BURLINGTON, N.C.- The Burlington Royals lost a narrow 2-1 game to the Pulaski Yankees on Wednesday night at Burlington Athletic Stadium in the opener of a three-game series.
Pulaski (31-15) plated both of their runs in the second inning. DH Eric Wagaman and SS Eduardo Torrealba each drew walks to begin the frame, and RF Frederick Cuevas dropped down a bunt single to load the bases. A pair of RBI fielder's choice groundouts, off the bats of 3B Yeison Corredera and LF Dario Unda , scored Wagaman and Torrealba to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead.
Burlington (21-26) answered back with a run in the third. 2B Jose Marquez led off with a triple, and 3B Oliver Nunez singled him home to cut the deficit in half.
The Royals would get doubles from 1B Dennicher Carrasco and DH Jesus Atencio in the fourth and fifth innings, respectively, but were unable to bring them home.
Yankees RHP Abel Duarte was dominant in relief, as he kept the Royals off the board in the final four frames. Burlington put two on in the eighth, but both runners were stranded.
Burlington RHP Collin Snider and LHP Jordan Floyd combined to work four scoreless relief innings.
Nunez and Carrasco had two hits each for the Royals in the loss.
The series will continue on Thursday at 7:00 p.m., when Royals RHP Carlos Hernandez (1-3, 4.76) faces Yankees LHP Dalton Lehnen (0-0, 6.75). Coverage with Matt Krause begins at 6:45 p.m. on the Burlington Royals Broadcast Network at www.burlingtonroyals.com and on the TuneIn app (search "Burlington Royals").
At the ballpark, it will be Thirsty Thursday! All draft beers are available for $1 each. Selections include Red Oak, Hummin' Bird, and many of your favorite Budweiser products. For tickets, call (336) 222-0223 or visit www.burlingtonroyals.com.
Pulaski 2, Burlington 1
WP: Abel Duarte (6-1)
LP: Daniel Tillo (1-1)
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