Back again with an update on the Appalachian League. Had the privilege of taking in the Burlington Royals for the third time this year, and each time I’ve been highly impressed with their offense. However, if offense and scoring is your type of read then this one isn’t for you.
But if pitching and quality defense is your type of thing, then stick around for this one.
Pulaski took on Burlington for the second time in their three game series. In the first game, the Royals smacked around the Yankees winning that game, 8-1. Sunday night was different, way different.
For the Yankees, their first hit came in the sixth inning thanks to a Jake Pries solo shot. It was his third homer of the season. In the same inning, Anthony Volpe singled but was left on base. In the eighth frame Pulaski would add two more hits, one by Pries and one by Jake Farrell.
Headed to the ninth frame, the Pulaski Yankees pitching staff had a combined no-hitter. Needing only three to complete the shutout and no-no, the Yanks called in one of many closers, Tyler Johnson.
The first batter he faced was Kevon Jackson. On the second pitch of the at bat, Johnson ripped a double down the right field line where the ball rested right under the wall.
Jackson would get to third with two outs but was left stranded as Pulaski took home a 1-0 victory, bringing their season total wins to 20 and it extended their lead in the Appy East to 3.5 games on top of Burlington.
Pulaski’s pitching tallied for nine whiffs on the night. The winning pitcher was Reid Anderson, his fourth win of the season. Johnson earned the save, his second of the season.
Burlington got a strong outing from their starter Adrian Alcantara who went six strong allowing only a hit and a run while striking out six. He was tagged with the loss. He’s now 1-2 on the year.
According to the stadium gun, Alcantara was hitting low 90s with a lot of movement on his off speed pitches. He brings his knee up to his glove, gives a glimpse of the baseball and then releases the ball where his head was before beginning his pitching motion. This was throwing off the Pulaski hitters all night and helped lower his earned run average to 1.91 on the season.