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Danville looms for Mariners

PULASKI — After what has been an up and down week at the plate and on the scoreboard, the Pulaski Mariners still hold on to first place in the Appalachian League East. Second place Danville has its own troubles on the scoreboard, and still remains in second despite several chances to gain ground. The M’s boast the best record in the league with 25 wins.
Danville looming …The Braves are still within striking distance and can’t wait for a six-game set that begins next Wednesday. Danville is 3 1?2 behind Pulaski in the East. With last night’s loss, Princeton falls to nine back.
Players to watch … Juan Fuentes still leads the M’s and the league with a .402 average, but sliding almost 40 points in the past week. Princeton’s Elias Otero slipped back into second and has a .367 clip

Homerun watch… Four and counting. Only four players for the M’s have not had a long ball this season. Jacob Shaffer, Gabriel Noriega, George Soto, and Tommy Johnson have goose eggs.
Team batting…After leading the league for almost a month, the M’s have fallen on sad times at the plate, sliding to third in average at .276. Kingsport, which has to be the hottest team in the league right now, has moved into the top spot with a sizzling .284 clip. Elizabethton is second at .279.
Speaking of hot … Kingsport has moved from third in the Appy West to a tie with Elizabethton for first place. And the West race is shaping up to be a wild one—Every team is within 3 1?2 games. Greenville, who seemed out of it in last place, has now climbed within striking distance.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW … The Mariners’ July 20 win in Danville was their 14th in 16 games. Since then, however, Pulaski has dropped four of six. The Braves won the final two of the series early in the week before Burlington took two of three from the Mariners, tightening the race in the East. Pulaski is still in first, though, 2 1/2 games in front of Danville.
WHO’S HOT … It was nearly impossible to keep SS Deybis Benitez off the bases last week. Benitez compiled seven hits in four starts, including his second home run of the season Saturday against Princeton. Benitez had two doubles in a 3-for-4 performance Thursday versus Burlington and added a double Friday against the Royals. That night, he also picked up four walks. For the week, the 21-year-old reached base in 13 of his 18 plate appearances for an OBP of .722.
POPULAR IN PULASKI … Gov. Tim Kaine paid Calfee Park a visit Friday night, throwing out the first pitch before the Mariners’ game with Burlington. The Royals won the game, 13-7, but Kaine’s visit acknowledged the support the state of Virginia has for baseball in Pulaski. After a one-year hiatus from the league, the Mariners have drawn more than 17,000 fans in 16 dates, and their 1,108-fan average is fourth in the league.

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Danville looms for Mariners

PULASKI — After what has been an up and down week at the plate and on the scoreboard, the Pulaski Mariners still hold on to first place in the Appalachian League East. Second place Danville has its own troubles on the scoreboard, and still remains in second despite several chances to gain ground. The M’s boast the best record in the league with 25 wins.
Danville looming …The Braves are still within striking distance and can’t wait for a six-game set that begins next Wednesday. Danville is 3 1?2 behind Pulaski in the East. With last night’s loss, Princeton falls to nine back.
Players to watch … Juan Fuentes still leads the M’s and the league with a .402 average, but sliding almost 40 points in the past week. Princeton’s Elias Otero slipped back into second and has a .367 clip

Homerun watch… Four and counting. Only four players for the M’s have not had a long ball this season. Jacob Shaffer, Gabriel Noriega, George Soto, and Tommy Johnson have goose eggs.
Team batting…After leading the league for almost a month, the M’s have fallen on sad times at the plate, sliding to third in average at .276. Kingsport, which has to be the hottest team in the league right now, has moved into the top spot with a sizzling .284 clip. Elizabethton is second at .279.
Speaking of hot … Kingsport has moved from third in the Appy West to a tie with Elizabethton for first place. And the West race is shaping up to be a wild one—Every team is within 3 1?2 games. Greenville, who seemed out of it in last place, has now climbed within striking distance.
THE WEEK IN REVIEW … The Mariners’ July 20 win in Danville was their 14th in 16 games. Since then, however, Pulaski has dropped four of six. The Braves won the final two of the series early in the week before Burlington took two of three from the Mariners, tightening the race in the East. Pulaski is still in first, though, 2 1/2 games in front of Danville.
WHO’S HOT … It was nearly impossible to keep SS Deybis Benitez off the bases last week. Benitez compiled seven hits in four starts, including his second home run of the season Saturday against Princeton. Benitez had two doubles in a 3-for-4 performance Thursday versus Burlington and added a double Friday against the Royals. That night, he also picked up four walks. For the week, the 21-year-old reached base in 13 of his 18 plate appearances for an OBP of .722.
POPULAR IN PULASKI … Gov. Tim Kaine paid Calfee Park a visit Friday night, throwing out the first pitch before the Mariners’ game with Burlington. The Royals won the game, 13-7, but Kaine’s visit acknowledged the support the state of Virginia has for baseball in Pulaski. After a one-year hiatus from the league, the Mariners have drawn more than 17,000 fans in 16 dates, and their 1,108-fan average is fourth in the league.

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