PRINCETON, Wv – The Pulaski Yankees posted a five-run sixth inning and scored seven unanswered runs to down the Appalachian League East Division-leading Princeton Rays, 10-5 on Monday night.
Pulaski kicked off the scoring in the first inning after Ezequiel Duran singled, stole second base, and later trotted home on a RBI single by Mickey Gasper. Princeton answered back with three in the bottom half off Alexander Vizcaino. Wander Franco reached on a fielding error which plated two runs, and later scored himself on a Grant Witherspoon RBI single.
Next inning, Anthony Seigler cashed in and recorded his first two career Appalachian League RBIs. Seigler scored Nelson Gomez and Evan Alexander after ripping the first pitch of his at bat into right field for a 2-run single to even the score at 3-3.
The Rays restored a 5-3 advantage after a RBI knock by Franco and Carlos Vargas. But similar to the Yanks’ previous night against Elizabethton, a mid-game deficit was erased with the help of a bases loaded walk. Alexander walked with the bases loaded in the sixth inning to score Gomez and cut the deficit to 5-4, followed by a second, run-scoring walk with Robert Javier at the plate. Anthony Seigler gave the Yankees a 6-5 advantage with a sacrifice fly to score his third RBI of the night.
Later in the inning, Mickey Gasper singled home Alexander and Javier to open an 8-5 advantage. Pulaski added two more in the eighth inning courtesy of Gomez’ third hit of the night and a run-scoring error off the bat of Carlos Tatis to round out the 10-5 final. Yanks’ hurler Alexander Vizcaino battled through five innings and earned the win after allowing five runs, four earned on 10 hits, two walks and four strikeouts.
Marcus Evey left the game due to injury in the sixth inning after a sharp comebacker struck him in the mid-section on his first batter of the night, but recorded the hold. Gilmael Troya recorded his team-leading third hold of the season after going 2.1 scoreless frames allowing three hits and striking out four.
The Pulaski Yankees will look to clinch a three-game series with a victory tomorrow over the Princeton Rays in the second of three contests. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm.