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Sanchez slugs M’s past Mets

PULASKI – With the tying run on second base and no one out in the ninth inning, it looked like more of the same between the Pulaski Mariners and Kingsport Mets – despite Pulaski’s 6-5 lead. The Mariners, who were swept by the Mets in dominating fashion earlier this season, looked as though they might continue to slump versus Kingsport. The Mets, who had outscored the Mariners by a margin of 27-11 in their previous three meetings, were determined to not go quietly into the night.
Alas, it was not to be for the Mets.
The Mariners survived a ninth inning rally that left the tying run stranded on second base, defeating the Kingsport Mets 6-5 at Calfee Park Friday night. The win was Pulaski’s (15-8) seventh in a row, and their first over Kingsport (12-11) this season.
The Mariners jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the game, due in part to homeruns hit by first baseman Kris Sanchez and outfielder Kalian Sams. Sanchez then went deep for a second time in the eighth inning to give the Mariners an insurance run – a run that would ultimately prove to be the difference maker.
After six strong innings of work, starter Brooks Mohr (2-1) was lifted for relievers Tommy Johannesen-Ellis and Blake Nation. Mohr allowed only one run on five hits, striking out seven Mets.
Johannesen-Ellis and Nation were able to combine for four more K’s, but they were not as solid as Mohr, giving up four runs over the final three innings.
The ninth inning looked as though it would have a disastrous finish for the Mariners, as a throwing error – by Nation, no less – allowed a runner to reach first to open the inning. A run-scoring single followed by a passed ball by catcher Juan Fuentes put the tying run on second base with no outs.
Nation was able to keep his composure and retire the next three batters in order, clinching his second save of the season.
Sanchez led off the fourth and eighth innings with solo homers, his fourth and fifth of the season. He also drove in the game’s opening run on a fielder’s choice in the second, finishing the day 2-for-4 with three RBI’s. Sams hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning, his team-leading seventh of the season. Together Sams and Sanchez would be all that the Mariners would need on offense, driving in all six runs for Pulaski in the game.
The Mariners will finish up their series versus Kingsport on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The M’s will then embark upon a nine-day, three-city road trip before returning to Calfee Park on July 23.

Kingsport 001 000 121 – 5 11 0
Pulaski 010 130 01x – 6 11 2
W – Mohr. L – Melendez. S – Nation.
HR – Sams, 5th, two on; Sanchez 2, 4th, none on; 8th, none on.

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Sanchez slugs M’s past Mets

PULASKI – With the tying run on second base and no one out in the ninth inning, it looked like more of the same between the Pulaski Mariners and Kingsport Mets – despite Pulaski’s 6-5 lead. The Mariners, who were swept by the Mets in dominating fashion earlier this season, looked as though they might continue to slump versus Kingsport. The Mets, who had outscored the Mariners by a margin of 27-11 in their previous three meetings, were determined to not go quietly into the night.
Alas, it was not to be for the Mets.
The Mariners survived a ninth inning rally that left the tying run stranded on second base, defeating the Kingsport Mets 6-5 at Calfee Park Friday night. The win was Pulaski’s (15-8) seventh in a row, and their first over Kingsport (12-11) this season.
The Mariners jumped out to a 5-1 lead early in the game, due in part to homeruns hit by first baseman Kris Sanchez and outfielder Kalian Sams. Sanchez then went deep for a second time in the eighth inning to give the Mariners an insurance run – a run that would ultimately prove to be the difference maker.
After six strong innings of work, starter Brooks Mohr (2-1) was lifted for relievers Tommy Johannesen-Ellis and Blake Nation. Mohr allowed only one run on five hits, striking out seven Mets.
Johannesen-Ellis and Nation were able to combine for four more K’s, but they were not as solid as Mohr, giving up four runs over the final three innings.
The ninth inning looked as though it would have a disastrous finish for the Mariners, as a throwing error – by Nation, no less – allowed a runner to reach first to open the inning. A run-scoring single followed by a passed ball by catcher Juan Fuentes put the tying run on second base with no outs.
Nation was able to keep his composure and retire the next three batters in order, clinching his second save of the season.
Sanchez led off the fourth and eighth innings with solo homers, his fourth and fifth of the season. He also drove in the game’s opening run on a fielder’s choice in the second, finishing the day 2-for-4 with three RBI’s. Sams hit a three-run shot in the fifth inning, his team-leading seventh of the season. Together Sams and Sanchez would be all that the Mariners would need on offense, driving in all six runs for Pulaski in the game.
The Mariners will finish up their series versus Kingsport on Sunday evening at 7 p.m. The M’s will then embark upon a nine-day, three-city road trip before returning to Calfee Park on July 23.

Kingsport 001 000 121 – 5 11 0
Pulaski 010 130 01x – 6 11 2
W – Mohr. L – Melendez. S – Nation.
HR – Sams, 5th, two on; Sanchez 2, 4th, none on; 8th, none on.

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