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Miscues, homers doom Pulaski in front of Kaine

PULASKI — Perhaps playing before Virginia Governor Tim Kaine gave some of the Pulaski Mariners the jitters. What else could explain the M’s committing a season-high nine errors — including four before they could record a single out in the first inning — leading to a 13-7 defeat at the hands of the Burlington Royals?
The loss is Pulaski’s fourth in the last five games, giving the M’s a 4-6 record since their 12-game winning streak was snapped on July 16.
Governor Kaine, who was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and to catch a few innings of Mariners baseball, was treated to the ugliest first inning of baseball in recent memory as Pulaski (23-14) committed four errors — leading to four unearned runs — before they could even record an out in the ballgame.
Eventually the Mariners were able to get themselves under control and get out of the first facing a surmountable 4-1 deficit, taking advantage of a wild pitch in the bottom of the first which scored Deybis Benitez.
After allowing another Royals run in the top of the second, the Mariners were able to cut into their deficit even further as they scored three runs in the top of the third, pulling them within one run at 5-4.
Unfortunately, the M’s couldn’t keep pace as the Royals hit back-to-back-to-back homeruns off of Pulaski reliever Tommy Johannesen-Ellis — including a grand slam from Josh Vittek, who had five RBI’s on the evening — in a six-run fourth inning, putting Burlington up 11-4.
The Mariners were able to make things a bit more interesting in a three-run eighth inning, ultimately getting the tying run to the plate in the form of Blake Trinkler, who subsequently grounded out to end Pulaski’s last good chance.
The Royals were able to put two more runs on the board in the ninth, leading to the final tally of 13-7.
Starting pitcher Kyle Haas (1-3) took the loss for the M’s, giving up five runs — only one earned, however — on three hits in two innings of work.
Native Australian Johannesen-Ellis did no favors for his already swollen ERA, giving up six runs (five earned) on three homeruns in less than two innings of relief for the Mariners.
The Mariners got two hits from Tommy Johnson and Jose Rivero, while Benitez scored twice for Pulaski, going 1-for-1 with a double while reaching base four times via walk.
The M’s received one RBI apiece from Mario Martinez, Juan Fuentes, Rivero and George Soto.
Fuentes, who has come back down to Earth recently after a hot stretch, is 2-for-14 over the last five games, seeing his league-leading batting average drop to a still-mind boggling .416.
The Mariners began a three-game series with the Princeton Rays beginning on Saturday night. Heading into the series, Pulaski currently sported a perfect 6-0 record versus the Rays on the season.

Miscues, homers doom Pulaski in front of Kaine

PULASKI — Perhaps playing before Virginia Governor Tim Kaine gave some of the Pulaski Mariners the jitters. What else could explain the M’s committing a season-high nine errors — including four before they could record a single out in the first inning — leading to a 13-7 defeat at the hands of the Burlington Royals?
The loss is Pulaski’s fourth in the last five games, giving the M’s a 4-6 record since their 12-game winning streak was snapped on July 16.
Governor Kaine, who was on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch and to catch a few innings of Mariners baseball, was treated to the ugliest first inning of baseball in recent memory as Pulaski (23-14) committed four errors — leading to four unearned runs — before they could even record an out in the ballgame.
Eventually the Mariners were able to get themselves under control and get out of the first facing a surmountable 4-1 deficit, taking advantage of a wild pitch in the bottom of the first which scored Deybis Benitez.
After allowing another Royals run in the top of the second, the Mariners were able to cut into their deficit even further as they scored three runs in the top of the third, pulling them within one run at 5-4.
Unfortunately, the M’s couldn’t keep pace as the Royals hit back-to-back-to-back homeruns off of Pulaski reliever Tommy Johannesen-Ellis — including a grand slam from Josh Vittek, who had five RBI’s on the evening — in a six-run fourth inning, putting Burlington up 11-4.
The Mariners were able to make things a bit more interesting in a three-run eighth inning, ultimately getting the tying run to the plate in the form of Blake Trinkler, who subsequently grounded out to end Pulaski’s last good chance.
The Royals were able to put two more runs on the board in the ninth, leading to the final tally of 13-7.
Starting pitcher Kyle Haas (1-3) took the loss for the M’s, giving up five runs — only one earned, however — on three hits in two innings of work.
Native Australian Johannesen-Ellis did no favors for his already swollen ERA, giving up six runs (five earned) on three homeruns in less than two innings of relief for the Mariners.
The Mariners got two hits from Tommy Johnson and Jose Rivero, while Benitez scored twice for Pulaski, going 1-for-1 with a double while reaching base four times via walk.
The M’s received one RBI apiece from Mario Martinez, Juan Fuentes, Rivero and George Soto.
Fuentes, who has come back down to Earth recently after a hot stretch, is 2-for-14 over the last five games, seeing his league-leading batting average drop to a still-mind boggling .416.
The Mariners began a three-game series with the Princeton Rays beginning on Saturday night. Heading into the series, Pulaski currently sported a perfect 6-0 record versus the Rays on the season.