DANVILLE, Va,- Huascar Ynoa was dominant through five innings but the Danville Braves' bullpen couldn't hold an early lead, losing to Pulaski on the final day of the season by a 3-2 final score. Despite the loss, the Braves' 36-32 record marked a five game improvement in the win column over last year and was their first winning season since 2014.
Danville scored twice in the 4th inning to open the scoring. First, William Contreras doubled which scored Derian Cruz. Two hitters later, Kevin Maitan bounced into a double play but Contreras was easily able to score from third to give the Braves a 2-0 advantage.
Ynoa pitched five innings scattering just two hits and striking out six. Walks had plagued him throughout the 2017 campaign but tonight he showed excellent command by not issuing a single free pass. Despite his efforts tonight, a win would not be in the cards for him this season.
Pulaski would score a pair of runs in the 7th on a Dario Unda single off Taylor Hyssong and a Jesus Bastidas single off Cutter Dyals. One inning later, with the game tied 2-2, Eric Wagaman singled to shallow centerfield. Eduardo Torrealba scored the deciding run, giving Pulaski (41-26) a 3-2 win over Danville on the season's final day.
While the Danville season is over, the Appalachian League playoffs begin this weekend with Pulaski taking on the Eastern division champion Bluefield Blue Jays. In the west, the Elizabethton Twins won the division with the Greeneville Astros winning the wild card on the season's final day.
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