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Bonus baby comes through for K-Mets against Pirates

JOHNNY WILSON • Aug 9, 2019 at 12:54 AM

BRISTOL, Va. — Brett Baty is living the dream, and Thursday night the $3.9 million bonus baby delivered big like a Texan would, pushing the Kingsport Mets to a 4-3 victory over Bristol in the first game of an Appalachian League doubleheader at DeVault Stadium.

In the second game, the Pirates evened the count with a 10-2 runaway win.

A powerful 6-foot-3, 210-pound third baseman who was the No. 12 overall pick in June’s amateur draft, Baty grounded a one-out single up the middle in the top of the seventh inning of the opener to plate Sebastian Espino and break a 3-3 tie.

Espino had started the final frame with a bunt single and was advanced to second with a sacrifice bunt from L.A. Woodard.

“I was hitting it hard early but it was right at them, so I just tried to stay within myself,” said Baty, an Austin native. “I got something up in the zone and drove it up the middle, and luckily we got that run in.”

Earlier, the Lake Travis High School product had knocked in the tying run on a one-out, fielder’s choice grounder in the fifth inning.

So far, Baty is certainly enjoying his ride in pro baseball. Homesick?

“A little bit, yeah,” the affable 19-year-old said. “But it’s fun out here.

“It was a great honor (to be drafted in the first round) and it’s really been an exciting time. I’m just happy to be here.”

ASTUDILLO MAKES IT HAPPEN

Down early by scores of 1-0 and 3-1, the K-Mets fought back behind the bat of Wilfred Astudillo, who blasted a solo home run in the second inning before producing a run by grounding into a double play with no outs in the fourth.

The comeback made a winner out of reliever Nick McDonald, who threw the last two innings, and a loser of C.J. Dandeneau, who pitched the seventh for Bristol.

Luis Ortiz covered the first six innings for the Pirates. Andres German started and worked the first four innings for Kingsport, allowing just one earned run.

BRISTOL GAINS EARLY EDGE

The Pirates had gained their 3-1 edge on RBI doubles by Aaron Shackleford and Daniel Rivero, plus a run-scoring single from Samuel Inoa.

GAME TWO

The BriBucs came to life in the nightcap and blistered the Mets behind a 15-hit attack off two Kingsport pitchers.

Ethan Goforth, a product of Carson-Newman, collected three hits and three RBIs to pace Bristol, which got two hits and two RBIs apiece from Jesus Valdez and Jean Euseblo. Matt Morrow had three hits and an RBI as well.

Jaylen Palmer and Anthony Dirocie both had two hits for Kingsport.

Dirocie and Andres Regnault each had an RBI for the Mets.

Yoelvis Reyes worked five innings without allowing an earned run to get the win in the nightcap, while Mets starter Nate Peden took the loss.

UP NEXT

Kingsport (23-26) returns to Boyce Cox Field Friday to take on the Pirates (23-25) in a 6:30 game. The two teams also meet there Saturday.

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