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Pirates batter K-Mets, earn split of four-game set

By JOHNNY WILSON, Sports Correspondent • Aug 10, 2019 at 11:04 PM

BRISTOL, Va. — Crooked numbers were all the rage Saturday night at DeVault Stadium, where the Bristol Pirates scored in chunks to hammer out a 19-5 Appalachian League win over the Kingsport Mets.

The K-Mets could have cried “uncle” way early after the Pirates produced five runs in the first inning and seven more in the third, gaining a quick 12-0 lead.

The BriBucs would later score four times in the fifth inning before adding a three-spot in the seventh, thus getting all 19 of their runs over just four frames.

The Bristol win produced a four-game series split and flip-flopped the teams once again in the middle of the West Division standings, the Pirates (24-26) moving back into third place and Kingsport (24-27) dropping to fourth.

The K-Mets have Sunday off before opening a three-game home set with the Danville Braves on Monday. Bristol jumps back into it Sunday with a three-game series at home against the Bluefield Orioles.

OFFENSIVE STARS APLENTY FOR BUCS

Bristol had many offensive stars, beginning with the three-hit, four-RBI games of Daniel Rivero and Jesus Valdez.

Rivero cracked a three-run home run to make it a 9-0 game in the third before Valdez’s two-run double upped the advantage to 11-0.

Francisco Acuna also had four RBIs for the Pirates, among them a three-run double in the bottom of the first inning. He had two of Bristol’s 16 hits.

Matt Morrow had three hits and scored three times for the Pirates.

K-METS STRUGGLE TO GET OUTS

All of this offense quickly sent Kingsport starter Christofer Dominguez, who recorded just one out while allowing five runs, to the showers.

The K-Mets, who committed four errors for the second straight game, used six pitchers.

Luis Arrieta picked up the win in relief of Pirates starter Jose Maldonado, who allowed no hits over the first four innings but walked five. Arrieta was awarded the win despite being the only Bucs pitcher to allow any earned runs (four). Matt Eardensohn cleaned up to earn a three-inning save.

KINGSPORT BLASTS TWO HOMERS

Wilfred Astudillo smacked a two-run home run in the fifth for Kingsport, and Andres Regnault ripped a solo blast in the sixth to make it a 12-3 game.

Astudillo, Regnault and Jhoander Saez each finished with two the K-Mets’ nine total hits.

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