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Danville no-hits Pulaski

DANVILLE — It is a good thing that Mother Nature took pity upon the Pulaski bats Tuesday night, because Danville starting pitcher David Francis certainly didn’t.
Francis (3-1) struck out 16 Mariners over six innings en route to a rain-shortened 1-0 no-hit victory for the Danville Braves (20-15).
The loss, the Mariners’ second in the last three games against the Braves, marked the first series that Pulaski (22-12) has lost since being swept by the Kingsport Mets June 26-28.
With the win, Danville inched ever closer to regaining the lead in the East Division from Pulaski, cutting their deficit to 2-1/2 games.
Francis, who came into the game with 19 strikeouts over his prior four appearances, struck out every Mariners batter at least once, allowing only two runners to reach base via walk.
He struck out the side in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Francis accomplished a rare feat, striking out four Pulaski batters when Juan Fuentes reached first after striking out on a wild pitch.
Any contact the Mariners made off of Francis had to seem like a small victory, as Francis retired only three Mariners with an out other than a K.
If not for a storm system raging through the Mid-Atlantic States, Francis could have pushed his strikeout total to historic ranges. An hour-and-a-half rain delay caused Francis to be pulled prior to the start of the seventh inning for Matthew Small, who retired one batter before the skies opened back up and the game was called for good.
Not to be outdone, Mariners starting pitcher Brooks Mohr (3-2) had a strong outing of his own, going all six innings, scattering seven hits and allowing one run.
Mohr’s only mistake came in the third inning, when a wild pitch allowed a Danville runner to score from third base. Mohr escaped the inning without further damage, but one run would be all that the Braves would need to clinch the victory.
The Mariners return to Calfee Park tonight to face the Burlington Royals. The Mariners took two out of three from the cellar-dwelling Royals in their match-up earlier this season. Game time is 7 p.m.
Tonight is Lou Gehrig Night at the ballpark, with special attention being given to the symptoms and problems associated with ALS. It will also be Pulaski County Summer School Night.

PUL 000 000 0 — 0 0 0
DAN 010 000 x — 1 7 0

WP — Francis (3-1)
LP — Mohr (3-2)
SV — Small (3)
HR — None.

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Danville no-hits Pulaski

DANVILLE — It is a good thing that Mother Nature took pity upon the Pulaski bats Tuesday night, because Danville starting pitcher David Francis certainly didn’t.
Francis (3-1) struck out 16 Mariners over six innings en route to a rain-shortened 1-0 no-hit victory for the Danville Braves (20-15).
The loss, the Mariners’ second in the last three games against the Braves, marked the first series that Pulaski (22-12) has lost since being swept by the Kingsport Mets June 26-28.
With the win, Danville inched ever closer to regaining the lead in the East Division from Pulaski, cutting their deficit to 2-1/2 games.
Francis, who came into the game with 19 strikeouts over his prior four appearances, struck out every Mariners batter at least once, allowing only two runners to reach base via walk.
He struck out the side in the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. In the fourth, Francis accomplished a rare feat, striking out four Pulaski batters when Juan Fuentes reached first after striking out on a wild pitch.
Any contact the Mariners made off of Francis had to seem like a small victory, as Francis retired only three Mariners with an out other than a K.
If not for a storm system raging through the Mid-Atlantic States, Francis could have pushed his strikeout total to historic ranges. An hour-and-a-half rain delay caused Francis to be pulled prior to the start of the seventh inning for Matthew Small, who retired one batter before the skies opened back up and the game was called for good.
Not to be outdone, Mariners starting pitcher Brooks Mohr (3-2) had a strong outing of his own, going all six innings, scattering seven hits and allowing one run.
Mohr’s only mistake came in the third inning, when a wild pitch allowed a Danville runner to score from third base. Mohr escaped the inning without further damage, but one run would be all that the Braves would need to clinch the victory.
The Mariners return to Calfee Park tonight to face the Burlington Royals. The Mariners took two out of three from the cellar-dwelling Royals in their match-up earlier this season. Game time is 7 p.m.
Tonight is Lou Gehrig Night at the ballpark, with special attention being given to the symptoms and problems associated with ALS. It will also be Pulaski County Summer School Night.

PUL 000 000 0 — 0 0 0
DAN 010 000 x — 1 7 0

WP — Francis (3-1)
LP — Mohr (3-2)
SV — Small (3)
HR — None.

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