Pulaski Yankees Drop Series Opener 3-2

The Bristol Pirates pitching staff held the Pulaski Yankees to three hits in route to picking up a 3-2 win on Saturday night at Calfee Park.

Pirates’ starter Braeden Ogle (2-3) earned the win by tossing five shutout innings while surrendering only one hit and striking out seven. Reliever Alex Manasa allowed no hits and struck out five in three innings of shutout relief.

Pulaski starting pitcher Alexander Vizcaino (3-4) was saddled with the loss after giving up two earned runs on four hits in four innings pitched.

Bristol took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd. Henrry Rosario singled and Kyle Watson lined a double off the right field wall to open inning. With one out Yondry Contreras sent a grounder to 3rd that scored Rosario for the game’s first run.  Luis Perez followed with a base hit up the middle that chased home Watson.

The Pirates added another run in the top of the 9th. Perez was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning and stole 2nd base. Melvin Jimenez dropped down a sacrifice bunt to move Perez to 3rd with one out. Perez scored on a wild pitch by Yankees’ reliever Simon De La Rosa to give the Pirates a three run advantage going into the bottom of the 9th.

The Yankees rallied in the 9th of off Pirates’ reliever Mason Ward. Victor Rey singled to begin the inning and Dario Unda sent his second homer of the season over the right centerfield wall to cut the pinstripers deficit to 3-2.  Leobaldo Cabrera walked to put the tying run on base which brought Evan Piechota into the game. Piechota got Ricky Surum to pop out to end the game and earn his first save of the season.

The two teams will square off tonight for game two of their four-game set. First pitch is slated for 7 pm.