PULASKI, Va - Evan Alexander tallied a home run in addition to two triples and three RBIs to lift the Pulaski Yankees past the Kingsport Mets, 8-1 on Friday night. The victory pulled the Yankees record to 28-28, marking the first time they have reached .500 on the season since the second game of 2018 on June 20.
Mickey Gasper opened the scoring in the first inning after bouncing out with runners on the corners allowing Evan Alexander to score following a leadoff triple. Into the fourth, Juan De Leon went yard for the fifth time this season to open Pulaski's lead to 3-0. With Ezequiel Duran on base, De Leon rushed a 2-1 pitch over the left center field fence.
Next inning, Alexander continued his big night with a solo homer on an 0-2 pitch. In his next at bat, Alexander raced to third base for his second triple of the night and seventh of the season allowing Miguel Torres to score, making the score 6-0. Alexander is now second in the Appalachian League with the most three-baggers.
Later in the seventh, Oswald Peraza singled to left field to score Alexander. In the eighth, the Mets broke the shutout bid after Guillermo Granadillo blasted his first homer of the season to deep left. De Leon scored the games final run in the eighth after trotting home on a wild pitch to round out the final. De Leon also recorded a homer and a triple in his 2-for-4 performance.
Luis Gil went five scoreless innings only allowing two hits, three walks and seven strikeouts and lowered his ERA to an outstanding 1.37. Pedro Barrios went four innings in relief and received credit for the save after allowing one run on two hits, four strikeouts and one walk.
The Pulaski Yankees conclude their three-game set against the Kingsport Mets tomorrow with a 7pm tilt at Calfee Park. It's "Back to School Night" sponsored by NRVCS. Ticket information is available at pulaskiyankees.net.
The Pulaski Yankees are the Rookie level affiliate of the New York Yankees playing in the Appalachian League. Pulaski is celebrating its 53rd season in the Appalachian League in 2018. Calfee Park has won league championships in 1948, 1969, 1986, 1991 and 2013. Calfee Park opened in 1935 and was renovated for the team's first season as a Yankees affiliate in 2015. For more information, please visit www.pulaskiyankees.net.
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