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K-Mets pull within half-game of Twins

Tanner Cook • Aug 7, 2018 at 12:50 AM

ELIZABETHTON — The Kingsport Mets took both ends of a critical Appalachian League doubleheader with the Elizabethton Twins on Monday night at Joe O’Brien Field.

After posting a 5-1 win in the opener that was aided by a couple of Twins mistakes, Garrison Bryant pitched 5 2/3 innings of brilliant baseball in the K-Mets’ 7-2 victory.

Kingsport (24-18) ended the night just a half-game back of the West Division-leading Twins (25-20) in the standings.

GAME 1

Guillermo Granadillo went 4-for-4 and scored twice to lead Kingsport.

The Twins cut into Kingsport’s 2-0 lead in the fourth thanks to Alex Robles’ solo home run to left, but missed opportunities kept them from gaining more ground.

The Twins’ bullpen failed to provide any relief of starter Kody Funderburk, who exited in the fifth. With a runner on, Blair Lakso came in and allowed a single to Granadillo. Two batters later, Lakso hit Shervyen Newton in the right foot with a 90 mph fastball.

Lakso then threw back-to-back wild pitches to Luis Santana and two runs scored for Kingsport. Twins catcher Robert Molina then let a ball get past him and Newton came home from third.

Funderburk took the loss despite striking out a career-best six batters. Dedniel Nunez got his third win of the season after also striking out six.

GAME 2

Bryant pitched the game of his life in earning his first career win.

He allowed just one baserunner and didn’t give up a hit until the sixth inning. Yunior Severino broke up the no-hit bid with two outs in the frame on a high-hopping base hit past first baseman Domingo Martinez.

Bryant (1-1) finished with seven strikeouts.

The K-Mets jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead.

Granadillo singled to lead off and Newton doubled two batters later to get Kingsport in business. Santana’s grounder up the middle brought around both runners.

The K-Mets tacked on a couple of insurance runs in the seventh thanks to two-out RBIs by Martinez and Raul Beracierta.

UP NEXT

The teams continue their series Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Joe O’Brien Field.

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