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K-Mets hang on to defeat Burlington 7-6

From staff reports • Jul 29, 2018 at 11:39 PM

BURLINGTON, N.C. — The Kingsport Mets spread the wealth in their latest victory.

Six Mets drove in a run as Kingsport held off the Burlington Royals 7-6 Sunday night at Burlington Royals Athletic Stadium.

The Mets improved to 19-18 despite a wild inning by its bullpen. Burlington scored three runs in the sixth inning and all three came on wild pitches.

Danville held Kingsport to six hits and no Mets player had more than one. The Braves also had six hits.

The Mets jumped ahead with a three-run second inning, keyed by RBI singles from Raul Beracierta and Guillermo Granadillo and a run-scoring groundout.

Kingsport starter Daison Acosta (1-2) gave up a run in the bottom of the second, but he was solid, allowing two hits in five innings. He picked up his first professional victory after going 0-5 since signing in 2016.

By the time the Royals scored three runs in the sixth inning, the Mets were ahead 6-1 thanks to another three-run inning. Domingo Martinez’s double scored one run and Kenny Hernandez drove him in with a triple. Hernandez then scored on a wild pitch.

The Royals got their own three-run inning in the bottom of the sixth. All three runs scored on wild pitches, two by Joel Huertas and one by Liam McCall. The runners all reached base without hitting the ball, thanks to two walks and a hit batter. In fact, no balls were put into play the entire inning as all three outs came via strikeout.

Kingsport got an insurance run in the top of the seventh when Luis Santana’s single made it 7-4.

Rhett Aplin’s RBI single in the eighth cut Kingsport’s lead to 7-5 and, yes, a wild pitch came into play again. Freddy Fermin moved into scoring position on McCall’s second wild pitch.

Mitch Hickey worked the ninth inning, giving up Michael Emodi’s solo home run and a single but finished up for his first save.

There are no Appy League games scheduled for Monday night. The Mets return to action Tuesday when they play host to Greeneville at 6:30 p.m. to start a three-game series.

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