Appy League: Ryder Green Lifts Pulaski Past Bluefield

Photo: James Gravley, Baseball Farm

If you’re a fan of strikeouts, long balls, great defense, and comebacks, then Sunday’s game between the Pulaski Yankees and Bluefield Blue Jays is for you.

Pulaski’s starter Leonardo Pestana was dealing from the start. He struck out five Bluefield batters in the first three innings. However, he hit a rough spot in the fifth frame where he allowed four runs and was pulled from the game. Pestana did however manage to have eight strikeouts and touched 94 at times according to the stadium gun.

Ryder Green, the Yankees’ No. 23 prospect hit for the cycle, completing it with a seventh-inning double, as Pulaski bulldozed past Bluefield, 18-5.

It was the first cycle for Pulaski since 2015.

The last player to hit for the cycle for Pulaski was Nathan Mikolas when he did back on July 11, 2015 against Greeneville.

After nearly a year of no cycles being completed since Wander Franco, top Rays prospect, who’s been a ray of sunshine for the Rays’ organization since day one, last hit for a cycle on July 14, 2018 against Pulaski at Calfee Park.

Home runs were also a factor in the P-Yanks win. Green hit his second homer to left field, Anthony Garcia and Oliver Dunn both hit their first bomb of the season.

Pulaski finished the game scoring 17 runs unanswered. They dropped eight the in the sixth, six in the seventh and three in the eighth frame.

Hayden Wesneski made his pro debut for the P-Yanks and also earned his first pro strikeout as well. The P-Yanks pitchers combined for a 15 strikeout night.

Monday is an off day for eight of the 10 Appalachian League teams. Pulaski will head to Princeton, while Bluefield goes to friendlier confines to face the Danville Braves.

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