PULASKI, VA.- A three-game win streak for the Burlington Royals was snapped on Sunday night with a 4-2 road defeat at the hands of the Pulaski Yankees.
Pulaski (17-7) drew first blood with a run in the bottom of the first inning. CF Pablo Olivares , the Yankees' leadoff hitter, drew a walk and stole second. With two out, RF Steven Sensley slapped an RBI double to bring him home.
Burlington (8-15) answered with both of their runs in the top of the third. 2B Oliver Nunez began the inning with a single and promptly stole second. CF Michael Gigliotti singled to put men at the corners with no out. Gigliotti also stole second, and SS Jeison Guzman reached on an error that allowed Nunez to score to tie the game. Another error on a pickoff try sent Gigliotti home and gave the Royals a 2-1 lead.
RHP Connor Mayes worked a solid 4.1 innings for the Royals, striking out a batter. LHP Felix Familia followed Mayes, and fanned three over 2.2 shutout frames.
RHP Luis Alcantara entered in the bottom of the eighth, and the Yankees mounted a rally. DH Dermis Garcia drew a walk, and Sensley stepped up and hit a two-run go-ahead homer. Later in the inning, 3B Andres Chaparro singled and moved up to second when C Saul Torres was hit by a pitch. An error allowed Chaparro to score and give the Yankees an insurance run.
The Royals went 1-2-3 in the ninth, securing the victory for Pulaski. Nunez's 2-for-3 night was the lone multi-hit game for the Royals.
The series concludes Monday at 7:00 p.m. RHP Carlos Hernandez (1-1, 2.89) starts for the Royals. The game can be heard at www.pulaskiyankees.net. The team will return home on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. to host the Johnson City Cardinals. It will be Bark In The Park Night! Bring your dog out to enjoy the game with our special pooch pass! For tickets, call (336) 222-0223 or visit www.burlingtonroyals.com.
Pulaski 4, Burlington 2
WP: Chaz Hebert (1-0)
LP: Luis Alcantara (0-2)
SV: Mark Seyler (2)
HR: PUL- Steven Sensley (5)
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