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Yankees shut down Elizabethton

Douglas Fritz • Updated Aug 13, 2019 at 10:09 PM

ELIZABETHTON — It was all about the pitchers Tuesday night at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.

And that made one errant throw stand out.

In an attempt to pick Pulaski’s Ryder Green off of third base in the fourth inning, Elizabethton catcher Janigson Villalobos’ two-out throw hit in the dirt and skipped down the left field line for the game’s only run. Pulaski made it stand up for a 1-0 Appalachian League win in a game that was called in the top of the ninth inning because of rain.

The run was unearned as Elizabethton pitcher Cody Laweryson struck out the next batter to end the inning. Villalobos had a spectacular play as well, ending the fifth inning with a sliding catch down the third base line on a short foul pop.

It was a costly loss as Elizabethton fell to 27-26 on the season and slipped out of a first-place tie in the West Division. Johnson City (28-25) moved back in front with a win over Princeton.

Pulaski improved to 36-17, continuing its strong lead atop the East Division.

YANKEES PITCHING

Leonardo Pestana worked the first five innings, allowing just three hits and two walks with three strikeouts. It was a departure from his season-long struggles as the 21-year-old from Venezuela entered the game with an ERA of 9.99 over eight starting assignments.

Kevin Milam followed Pestana with two scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit, but walked two batters while striking out two. Mitch Spence worked a scoreless eighth inning.

TWINS ON THE MOUND

Laweryson worked five strong innings. He gave up two hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

Tyler Beck had his second straight strong relief outing. He tossed three hitless frames, striking out five. Beck has racked up an impressive 11 strikeouts in his last five innings of work.

Denny Bentley retired the first two hitters he faced in the top of the ninth before the rains came.

NEXT UP

The Twins are off on Wednesday. They return to action Thursday at Danville.

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