Pirates shut out Pulaski in series finale
By MATTHEW WURZBURGER, PulaskiMariners.net
Ricardo Pereira got the spot start for the Mariners. Pereira pitched 4.2 innings and allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out four.
“Pereira didn’t pitch poorly, but he did make a few mistakes” said Rob Mummau. “He left some balls up which were hit hard. He has been good for us all year, so I know he’ll bounce back next time.”
Bristol drew first blood with two runs in the third inning. Carlos Ozuna and Candon Myles opened the inning with back-to-back singles. The two runners advanced on a throwing error during a pickoff attempt by Pereira. A single by Edgardo Munoz sends Ozuna home for the first Pirates run of the night. Myles scores the second Pirates run of the inning on a ground ball to second base.
The Pirates scored once in the sixth inning to push their lead to five to nothing. Bristol loaded the bases with no outs. Luis Pina induced a ground ball double play which scored Trae Arbet but placed two outs on the board.
All night long the Pulaski batters were befuddled. The Mariners scratched out five hits—two by Tom Verdi—but could not plate a run. Verdi’s eighth inning double was the lone extra base hit for the team.
This shutout comes after Pulaski’s offense had been clicking. Over the previous four games the Mariners had slugged four home runs.
“Their pitchers had a good idea of what to do” said Mummau. “You have to tip your cap to them and try to do better tomorrow.”
The Mariners prepare for a three game series with the Princeton Rays. First pitch begins at 7 p.m.