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Romero, Adon power K-Mets to series-capping win over Reds

KEVIN MAYS, [email protected] • Jul 13, 2018 at 11:25 PM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Mets got back on the winning track Friday night, primarily because of the bats of two players and the arm of another.

Yoel Romero and Ranfy Adon accounted for six of the K-Mets’ seven hits and Willy Taveras made the most of his debut on the mound in Kingsport’s 5-1 Appalachian League win over the Greeneville Reds at Hunter Wright Stadium.

BY THE NUMBERS

Romero and Adon each finished 3-for-4, with Romero driving in two runs and Adon scoring two for Kingsport (13-9).

Taveras surrendered only one run — a solo home run by Rylan Thomas that led off the Greeneville half of the second inning and put the Reds (7-14) on the scoreboard first — in his first start since being called up from the Gulf Coast League.

Adon scored the K-Mets’ first run. He led off the third with a single and, one out later, scored on a double from Romero.

In the fifth, Adon delivered a one-out triple and then scored on an error by Greeneville shortstop Miguel Hernandez. L.A. Woodard, who reached first on the same error, stole second before scoring on a Romero hit straight up the middle.

The K-Mets took three of four against Greeneville during this series at Hunter Wright Stadium. Their only loss was a 5-4 decision on Thursday night.

A LITTLE SECURITY

The K-Mets used a variety of ways to add security runs in the sixth and seventh innings.

New York Mets No. 1 draft pick Jarred Kelenic drew a one-out walk in the sixth inning, stole second, moved to third on a groundout from Domingo Martinez and scored on a wild pitch by Reds reliever Josh Rich.

Romero figured into another run in the seventh. He led off the frame with a single and worked his way to third. There he was caught between third and home by Greeneville’s fourth pitcher, Jerry D’Andrea. But instead of trying to retire Romero, D’Andrea turned — after some hesitation —and threw to first, allowing Romero to cross home with the K-Mets’ final run.

SOLID ON THE MOUND

Taveras (1-0), a 20-year-old from Villa Isabela, Dominican Republic, threw five complete innings. He gave up one run on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

The K-Mets used three pitchers in relief to keep Greeneville scoreless the rest of the way.

Eric Villanueva picked up his first save of the season after getting the final two outs of the ninth. He entered the game with runners on first and third and one out and retired the only two batters he faced.

Stephen Keller (0-1) suffered the loss in relief of Greeneville starter Ricky Karcher, who scattered three hits, allowed one run and struck out five over four innings of work. Keller came on in the fifth and worked only one inning, giving up two runs on two hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

MOVING ON

On Friday, the Reds announced that right-hander Aaron Quillen was being sent to the Class-A Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League.

The 24-year-old Quillen, who played high school baseball at Dobyns-Bennett, began 2018 with the Daytona Tortugas of the Florida State League before going to Greeneville. He went 0-2 with a 3.52 ERA while with the Appy League’s Reds.

KEY SERIES UP NEXT

Kingsport, which trails leader Elizabethton by one game in the West Division standings, welcomes the Twins to Hunter Wright Stadium for a crucial three-game series that starts Saturday.

First pitch for the series opener is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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