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Reds' first walk-off win secures split with K-Mets

KEVIN MAYS, [email protected] • Aug 19, 2018 at 10:55 PM

GREENEVILLE — One day removed from being one-hit, the Kingsport Mets responded Sunday with a strong pitching performance of their own. They could not sustain the momentum in the second game, however, thanks to a bullpen that continues to struggle.

The K-Mets’ Dedniel Nunez held Greeneville to two hits over six innings in a 5-0 win over the Reds in the first game of an Appalachian League doubleheader at Tusculum’s Pioneer Park.

In the nightcap, right-hander Nate Peden worked a solid 5 2/3 innings before Greeneville rallied in the final two innings to take a dramatic 7-6 win.

K-METS END SKID

Nunez (4-1) was dominant in his time on the mound, helping the K-Mets end a three-game slide and stopping the Reds’ four-game winning streak. He struck out nine through six innings of work,  walking three.

Kingsport provided all the offense Nunez needed in the top of the fourth inning. Kenny Hernandez delivered a one-out single and then scored on a double from Domingo Martinez.

Martinez crossed home when L.A. Woodard, who followed him to the plate, doubled to left field to put the K-Mets up 2-0.

Kingsport added three more runs in the sixth to put away the game. Martinez scored on a double from Guillermo Granadillo, Woodard scored on a sacrifice fly from Yoel Romero and Granadillo came home on a single from Jarred Kelenic.

Woodard finished 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBIs and Martinez went 2-for-3

Greeneville’s Alexis Diaz (3-3) took the loss. He pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.

PITCHING IN (AND OUT)

Kingsport’s solid pitching continued in the first five innings of the second game of the doubleheader.

Peden (2-4) allowed three runs, only one of them earned, and five hits in his five-plus innings of work. He struck out five, walked three and left with a 5-3 lead.

But when Peden exited, so did the K-Mets’ strong pitching.

Greeneville smacked around reliever Brian Matoyer. Matoyer pitched a third of an inning, giving up two runs on two hits with one strikeout and no walks.

The K-Mets broke the 5-5 tie in the top of the seventh when Mark Vientos singled to score Luis Santana.

But in the bottom of the seventh, Nelson Leon recorded his third blown save this season when he gave up two runs on three hits with a walk and no strikeouts.

REDS MAKE FRANCHISE HISTORY

With one out in the bottom of the seventh, Greeneville batter Claudio Finol singled and moved to second when Leon walked Rylan Thomas. Reniel Ozuna singled to drive in Finol and tie the game at 6.

Justin Bellinger then smacked a history-making single to left field to score Thomas from third and give the Reds their first walk-off win with the Greeneville franchise.

UP NEXT

The teams meet again Monday. First pitch is set for 7 p.m.

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