Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

July 25, 2013

Pulaski Mariners slip past Rays

Staff reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

PULASKI, Va. — D.J. Slaton and Isaac Gil  combined to hold the Pulaski Mariners to two runs on five hits, but it would not be enough as the Mariners slipped past the Princeton Rays 2-1, Thursday evening at Calfee Park.

Pulaski scored both of its runs in the fourth inning off Slaton, who worked six frames, gave up five hits, walked one and struck out two.  The deadly hit was a two-run homer by Kristian Brito that proved to be the difference in the game.

Gil pitched two innings of no-hit baseball, allowed two walks and struck out one Pulaski batter. Princeton’s lone run came in the eighth inning, scored by Johnny Eierman.

The Rays were held to three hits in the game, a double by Emmanuel Paulino, who just joined the team earlier this week from the Tampa Bay Gulf Coast League team, and singles by Leo Correa and Coty Blanchard.

Jose Flores picked up the win for Pulaski as he worked six innings of one-hit baseball, walked one and struck out nine. Emilio Pagan, the fourth Mariners’ pitcher of the game, earned his league leading seventh save as he pitched the final inning-and-a-third and struck out three. Wander Marte and Rafael Pineda also pitched.

Princeton travels to Bluefield to open a three-game series tonight. Game time is 7:05.

At Calfee Park

Princeton (7-26).....000  000  010  —  1  3  0

Pulaski (19-13).......000  200  00x  —  2  5  0

W-Flores (3-0), L-Slaton (0-2)

HR-Brito (4)