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Yanks nip Elizabethton in bottom of ninth

Johnson City Press • Aug 4, 2018 at 10:36 PM

PULASKI, Va. — Scoring was reduced to the bare minimum in one Appalachian League baseball contest on Saturday night.

A wild pitch coupled with a throwing error allowed Max Burt to score from second base in the bottom of the ninth inning, handing Pulaski a 1-0 decision over Elizabethton.

Burt socked a leadoff double off new pitcher Pedro Garcia (2-3) before Carlos Tatis lined out to second baseman Yunior Severino. With Jordan Scott standing in the batter’s box, a Garcia wild pitch and catcher Trevor Casanova’s off-target throw produced the game’s lone tally.

Burt doubled twice in a 3-for-5 showing. Casanova was a bright light offensively, batting 3 for 4 while teammate Trevor Lamach went 2 for 3.

The Twins totaled a half-dozen hits, with Pulaski collecting five.

Yankees starter Luis Gil struck out seven batters over five frames, then Wellington Diaz (2-1) worked the rest of the way.

Elizabethton’s Austin Schulfer and Carlos Suniago each tossed four innings.

The Twins put a man on third base in the fourth (Lamach), seventh (Lamach) and eighth innings (Severino) — and each time the runner was thrown out at home on a fielder’s choice play.

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