BURLINGTON, N.C.- The Burlington Royals suffered a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Pulaski Yankees on Friday night at Burlington Athletic Stadium, despite an early lead.
Burlington (21-28) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third. 1B Benji Cash hit a leadoff double, moved up to third on a groundout, and scored on an RBI double from CF Cal Jones . Jones then came around on an RBI single from LF Reed Rohlman .
The lead was short-lived, as Pulaski (33-15) had an answer in the fourth. 2B Eduardo Torrealba led off with a single, and advanced to third on an double from C Saul Torres . LF Fredrick Cuevas tied the game with a two-RBI double. Two batters later, DH Dario Unda hit a looping liner that clanged off the left field foul pole for a two-run homer. The blast put Pulaski up 4-2, the score that would hold and become final.
Burlington batters recorded hits in each of the remaining innings, but the Royals could not push a run across.
RHP Andres Sotillet was lifted after six innings. He allowed the four runs on seven hits, striking out one Yankee. LHP Michael Messier retired all nine Yankees he faced in relief, striking out three.
Rohlman recorded two hits for the Royals, as did C Sebastian Rivero and DH Jesus Atencio .
The Royals will open a series with the Danville Braves on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. LHP J.C. Cloney (3-1, 3.55) will start for the Royals, facing Braves LHP Dilmer Mejia (2-3, 5.23). Coverage with Matt Krause begins at 6:45 p.m. on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network, at www.burlingtonroyals.com or on the TuneIn app (search "Burlington Royals").
At the ballpark, the skies will light up postgame with the Saturday Fireworks show! For tickets, call (336) 222-0223 or visit www.burlingtonroyals.com.
Pulaski 4, Burlington 2
WP: Daniel Ramos (1-3)
LP: Andres Sotillet (0-1)
SV: Dallas Martinez (2)
HR: PUL- Dario Unda (1)
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.