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Danville outslugs K-Mets in game featuring 28 hits

Kevin Mays • Aug 13, 2019 at 12:37 AM

KINGSPORT — There was another slugfest at Hunter Wright Stadium on Monday.

Like heavyweight boxers slugging it out, the Danville Braves and Kingsport Mets threw one offensive punch after another. In the end, Danville was left standing with an 11-7 Appalachian League win.

The game featured a combined 28 hits, including five home runs.

The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Braves (20-32). It also put them up 1-0 in the three-game series at Kingsport, scheduled to continue Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. start at Hunter Wright.

ALL ABOUT THE POWER

Hitting and power dominated the game from the start.

The Braves got a two-out single from Connor Blair in the top of the first, and he came home on a triple by Willie Carter.

It was a sign of things to come — especially from Carter. The Braves’ 34th-round draft pick out of Webber International finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle. He was 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBIs, a walk and two runs scored.

Danville got two hits apiece from Cody Milligan, Beau Phillip, Connor Blair, Cody Birdsong and Ray Hernandez in a 15-hit barrage.

Blair did most of the damage with a three-run home run in the sixth that highlighted a five- run frame for the Braves.

Birdsong helped the Braves’ cause in the sixth with a solo homer.

CLOSE FOR A MINUTE

The sixth-inning explosion came after the K-Mets (24-48) briefly made the game interesting with a four-run rally.

Heading to the bottom of the fifth, the K-Mets trailed 6-1. After a single by Wilfred Astudillo and a walk by Scott Ota, Tanner Murphy — who had belted a solo homer in the second — delivered a two-out single to score Astudillo. Gregory Guerrero followed with a three-run blast to make it 6-5.

HOLDING ON

Danville answered with its five-run sixth and then turned back a Kingsport rally attempt in the ninth.

After tacking on a run in the bottom of the sixth — Ota scoring on a Cole Kleszcz single — the K-Mets finagled two hits and two walks in the bottom of the ninth but could push across just a single run.

BATTERS UP

Every batter in the Kingsport lineup had a hit.

Murphy, Ota, Kleszcz and Jhoander Saez finished with two each.

PITCHING STRUGGLES

Pitching on both sides struggled Monday.

Filyer Sanchez pitched only one inning but got the win for Danville. Sanchez (3-2) allowed one hit, walked one and gave up no runs with one strikeout in the fourth before being lifted for Peyton Williams in the fifth.

K-Mets starter Benito Garcia (1-3) took the loss after throwing the first four innings of the game. He gave up five runs on seven hits with one strikeout and two walks.

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