GREENEVILLE, Tenn. – Yankees outfielder Nathan Mikolas, who has been hotter than the weather, hit for the cycle (4-for-5) as equally hot Pulaski (12-7) continued to hold first place in the Appalachian League East with a 9-3 victory over the Greeneville Astros (9-9) at Pioneer Park.
The win was Pulaski’s fourth straight. The Yankees lead the Appalachian Conference East by a game-and-a-half over the Princeton Rays (10-8).
Mikolas, hitting .365, completed his cycle with a ninth-inning home run before 2,221 fans. Frank Frias had a trio of hits to boost his average to .375, while Austin Afenir added a pair.
Righty Eduardo Rivera picked up his first win of the season with a three-inning effort in which he allowed just one earned run, walked one and struck out six.
Earlier in the day, Billy Fleming, batting .444 (24-for-54), was promoted to Pulaski manager Tony Franklin’s old team, the Double-A Trenton Thunder. He takes the roster spot of catcher Gary Sanchez, who will be playing in Sunday’s Futures Game in Cincinnati. How long his stay with the Thunder will be is in question.
The Yankees and Astros meet in Game 2 of the three-game series at Pioneer Park at 6 p.m. Sunday.