The Pulaski Yankees used a three run rally in the bottom of the 8th to get past the Burlington Royals by a score of 4-2 on Sunday night at Calfee Park.
Cleanup hitter Steven Sensley led the way with a homerun and three RBI. Reliever Chaz Herbert also helped the Yankees cause by pitching three innings of scoreless relief. He struck out five batters and picked up his first win of the season (1-0).
The Yankees took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on a two out RBI double from Sensley that allowed Pablo Olivares to score from 2nd.
The Royals threatened to tie the score in the top of the 2nd. Sebastian Rivero sent a two out double into left and Cal Jones followed with a single up the middle. Rivero tried to score but was gunned down at a plate on a rocket throw from Olivares in center to preserve the Yankees 1-0 advantage.
Burlington took the lead in the bottom of the 3rd. Oliver Nunez laced a single back up the middle and then stole 2nd base. Michael Gigliotti singled to move Nunez to 3rd and then swiped 2nd to put two runners in scoring position with no outs.
Nunez scored to tie the game at 1-1 after Jeison Guzman sent a grounder to 1st that got by Eric Wagaman and into right field. Gigliotti later scored to make it 2-1 after catcher Saul Torres airmailed a snap throw to 3rd into leftfield.
Herbert took over for starter Jio Orozco in the top of the 6th. Orozco went five innings and surrendered two earned runs while striking out two batters.
The Yankees reclaimed the lead in the top of the 8th off of Royals reliever Luis Alcantara. With one out Dermis Garcia worked a walk and Steven Sensley left the yard to give the Yankees a 3-2 lead. The two run homer was Sensley’s fifth of the season. Alcantara was saddled with the loss (0-2) and the blown save.
The pinstripers added another run later in the inning on a routine pop up in the infield that Carrasco failed to come up with which allowed Andres Chaparro to score and make it 4-2.
Mark Seyler came on to secure the pinstripers 4-2 win in the top of the 9th. He retired the Royals in order and earned his second save of the season.
The Royals and Yankees will square off in the rubber match of their three- game set on Monday night at 7pm.