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Braves start hot, coast to shutout win over K-Mets

By KEVIN MAYS [email protected] • Jul 26, 2018 at 11:48 PM

KINGSPORT — Thursday’s Appalachian League game at Hunter Wright Stadium was all Danville and it almost all happened in the first three innings.

The Braves (18-17) scored nine runs on nine hits in the first three innings on the way to a 13-0 drubbing of the Kingsport Mets (17-17).

The shutout was the first time this season that the K-Mets have failed to score a run.

Kingsport did manage to get seven hits in the contest. But they were scattered far enough apart to be harmless as far as scoring runs.

OPEN WITH A BLAST

Danville entered Thursday’s contest with only 160 runs scored for the season, ninth in the 10-team league.

The Braves seemed to make up for their poor run production in one game.

Danville managed only one run in the first inning but scored five in the second and three in the third to build a 9-0 advantage through the first third of the game.

The Braves poured salt in the K-Mets’ wounds by adding two runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth.

BATTING AND SCORING WITH A VENGEANCE

Every batter but one in the Danville lineup had at least one hit.

Brett Langhorne and Greg Cullen did most of the damage for the Braves.

Langhorne, batting in the cleanup spot, finished 2-for-5 with five RBIs.

Cullen finished 2-for-3 at the plate with three walks and three RBIs.

Henry Quintero picked up three hits in five plate appearances with two RBIs.

Justin Dean, Ray Soderman and Nick Shumpert each added two hits for the Braves.

SANTANA STILL HOT

Despite the shellacking handed to Kingsport, Luis Santana continued to be hot for the K-Mets at the plate. The second baseman, who entered Thursday’s game hitting .359 with two home runs and 22 RBIs, went 2-for-4 for the K-Mets.

Ranfy Adon also finished 2-for-4 for Kingsport.

TOUGH NIGHT

Kingsport starter Nate Peden (1-2) had his roughest mound appearance of the season.

Peden lasted only one and one-third innings, giving up five runs on five hits with no strikeouts, one walk and three hit batters.

Dilmer Mejia (3-3) picked up the win.

Mejia threw six innings, giving up five hits with three strikeouts and one walk.

TONIGHT’S ACTION

Both teams are scheduled to be back in action tonight with Kingsport traveling to Burlington and Danville extending its road trip with action at Johnson City.

Both games are set to begin at 7 p.m.

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