The Pulaski Mariners entered the ninth inning Friday night with a 6-1 lead over the Bristol White Sox in a game featuring both the Appalachian League's best batter and pitcher. Four runs and outs later, Brady Shoemaker stepped to the plate with the tying run on second base and struck out swinging to give the Mariners the 6-5 victory.
Shoemaker extended his 24 game hit streak with a double in his first at-bat to lead off the second inning. He has now hit safely in all 25 games he has played professionally.
Lefty Brian Moran earned his second save of the season by striking out Shoemaker, the only batter he faced. Richard Ortiz began the ninth for Pulaski, but was pulled after the Sox pulled within one run on a Dan Wagner double. All four runs scored in the ninth were unearned, resulting in an error from Mariners second baseman Cesar Fuentes.
Bristol starting pitcher Joseph Serafin took the loss despite beginning the night with a league-leading 0.31 ERA in 29 innings of work. Against Pulaski, Serafin gave up at least one run in all four innings he pitched, bringing the number of earned runs he has allowed this season from one to six.
Mariners' starter Kenta Suda (1-1) gained the win in just his second start of the season. Suda went six innings, allowing just three hits and one run.
With the victory, the Mariners (14-16) extended their winning streak to five games. Bristol (13-18) will play three more games in Pulaski to complete their ten game road trip.