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K-Mets end road trip with another loss to Mariners

Staff Report • Jul 24, 2009 at 12:00 AM

PULASKI, Va. — Kingsport’s offense started catching fire in the seventh and eighth innings.

Pulaski stopper Eric Valdez promptly extinguished it.

Valdez struck out two as he retired the side in the top of the ninth and the Pulaski Mariners wrapped up a 9-7 Appalachian League win at Calfee Park Thursday night.

Pulaski completed a three-game sweep of the K-Mets (10-18), who return home tonight to begin a seven-game homestand with a three-game set against West Division leader Elizabethton.

Darrell Ceciliani went 4-for-5 with an RBI for Kingsport while Richard Lucas went 2-for-4. Jeff Flagg added a two-run homer.

Pulaski’s Dwight Britton went 4-for-5 with a two-run blast of his own while Jharmidy De Jesus went 3-for-4 with an RBI and catcher Steve Baron went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.

Trailing 7-3, the K-Mets came alive in the seventh when shortstop Gered Mochizuki’s bases-loaded double scored Ceciliani, Lucas and Flagg.

Britton added an RBI single in the bottom of the seventh to give Pulaski the 8-6 edge. Kingsport trimmed the Mariners’ lead to one run on Ceciliani’s RBI single in the top of the eighth.

Pulaski added another run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth when Kingsport reliever Travis Babin had a mini-meltdown. Babin gave up a single to Tim Morris, hit De Jesus with a pitch and loaded the bags with a walk to Fred Bello. Babin plunked Baron to score Morris.

Pulaski starter Yao Wen Chang struck out six over his four innings, but reliever Colin Buckborough (2-0) collected the win for 2 1-3 innings of work. Johnathan White (1-3) took the loss for Kingsport after assuming the hill from starter Eduard Aldama in the third inning.

The K-Mets went 3-5 on their road trip, with one rainout.

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