) would come on in relief of Williamson and get the Mariners out of the fifth with no additional damage being done.
Pulaski would jump back on top in the sixth when Kris Sanchez doubled with the bases loaded, driving in three runs. The Mariners would score an additional run in the inning when George Soto would knock Sanchez in on a single, putting Pulaski up 5-2.
Jeff Dunbar would pitch a perfect seventh to seal the victory and pick up his third save of the season.
Game two saw the Mariners jump to an early lead once again, scoring two runs off of Johnson City starter Michael Blazek before Blazek could even retire a batter.
That lead would quickly disappear, however, as Pulaski would give up five runs over the next three innings to fall into a 5-2 hole.
The Mariners would jump on top for good when the fourth inning saw them score six runs on five hits, including Jose Rivero’s tie-breaking three-run home run with two outs that would put Pulaski ahead 8-5.
Jose Rios (2-2) pitched three innings of scoreless ball to get the win. Philip Roy pitched a no-hit seventh to notch his first save of the season.
Rivero lead the Mariners offense on Wednesday, going 4-for-7 with one homer, four RBIs, and two runs scored in the victories. Sanchez also had a strong performance, hitting a double while gathering three RBIs. Seven different Mariners collected RBI’s between the two wins.
The Mariners will attempt to complete a sweep of Johnson City tonight before returning to Calfee Park Friday evening to face the Kingsport Mets. Game time is set for 7 p.m.

Appalachian League
East Division
W L Pct. GB
Danville (Braves) 14 7 .667 —
Pulaski (Mariners) 13 8 .619 1
Princeton (Rays) 8 12 .400 5 1/2
Bluefield (Orioles) 7 14 .333 7
Burlington (Royals) 4 17 .190 10
West Division
W L Pct. GB
Elizabethton (Twins) 17 4 .810 —
Bristol (White Sox) 10 7 .588 5
Kingsport (Mets) 12 10 .545 5 1/2
Johnson City (Cardinals) 10 12 .455 7 1/2
Greeneville (Astros) 9 13 .409 8 1/2
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Wednesday’s Games
Bluefield at Danville, ppd, rain
Bristol at Princeton, ppd, rain
Greeneville 9, Burlington 0
Elizabethton 5, Kingsport 4, 1st game
Elizabethton 3, Kingsport 1, 2nd game
Pulaski 5, Johnson City 2, 1st game
Pulaski 8, Johnson City 5, 2nd game
Thursday’s Games
Bluefield at Danville
Bristol at Princeton
Burlington at Greeneville
Kingsport at Elizabethton
Pulaski at Johnson City
Friday’s Games
Bluefield at Princeton
Bristol at Greeneville
Burlington at Danville
Elizabethton at Johnson City
Kingsport at Pulaski

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