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Free baseball isn't free, K-Mets fall in extras

July 4th, 2014 12:32 am by George Thwaites

Free baseball isn't free, K-Mets fall in extras

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Mets fans were treated to free baseball at Hunter Wright Stadium Thursday night.

In the end, they got less than what they bargained for.

A game-tying solo home run by Ivan Wilson in the bottom of the ninth inning propelled the K-Mets into extra innings with the visiting Greeneville Astros.

The home town excitement came unglued in the top of the 10th when the Astros piled on six runs off five hits, a sacrifice fly, a wild pitch and an error, holding on for the 12-6 Appalachian League victory.

Ramon Estevez (0-1), who was replaced one out into the disastrous frame by Bryce Beeler, took the loss after 2 1-3 innings. Estevez, who gave Kingsport two innings of shutout relief in the eighth and ninth, was charged with five runs. Only two were earned.

It was an unusually butter-fingered ballgame for Kingsport's middle infield, who'd been idled on Wednesday due to a league-wide night off. The K-Mets commited four errors, including three by shortstop Luis Guillorme.

The Kingsport leadoff hitter had a better night offensively. Guillorme hit 4-for-5, also reaching base on a walk and scoring two runs.

Greeneville shortstop Juan Santana had an unscathed night in the field, helping to turn the Astro's lone double play. He was a terror at the plate, going 4 -for-5 with a double and a home run. His seventh-inning solo shot of Kingsport reliever Matt Blackham put the visitors up 6-3.

Jason Martin went 2-for-5 with an RBI for Greeneville (6-8). Jacob Nottingham had a sacrifice fly and Sean McMullen had an RBI groundout.

Greeneville reliever Aaron Greenwood (2--0) collected his second win of the season after being tabbed with his first blown save.

Kingsport second baseman Jean Rodriguez, who committed an error in the field, went 3-for-5 with two RB Is. Pedro Perez went 2-for-5 for the K-Mett, who hammered out 13 hits on the night.

Kingsport starting pitcher Gaby Almonte struck out three and walked three over his five inning shift. Only two of the five runs charged against him were earned — one less than accrued by opposing starter Devonte German, who struck out five and walked three.

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