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Top pitcher gone, but hitting strong for M’s

PULASKI — Pitching has been a highlight of the Pulaski Mariners’ young season.
If you look at the stats, the team ranks in the middle of the pack in ERA with 4.57, but the numbers are deceiving as the players on the hill have been great — 171 K’s compared to 64 walks, the second best WHIP ratio in the league.
The team has also recorded a league best nine saves, and the 181 innings pitched ranks second.
On a down note, the M’s have lost one of the league’s top pitchers. Kenn Kasparek has been moved to Everett, Seattle’s other rookie league team. He was one of the league’s leaders with three wins and 24 strikeouts. He also had only walked three people.
Nick Czyz and Jose Rios are now the team leaders with two wins apiece.
The flipside is also good — batting that is. Pulaski is second in the league with a .280 average, behind a hot Elizabethton at .301. Pulaski’s Kris Sanchez leads the league with a .389 average. His teammate, Mario Martinez has cooled off as of late, but still has a .346 average to rank in the top 10. Jose Rivero is also hitting a modest .338.

NEW ADDITION — Pulaski has added pitcher Brent Gaphardt to the mix in the last few days, along with middle infielder George Soto, who knows a little about Pulaski. His brother played for Toronto when the Jays were here.
Soto recorded four season high three-hit games and multi-double games twice while playing in the ‘07 Dominican Summer League. He hit 18 doubles, three triples, one home run and 30 RBI’s in 57 games.

ONE-RUN WONDERS — Pulaski’s back-to-back one-run victories over Bristol on Tuesday and Wednesday improved the Mariners to 5-0 this season in contests decided by a single run.

WHO’S HOT — Can you feel the sizzle? You can’t be much hotter than 1B Kris Sanchez is right now for the M’s. Sanchez went 10-for-15 last week with two homers and six runs driven in. He was especially difficult on the BriSox in the last three games of the four-game set, going 9-for-12 with a long ball and five RBIs. For the season, Sanchez is batting .370, good for fifth in the league.

GRAND SAMS — After a miserable start to the season, Kalian Sams has rebounded with a vengeance. The power-hitting outfielder has blasted four home runs in his last three contests, including two Friday night against Princeton. Sams has five long balls and 10 RBIs on the season, all of which have come in his last eight contests. But he does still lead the Appy in strikeouts with 29.

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Top pitcher gone, but hitting strong for M’s

PULASKI — Pitching has been a highlight of the Pulaski Mariners’ young season.
If you look at the stats, the team ranks in the middle of the pack in ERA with 4.57, but the numbers are deceiving as the players on the hill have been great — 171 K’s compared to 64 walks, the second best WHIP ratio in the league.
The team has also recorded a league best nine saves, and the 181 innings pitched ranks second.
On a down note, the M’s have lost one of the league’s top pitchers. Kenn Kasparek has been moved to Everett, Seattle’s other rookie league team. He was one of the league’s leaders with three wins and 24 strikeouts. He also had only walked three people.
Nick Czyz and Jose Rios are now the team leaders with two wins apiece.
The flipside is also good — batting that is. Pulaski is second in the league with a .280 average, behind a hot Elizabethton at .301. Pulaski’s Kris Sanchez leads the league with a .389 average. His teammate, Mario Martinez has cooled off as of late, but still has a .346 average to rank in the top 10. Jose Rivero is also hitting a modest .338.

NEW ADDITION — Pulaski has added pitcher Brent Gaphardt to the mix in the last few days, along with middle infielder George Soto, who knows a little about Pulaski. His brother played for Toronto when the Jays were here.
Soto recorded four season high three-hit games and multi-double games twice while playing in the ‘07 Dominican Summer League. He hit 18 doubles, three triples, one home run and 30 RBI’s in 57 games.

ONE-RUN WONDERS — Pulaski’s back-to-back one-run victories over Bristol on Tuesday and Wednesday improved the Mariners to 5-0 this season in contests decided by a single run.

WHO’S HOT — Can you feel the sizzle? You can’t be much hotter than 1B Kris Sanchez is right now for the M’s. Sanchez went 10-for-15 last week with two homers and six runs driven in. He was especially difficult on the BriSox in the last three games of the four-game set, going 9-for-12 with a long ball and five RBIs. For the season, Sanchez is batting .370, good for fifth in the league.

GRAND SAMS — After a miserable start to the season, Kalian Sams has rebounded with a vengeance. The power-hitting outfielder has blasted four home runs in his last three contests, including two Friday night against Princeton. Sams has five long balls and 10 RBIs on the season, all of which have come in his last eight contests. But he does still lead the Appy in strikeouts with 29.

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