The Pulaski Yankees (22-11) shutout the Elizabethton Twins (20-14) by a score of 1-0 in a pitcher’s duel Wednesday night at Calfee Park. The two teams combined for just seven total hits.
Yankees starter Luis Medina had an impressive first outing at Calfee Park. In 4.2 innings pitched he held the Twins to one hit while walking three and striking out two. Carlos Espinal (2-1) earned the win for the pinstipers by pitching 3.2 innings of scoreless relief while striking out three hitters.
The Yankees sole run came in the top of the 4th thanks to a solo shot from Steven Sensley. Sensley’s homer was his 9th of the season.
The Twins threatened to score in the top of the 4th by putting runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs but Medina was able to get Mark Contreras to fly out to end the inning.
The Twins best opportunity came in the top of the 7th when they loaded the bases with one out. Espinal was able to bear down by getting Ariel Montesino to pop up in the infield and Jose Miranda to fly out to preserve the Yankees lead.
Elizabethton tried to tie the score in the 9th. Rainis Silva sent a single into right and T.J. Dixon followed with a perfectly executed bunt base hit to put runners on 1st and 2nd with only one out.
Yankees closer Kaleb Ort took over and nailed down the 1-0 win. Ort got Akil Baddoo to go down looking for the second out before Montesino sent a hot shot down the first base line. First baseman Eric Wagaman gloved it and flipped to Ort at the bag to beat Montesino and record the final out. Ort earned his sixth save of the season.
The Yankees head to Bluefield for a three game set before returning to Calfee Park on Sunday night to face the Johnson City Cardinals.