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K-Mets earn twin bill split with Reds

From staff reports • Aug 3, 2018 at 2:13 AM

KINGSPORT — With Guillermo Granadillo generating spark from the top of the lineup, the Kingsport Mets slipped past Greeneville 4-3 on the back end of Thursday’s Appalachian League doubleheader at Hunter Wright Stadium.

The Reds captured the first of the two seven-inning games, winning 6-1.

Granadillo batted 2-for-3, doubled, scored twice and drew a walk in the Kingsport victory. Yoel Romero, who also scored twice, and Mark Vientos each finished 1-for-2 with a walk and an RBI for the K-Mets, who mustered a mere four hits but had seven players draw bases on balls.

Topping the mound for five innings, starter Willy Taveras (3-0) totaled six strikeouts against no free passes to remain unbeaten. He gave up two runs — both unearned — and three hits.

Luis Silva yielded an unearned run in the sixth before Christian Tripp worked a scoreless seventh for his first save.

Greeneville also was limited to four hits. Kingsport put up three of its runs, two of them earned, against starter Ricky Karcher (0-2) over his 2 2/3 innings.

After the Reds scored twice in the top of the fifth to cut into a 3-0 deficit, Romero came home on Ranfy Adon’s RBI grounder to make it 4-2 K-Mets. Greeneville got a sixth-inning sacrifice fly from Rylan Thomas.

In the opener, Greeneville pitcher Alexis Diaz dominated over 6 2/3 innings, allowing just four hits and an unearned run before Josh Rich faced one batter to end the game. Diaz struck out five, walking none.

A fairly active first inning unfolded with Claudio Finol and Jonathan Williams producing RBI singles for the Reds before Kingsport’s Luis Santana doubled home Granadillo.

It remained a 2-1 game till the fourth, when Jose Tello drove in a run with a base hit and Brandt Stallings crossed the plate on a passed ball.

Thomas went 3-for-4 with a double and Finol finished 2-for-4. Tello collected a pair of RBIs.

Santana topped Kingsport with a 2-for-3 showing.

Yielding four runs in a four-inning start, Nate Peden (1-3) took the loss.

Kingsport is scheduled to open a three-game home set against Bristol on Friday night at 6:30 p.m.

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