Brady Shoemaker wasted no time extending his hit streak to 28 games Monday night. His first at-bat to lead off the second inning resulted in a solo shot to dead center to give the Bristol White Sox an early 1-0 lead over the Pulaski Mariners.It was Shoemaker's fifth home run of the season.
The rest of the night belonged to the Mariners.
Gabriel Noriega homered in the bottom of the third to tie the game. In the fourth inning, Cesar Fuentes' RBI double gave Pulaski the lead for good. A sixth-inning sacrifice fly from Vinnie Catricala gave the Mariners a little insurance they would not need, as they won 3-1.
James Housey made his first appearance with Pulaski after being called up from Peoria, WA earlier this week. He gave only gave up one run, on Shoemaker's blast, in six and one-third innings to earn the win.
Jordan Merry was brilliant in relief, throwing a perfect two and two-thirds innings and striking out six batters. Merry now has a razor-thin ERA of 1.00, and picked up his second save of the year.
White Sox starter Charles Delk (2-4) took the loss despite being named the Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week earlier in the day. On July 24th, Delk went seven scoreless innings against the Burlington Royals. Monday night, Delk gave up only two runs and four hits in four innings before being lifted.
The Mariners (16-17) finished their homestand 6-1 and will travel to Kingsport to face the Mets Tuesday.
Shoemaker will try to continue his hit streak at home tomorrow when the White Sox (14-20) meet the Greeneville Astros, the worst pitching team in the league.