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Mariners top Braves 5-2

DANVILLE – The Pulaski Mariners took advantage of three errors to put four runs on the board in the seventh inning on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Danville Braves Sunday night.
The win, Pulaski’s (22-10) second straight, extends the Mariners grip on first place in the East Division to 4-1/2 games over the Braves (18-15).
The Mariners started off the scoring in the second inning when a Guy Welsh single scored Jose Rivero from third base to put the Mariners up 1-0.
Pulaski extended on that lead in the seventh inning when sloppy defense and a few well-timed hits allowed the Mariners to score four more runs, putting them up 5-0.
Welsh opened the inning with a double for the Mariners, and scored on a throwing error after Tommy Johnson reached first on a sacrifice bunt. A consecutive sacrifice bunt by George Soto, followed by another throwing error on the play, put runners on first and second with nobody out.
After a third consecutive sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base, and an intentional walk loaded the bases, back-to-back singles by Mario Martinez and Juan Fuentes knocked in three more runs for the Mariners.
Danville rallied to cut the deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth when three consecutive hits scored two runs off of reliever Philip Roy. Roy was able to retire the next three Braves’ batters to end the threat.
Starter Kyle Haas (1-2) pitched six-shutout innings for the Mariners, striking out six Braves while allowing only two hits. Blake Nation picked up his fifth save of the season with a hitless ninth inning.
Fuentes continued to rake for the Mariners, going 3-for-5 to bump his league-leading batting average to .460.
Martinez, Rivero and Welsh each had two hits and an RBI for Pulaski, while Rivero, Welsh, Johnson and Soto scored one run apiece.
The Mariners will continue their series versus Danville tonight at 7 p.m.

PUL 010 000 400 – 5 10 1
DAN 000 000 020 – 2 6 3

WP – Haas (1-2)
LP – Hodges (3-2)
S – Nation (5)
HR – none.

Pulaski whips Elizabethton

ELIZABETHTON, TN – If Elizabethton was trying to send Pulaski a message with their 9-0 shutout of the Mariners on Friday night, consider the message received.
The Pulaski Mariners – who were held to only three hits on Friday – rallied back to obliterate the Elizabethton Twins 15-3 Saturday night.
The Mariners (21-10) notched 16 hits – including three homeruns – and scored at least one run in all but three innings.
Kalian Sams hit two homeruns (9, 10) to lead the Mariners, knocking in two runs. Deybis Benitez, fresh from his excursion to Triple-A Tacoma, went 3-for-5 with a homerun and three RBI’s.
Tommy Johnson went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while Jacob Shaffer, Mario Martinez, Juan Fuentes and Gabriel Noriega each knocked in one run apiece.
Jose Rivero went hitless in the game but did contribute two RBI’s.
Fabian Williamson (2-2) was the benefactor of the offensive explosion, going six innings and allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight Twins.
The win marked Pulaski’s fifth series win in a row, going 14-2 over the last five series’.

PUL 012 136 200–15 16 2
ELI 101 000 010 – 3 5 2

WP – Williamson (2-2)
LP – Tippett (5-2)
HR – PUL: K. Sams 2 (10), D. Benitez (1). ELI: N. Romero (4).

Mariners top Braves 5-2

DANVILLE – The Pulaski Mariners took advantage of three errors to put four runs on the board in the seventh inning on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Danville Braves Sunday night.
The win, Pulaski’s (22-10) second straight, extends the Mariners grip on first place in the East Division to 4-1/2 games over the Braves (18-15).
The Mariners started off the scoring in the second inning when a Guy Welsh single scored Jose Rivero from third base to put the Mariners up 1-0.
Pulaski extended on that lead in the seventh inning when sloppy defense and a few well-timed hits allowed the Mariners to score four more runs, putting them up 5-0.
Welsh opened the inning with a double for the Mariners, and scored on a throwing error after Tommy Johnson reached first on a sacrifice bunt. A consecutive sacrifice bunt by George Soto, followed by another throwing error on the play, put runners on first and second with nobody out.
After a third consecutive sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base, and an intentional walk loaded the bases, back-to-back singles by Mario Martinez and Juan Fuentes knocked in three more runs for the Mariners.
Danville rallied to cut the deficit to 5-2 in the bottom of the eighth when three consecutive hits scored two runs off of reliever Philip Roy. Roy was able to retire the next three Braves’ batters to end the threat.
Starter Kyle Haas (1-2) pitched six-shutout innings for the Mariners, striking out six Braves while allowing only two hits. Blake Nation picked up his fifth save of the season with a hitless ninth inning.
Fuentes continued to rake for the Mariners, going 3-for-5 to bump his league-leading batting average to .460.
Martinez, Rivero and Welsh each had two hits and an RBI for Pulaski, while Rivero, Welsh, Johnson and Soto scored one run apiece.
The Mariners will continue their series versus Danville tonight at 7 p.m.

PUL 010 000 400 – 5 10 1
DAN 000 000 020 – 2 6 3

WP – Haas (1-2)
LP – Hodges (3-2)
S – Nation (5)
HR – none.

Pulaski whips Elizabethton

ELIZABETHTON, TN – If Elizabethton was trying to send Pulaski a message with their 9-0 shutout of the Mariners on Friday night, consider the message received.
The Pulaski Mariners – who were held to only three hits on Friday – rallied back to obliterate the Elizabethton Twins 15-3 Saturday night.
The Mariners (21-10) notched 16 hits – including three homeruns – and scored at least one run in all but three innings.
Kalian Sams hit two homeruns (9, 10) to lead the Mariners, knocking in two runs. Deybis Benitez, fresh from his excursion to Triple-A Tacoma, went 3-for-5 with a homerun and three RBI’s.
Tommy Johnson went 4-for-5 with three runs scored, while Jacob Shaffer, Mario Martinez, Juan Fuentes and Gabriel Noriega each knocked in one run apiece.
Jose Rivero went hitless in the game but did contribute two RBI’s.
Fabian Williamson (2-2) was the benefactor of the offensive explosion, going six innings and allowing two runs on four hits while striking out eight Twins.
The win marked Pulaski’s fifth series win in a row, going 14-2 over the last five series’.

PUL 012 136 200–15 16 2
ELI 101 000 010 – 3 5 2

WP – Williamson (2-2)
LP – Tippett (5-2)
HR – PUL: K. Sams 2 (10), D. Benitez (1). ELI: N. Romero (4).