The Pulaski Yankees beat the Bluefield Blue Jays by a score of 5-2 on Thursday night at Calfee Park. Starting pitcher Jio Orozco was sharp on the mound pitching six innings of one run baseball. He allowed just two hits and struck out six Blue Jays. He picked up the win to move his season record to 2-0.
The Yankees took the lead in the top of the 2nd. With two outs second baseman Yeison Corredera gave the Yankees the 1-0 advnagtage on an infield single that scored Eric Wagaman. Andy Diaz kept the inning alive with a single into right field to score Andres Chaparro to make the score 2-0.
Chaparro gave Pulaski a 4-0 lead on a two run bomb in the bottom of the 3rd.
The Blue Jays got on the board in the top of the 4th on a solo homerun from McGregory Contreras to make the score 4-1.
The Yankees answered back and plated another run in the bottom of the 4th. Leobaldo Cabrera led off with a standup double and scored on an RBI groundout by Corredera to extend the Yankees lead to 5-1.
Yankees right fielder Steven Sensley smashed a double to centerfield to lead off the bottom of the 5th. Dermis Garcia grounded out to advance Sensley to 3rd. Blue Jays starter Randy Pondler was then pulled from the game. Pondler gave up three earned runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings of work. He took the loss to drop his season record to 1-1.
Reliever Kelyn Jose took over with one out and was able to strand Sensley on 3rd. A Wagaman strikeout followed by a Chaparro ground out ended the inning.
Southpaw Tyler Honahan took over in the top of the 7th for Orozco. With one out Ryan Noda singled and Yorman Rodrizuez was hit by a pitch to put runners on 1st and 2nd. On a full count Ryan Gold punched a base hit through the left side of the infield to drive home Noda which made the score 5-2. Mark Seyler was brought in from the bullpen to stop the bleeding. He stymied the Blue Jays rally by getting Antony Fuentes to ground into a double play to end the inning.
Seyler stayed on to pitch in the 9th. He preserved the Yankees 5-2 lead and picked up his first save of the season. The Yankees look to sweep the Blue Jays on Friday night at Calfee Park. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm.