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K-Mets can't overcome rocky start from Montgomery

July 2nd, 2014 12:03 am by George Thwaites

K-Mets can't overcome rocky start from Montgomery

Kingsport Mets catcher Jose Garcia on the verge of tagging out sliding Greeneville baserunner Juan Santana, who was thrown out in an 8-4-6-2 double play in the first inning of their game at Hunter Wright Stadium Tuesday night.

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KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Mets cut the Greeneville Astros' lead to one run in the seventh inning of Tuesday's Appalachian League game at Hunter Wright Stadium.

If pitcher Christian Montgomery had had a stronger start, said K-Mets manager Jose Leger, at that point the home team might've had a lead for the bullpen to protect.

Three early runs, including a solo home run by Jacob Nottingham, laid the foundation for the Astros' 4-3 victory.

"Montgomery just didn't have command of his fastball. He fell behind the first nine hitters he faced," Leger said. "When you fall behind, hitters get comfortable. It was a bad outing from him."

Montgomery (0-2) threw 71 pitches over his four innings. He gave up a leadoff walk in the first inning that scored. If not for an 8-4-6-2 double play that nailed Juan Santana at the plate, that frame could gone even worse for the K-Mets (6-7).

Santana, who went 3-for-5 with two doubles for the Astros (5-8), scored in the third when Trent Woodward rapped into a double play.

Nottingham's line-drive blast over center in the fourth inning was a leadoff hit.

Shortstop Luis Guillorme contributed to two of the K-Mets' three double plays. He had several other great defensive plays, but also committed a caught stealing error in the sixth that allowed Luis Reynoso to eventually score on an Antonio Nunez double.

Kingsport catcher Jose Garcia had two great throws to second on Greeneville runners attempting to steal.

At the plate, Guillorme went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

"He's been a great leadoff hitter for us. He sees pitches and gets deep in counts," Leger said.

Oswaldo Caraballo went 2-for-5 for Kingsport, which got a timely RBI single from Wuilmer Becerra in the sixth inning. Pedro Perez drove a clutch two-RBI single into center field in the seventh that brought the game to within a run.

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