DANVILLE, Va. — The Kingsport Mets pounded out 10 hits, but had little to show for it at the end of Wednesday’s Appalachian League contest against the Danville Braves.
The K-Mets stranded 13 runners on base and dropped a 7-1 decision against the Braves, who also had 10 hits but proved to be more efficient with their scoring opportunities.
Victor Caratini put Danville on top in the first inning, connecting on a sacrifice fly to score Connor Lien, who reached on an error to start the bottom of the first.
As it turned out, Caratini wasn’t done. After Champ Stuart’s RBI double pulled Kingsport (8-12) into a 1-1 tie in the top of the third frame, Caratini came through with an RBI single in the bottom of the third to put Danville (9-9) up for good. In addition to driving in two runs, Caratini also scored twice.
Matt Marksberry (1-1) picked up the win for the Braves after coming on in relief of starter Jorge Montenegro. Marksberry scattered three hits over three scoreless innings.
Corey Oswalt (0-1) took the loss for Kingsport despite putting together a solid outing. Oswalt gave up three runs — two earned — on six hits in five innings of work. Fielding miscues also hurt the K-Mets, who gave up three unearned runs on three errors.