Mariners Breeze Past White Sox In Near-Record Time

Brian HallContributor IJuly 27, 2009

In one of the shortest games in Minor League Baseball history, the Pulaski Mariners defeated the Bristol White Sox 2-0 on Sunday night. The official game time was one hour and 48 minutes, eight minutes off the record.

Mariners' starting pitcher Brandon Maurer earned player of the game honors, giving up just three hits and striking out eight batters in eight scoreless innings.

The White Sox got five solid innings from their starter, Andre Rienzo (0-3). Rienzo gave up only four hits, but three of them were doubles in the fourth inning that led to Pulaski's two runs.

Left fielder Brady Shoemaker entered the ninth inning dangerously close to losing his 26-game hit streak. With two outs and a man on first base, Shoemaker singled to left-center to keep the streak alive.

Shoemaker's single came off Pulaski reliever Eric Valdez, who earned his third save of the season. The two were teammates this spring at Indiana State University.

Pulaski (15-17) pulled to within 5.5 games from the division-leading Danville Braves. They have taken two of three from Bristol (14-19) in this four-game series that wraps up Monday night.