A show of offensive power highlighted by home runs from Kevin Cornelius and Dermis Garcia led the way to a 6-1 Pulaski win over Elizabethton on Wednesday night at Joe O’Brien Field. The Yankees improve to 4-3 on the season while Elizabethton falls to a matching 4-3 record.
Yankees’ starter Chad Martin is credited with his first win pitching for 5.1 innings allowing four hits while striking out seven. Twins’ starter Alex Robinson is tagged with the loss pitching for 2.1 innings allowing three earned runs, four hits, and five walks with no strikeouts. Both teams return to do battle Thursday night at approximately 7 p.m.
The Yankees got things started off early scoring in the first. With two outs, Isiah Gilliam drew a walk. Kevin Cornelius then stepped into the box and belted a deep homer over the wall in right-center field to make it 2-0. Leonardo Molina then walked and scored on a double to center from Victor Rey.
Pulaski went scoreless for four innings before adding a run in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. In the sixth, it was Dermis Garcia’s turn to hit a long ball as he hit a home run to left field to put Pulaski up 4-0. Wilkerman Garcia led off the seventh with a double to right field before moving to third on a wild pitch and scoring on an RBI single from Gilliam. Ben Ruta led off the eighth by drawing a walk and came around to score on back-to-back doubles from Welfrin Mateo and Estevan Florial.
Elizabethton’s lone run of the game came in the home half of the eighth. With two outs, Christian Cavaness singled before Ariel Montesino drew a walk. Travis Blankenham then hit a single to right scoring Cavaness but Montesino was thrown out trying to advance to third to end the inning.
The Yankees threatened in the ninth with runners on the corners but were unable to bring anyone else in. Miles Chambers closed the game out for Pulaski getting a fly out before striking out the final two batters to end the game and seal the win.