Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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June 26, 2013

Mariners sink Bluefield Blue Jays

PULASKI, Va. — The bottom of the Pulaski batting order played like the top on this night.

 The final four batters for the Mariners collected seven hits and scored six runs, as Pulaski defeated the Bluefield Blue Jays 7-1 in Appalachian League action in front of an audience of 673 on Tuesday night at Calfee Park.

 Bluefield (3-3) won the opening series of the season with Greeneville, but dropped two of three to the Mariners with a home game on tap tonight with Burlington.

 “That is baseball.  We are playing good ball for the most part,” Bluefield manager Dennis Holmberg said. “We are not playing too sloppy, and we just have to see what Burlington has.

 “We have to wait to play everybody and see what everybody has and we will see what they have for tomorrow.”

 On tap to pitch tonight for Bluefield is Albert Tirado, followed by Tazewell native Zak Wasilewski, who will enter the game in the fourth or fifth inning for the Blue Jays.  

 Pulaski took an advantage of a slip on the wet ground by Bluefield starting pitcher Shane Dawson to score three runs in the third. Dawson, and Chase De Jong, who followed Dawson on the mound, had combined for a shutout in last Thursday’s season-opening win over Greeneville.

 Holmberg would love to see that type of performance tonight. Wasilewski started last Friday and took the loss for the Blue Jays.

 “There is nothing automatic in this game,” said Holmberg, of the difference in the outings by Dawson and De Jong, who allowed two runs in three innings in relief of Dawson. “We are expecting obviously Tirado to get at least a good four innings tomorrow and then we have Wasilewski coming in behind him.

 “Hopefully there is something to be learned from his first outing of the season.”

 Pulaski (2-4) finished with eight hits, with seven of those coming from the final four in the lineup, a fact the Blue Jays’ coaching staff noticed as the game progressed.

 “We recognized that around the fourth or five inning,” Holmberg said. “The bottom of part of their lineup was just doing all the damage. When they are doing that and you get something from the front you are in a lot more trouble than we are at 7-0.”

 Bluefield managed just five hits off four Pulaski pitchers, including third round draft choice Edwin Diaz, who allowed just five hits, struck out five and walked none in five innings on the mound.  Four Mariners’ hurlers combined to fan nine and walk one.

 The Jays’ lone run came on a solo home run in the top of the ninth by Dawel Lugo.

 “We had five hits, not very many opportunities,” Holmberg said. “Their pitchers threw strikes, we hit a few balls hard, but we didn’t have much to show for it, we couldn’t get anything going.”

 Pulaski’s third inning started when Jeffrey Zimmerman singled, and Franklin Diaz followed with a slow roller toward first, but Dawson slipped on the wet grass and couldn’t make a play.  

 “The one play where Dawson slipped off the mound covering first base kind of opened up that inning for them,” Holmberg said.

  Raysheron Michel followed with a line drive down the left field line, scoring a run with a double. Both Diaz and Michel scored on infield groundouts by Gabriel Franca and Zach Shank.

 Two more crossed in the fourth when second round draft pick Joseph DeCarlo reached on a walk by DeJong and Jesus Ugueto followed with a home run over the left field fence. Pulaski added a run in the sixth when Ugueto reached on an error and scored on a single by Zimmerman. The lead grew to 7-0 in the eight when Michel homered over the center field fence.

 Bluefield had just five hits, including two by Derrick Loveless. He doubled to lead off the game and also had a single in the third. Lugo had two hits as well, including a solo home run to center field in the ninth. The Blue Jays also had three errors in the field.

 Loveless, who homered twice in the series-opener on Sunday at Pulaski, continues to swing a hot bat. He leads Bluefield with a .474 batting average in five games, starting in center field and batting leadoff in place of normal starter D.J. Davis.

 “He has potential, we will just have to give him as many at-bats until he goes cold a little bit,” Holmberg said. “You play well, you play more, you pitch better, you pitch more, that’s the way the old saying goes.”

 Michel, batting ninth for the Mariners, had three hits, scored two runs and drove in a pair of runs for Pulaski. Zimmerman had two hits in the win.

 Bluefield will begin a three-game series tonight by hosting Burlington at 7:05 p.m.

 “We are 3-3 and playing .500 ball,” Holmberg said. “It wasn’t a bad ball game, we made some errors. We will be OK, we are fine.”

Bird seed: Bluefield has added at least three players to its roster, including infielder Daniel Arcila, who played for the Blue Jays last season, and pitchers Justin D’Alessandro and Joe Lovecchio…Jesus Gonzalez struck out four times, and has now fanned in 12 of 19 at-bats this season.

— Contact Brian Woodson



At Calfee Park

Bluefield………….…000  000  001  —  1  5  3

Pulaski………………003  201  10x  —   7  8  0

Shane Dawson, Chase De Jong (5),  Yelfry Del Rosario (8) and Garrett Custons. Edwin Diaz, Cameron Copping (6), Daniel Thieben (8), Luis Pina (9) and Franklin Diaz. W-Diaz (1-0); L-Dawson (0-1). HR-Jesus Ugueto (1) 4th, 1 on; Raysheron Michel (1) 8th, 0 on; Dawel Lugo (1) 9th, 0 on. Att-673.

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