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Pulaski ends skid, 3-2

PULASKI — Some nights, things just don’t go your way. Some nights, everything goes your way. And some nights — such as Thursday for Mario Martinez — you take a ground ball to the face and still manage to drive in the game-winning run.
The young Pulaski Mariners third baseman shook off two early defensive errors and a bad hop to his face to drive in the eventual deciding run in Thursday’s 3-2 win over the Burlington Royals.
The win keeps Pulaski 2-1/2 games ahead of the Danville Braves for the lead in the Appalachian League East Division.
The normally sure-handed Martinez committed fielding errors in the fourth and the sixth innings. Later in the sixth inning, a sharply hit ground ball took a bad hop which appeared to catch Martinez flush on cheek, leaving him visibly shaken. Pulaski’s trainer conferred with the Venezuela native, and — after a few minutes of shaking out the cobwebs — he was ready to get back to baseball.
As the bottom half of the sixth inning began with the Mariners holding on to a 2-0 lead, Martinez stepped to the plate with one out and Deybis Benitez standing at third base.
Martinez lifted a fly ball to left field, deep enough to score Benitez and put the M’s up 3-0.
That extra run would make all of the difference as Pulaski reliever Kyle Brown would give up two runs in the top of the seventh inning on back-to-back extra base hits to bring the Royals within one run.
Andres Esquibel would come in to replace Brown on the mound, getting the Mariners out of the inning, and leaving the score at 3-2.
Closer Philip Roy came on in the ninth and, after allowing a leadoff double, shut the Royals down to clinch the win and his third save of the season.
The Mariners jumped on the board early with two runs coming in the first inning off of a single by Juan Fuentes and a triple off the bat of Jose Rivero.
Fabian Williamson (3-2) pitched five innings to pick up the win. It was literally hit-or-miss for Williamson, who struck out 10 Royals, but also walked five.
Benitez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored to lead the M’s. Rivero also picked up two hits for Pulaski, including his RBI triple in the first inning.
The Mariners (23-13) will finish-up their series against Burlington tonight at Calfee Park. First pitch will be at 7 p.m.
The Mariners will also be welcoming a special guest, as Virginia Governor Tim Kaine will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

BUR 000 000 200 — 2 8 0
PUL 200 001 00x — 3 6 2

WP — Williamson (3-2)
LP — Bryant (0-2)
SV — Roy (3)
HR — None.

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Pulaski ends skid, 3-2

PULASKI — Some nights, things just don’t go your way. Some nights, everything goes your way. And some nights — such as Thursday for Mario Martinez — you take a ground ball to the face and still manage to drive in the game-winning run.
The young Pulaski Mariners third baseman shook off two early defensive errors and a bad hop to his face to drive in the eventual deciding run in Thursday’s 3-2 win over the Burlington Royals.
The win keeps Pulaski 2-1/2 games ahead of the Danville Braves for the lead in the Appalachian League East Division.
The normally sure-handed Martinez committed fielding errors in the fourth and the sixth innings. Later in the sixth inning, a sharply hit ground ball took a bad hop which appeared to catch Martinez flush on cheek, leaving him visibly shaken. Pulaski’s trainer conferred with the Venezuela native, and — after a few minutes of shaking out the cobwebs — he was ready to get back to baseball.
As the bottom half of the sixth inning began with the Mariners holding on to a 2-0 lead, Martinez stepped to the plate with one out and Deybis Benitez standing at third base.
Martinez lifted a fly ball to left field, deep enough to score Benitez and put the M’s up 3-0.
That extra run would make all of the difference as Pulaski reliever Kyle Brown would give up two runs in the top of the seventh inning on back-to-back extra base hits to bring the Royals within one run.
Andres Esquibel would come in to replace Brown on the mound, getting the Mariners out of the inning, and leaving the score at 3-2.
Closer Philip Roy came on in the ninth and, after allowing a leadoff double, shut the Royals down to clinch the win and his third save of the season.
The Mariners jumped on the board early with two runs coming in the first inning off of a single by Juan Fuentes and a triple off the bat of Jose Rivero.
Fabian Williamson (3-2) pitched five innings to pick up the win. It was literally hit-or-miss for Williamson, who struck out 10 Royals, but also walked five.
Benitez went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored to lead the M’s. Rivero also picked up two hits for Pulaski, including his RBI triple in the first inning.
The Mariners (23-13) will finish-up their series against Burlington tonight at Calfee Park. First pitch will be at 7 p.m.
The Mariners will also be welcoming a special guest, as Virginia Governor Tim Kaine will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before tonight’s game.

BUR 000 000 200 — 2 8 0
PUL 200 001 00x — 3 6 2

WP — Williamson (3-2)
LP — Bryant (0-2)
SV — Roy (3)
HR — None.

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