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Rays’ fast start too much for K-Mets to overcome

From staff reports • Jul 18, 2019 at 10:40 PM

PRINCETON, W. Va. — Absorbing more blows than it could handle over the first four innings, Kingsport was felled 8-2 by Princeton in Thursday night’s Appalachian League activity.

Beginning with a Luis Leon solo homer, the Rays (14-15) struck for at least one run in each inning through the fourth, building a 7-0 advantage.

Princeton’s most productive inning was the second, resulting in three runs.

Doubling up the Mets (14-15) in hits with 12, Princeton got a 3-for-3, 2-RBI effort from Gionti Turner. Leon finished at 3-for-4 with a pair of runs and two RBIs while Jelfry Marte contributed a 2-for-5 night.

Princeton starter Taj Bradley limited Kingsport to two hits and a walk over five shutout innings, striking out six batters along the way.

The Mets’ six hits were divided among three players — Cristopher Pujols (2-for-3), Gregory Guerrero (2- for-4) and Jhoander Saez (2-for-4). Guerrero had Kingsport’s lone extra-base hit, socking his sixth double of the year.

The visitors used six pitchers, with none throwing more than two innings. Middle man Christopher Dominguez was the most effective, hurling two scoreless frames and striking out two batters.

Starter Ramon Guzman took the loss after allowing four runs on four hits over 1 2/3 innings.

Princeton looks to sweep the Mets when the teams cap a three-game series Friday. Action at Hunnicutt Field begins at 6:30 p.m.

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