PRINCETON — In rookie ball, sometimes a bus ride can work wonders when it comes to making offensive adjustments.
A three-run homer by Wuilmer Becerra in the second inning laid the foundation for the Kingsport Mets' 7-4 Appalachian League road victory over the Princeton Rays.
The blast over the right-field wall — which plated Ivan Wilson and Zach Mathieu ahead of him — was the first homer of the Appy League season for Becerra.
Becerra's shot marked the second conspicuous hit in as many days for the K-Mets right fielder, who drove in the winning run in Tuesday's 6-5 win over Bluefield.
Kingsport's first away game of the season marked a collective improvement in the K-Mets' offensive conduct in the clutch.
The K-Mets went 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left six runners on base. On Tuesday, they went 3-for-16 on RISP while leaving 11 stranded.
Luis Guillorme, Eudor Garcia and Brandon Brosher had two hits apiece for Kingsport (4-3), which knocked out 10 hits as a team. Mathieu had a double and Wilson had a triple.
Ty Williams (1-0) picked up the win for Kingsport after 2 1-3 innings of relief, striking out three and walking none.
He took over for starter Christian Montgomery with two outs in the fourth frame.
Williams gave up no runs on two hits. Luis Rengel and Ismael Tijerina — the latter of whom collected his second save of the season — combined for three additional shutout innings.
Freddy Alvarez (0-1) took it on the chin for the Rays (3-4). The starter gave up seven earned runs off seven hits, striking out one and walking two.
Hector Montes went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI for Princeton. Carter Burgess went 2-for-4. Nic Wilson and Manny Sanchez each had a double.comments powered by Disqus