Pulaski Leaves the Bases Loaded in Ninth
By MATTHEW WURZBURGER, PulaskiMariners.net
The Pulaski Mariners (14-14) slipped back to .500 after losing a nail biter to the Bluefield Blue Jays (16-13).
Troy Scott (2-2, 2.70 ERA) started the game for Pulaski, and struggled to find his rhythm early. Bluefield blitzed Scott for two quick singles before Scott could record an out. After Trent Miller walked to load the bases Scott struck out Rowdy Tellez and induced a fly out to escape the jam with no damage done.
Bluefield got to Scott for one run in the third inning. Rolando Segovia doubled to the right field power alley with one out to set the table for the Blue Jays. Following a Josh Almonte sacrifice, Trent Miller singled up the middle to score Segovia
The Mariners responded to tie the game in the bottom of the fourth. Jay Baum legged out an infield single and subsequently reached second on a wild pitch to reach second with no outs. Aggressive base running by Baum allowed him to take third base on a Carlton Tanabe fielder’s choice.
With runners on the corners, Wayne Taylor lined a bullet that deflected off the pitcher’s mound for a single which scored Baum. The RBI was Taylor’s 18th of the season—only Baum’s 19 are better on the team.
Bluefield seized hold of the game for good with a two run sixth against Rigoberto Garcia (0-1, 42.43). Garcia was erratic—he walked one batter and struck another—and Richard Urena drove them both home with a bases clearing double. Garcia received the loss.
Carlton Tanabe pulled the Mariners within one with his RBI single in the eighth. He drove home Rafael Fernandez who reached on a fielder’s choice earlier in the inning.
Pulaski threatened to take the game in the final frame after they loaded the bases. Estarlyn Morales walked and Georvic Perez singled to put two runners in scoring position with one out. The Blue Jays issued an intentional free pass to pinch hitter Daniel Torres to put three runners on.
Tom Verdi—who entered the game as a defensive substitute in the ninth—struck out to bring the Mariners to the brink. With the bases loaded and two outs Rafael Fernandez grounded out to first to end the rally, and the game.
Pulaski and Bluefield contest the second game of the three-game series tomorrow night at 7 p.