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Baty’s RBI drives K-Mets past Braves

TANNER COOK • Aug 14, 2019 at 10:45 PM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Mets needed some help in the bottom of the eighth inning on Wednesday night at Hunter Wright Stadium after the Danville Braves tied the game at three in the top of the inning.

First-round pick Brett Baty delivered in a big way with a go-ahead, one-out double that scored Jhonder Saez from second as the Mets won 4-3.

The Mets ended with eight hits as Andres Regnault, Anthony Dirocie and Francisco Alvarez also had one RBI apiece.

BRAVES STRIKE FIRST

After both teams went three up and three down in the opening frame, the Braves (20-34) came out swinging to start the second.

Connor Blair hit a deep flyball to left field on the second pitch he saw for a solo home run, and Danville was on the board with a 1-0 lead.

After designated hitter Willie Carter reached on an error, he later crossed the plate on a two-out double by Mason Berne.

The Braves’ only other run came in the eighth with a solo home run from Beau Philip.

METS ANSWER

The K-Mets (26-28) answered the Danville runs in the third with some two-out hitting of their own. Gregory Guerrero hit a single and took second on a bad throw from the third baseman, and then Baty walked in the next batter.

Kingsport was in business with the heart of the lineup coming up.

Alvarez and Regnault each hit a single to score the runs, but Alvarez made the mistake of trying to score from second on a shallow single to center.

He was hosed at the plate for the final out of the third.

ON THE MOUND

Andres German worked six tough innings to get his first win of the season and finished with two strikeouts. He gave up just one earned run.

Reason Santos earned his Appalachian League-leading seventh save of the season, pitching a scoreless ninth using just 12 pitches.

For Danville, Zach Daniels was tagged with the loss after giving up the lead during his appearance in the fourth inning.

The Braves were guilty of four errors.

UP NEXT

The Mets will travel to Calfee Park to take on the Appy League’s best team record-wise in Pulaski. The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Thursday.

The Braves will make the short trip to Elizabethton to begin a series with the Twins on Thursday.

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