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K-Mets pound out 13 hits, extend win streak to three

Kevin Mays • Jun 23, 2019 at 1:32 AM

KINGSPORT — Elizabethton kept Kingsport’s bats in check for the final four at-bats of Saturday’s Appalachian League contest.

Kingsport, however, did enough damage in its first four at-bats to take a 5-1 win over the visiting Twins at Hunter Wright Stadium.

Kingsport (4-1) won its third straight game and clinched the series win over Elizabethton (2-3). The K-Mets took Friday’s opener 7-2.

View the photo gallery from Saturday’s game

The clubs are scheduled to play their series finale on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Hunter Wright.

EARLY DAMAGE

The K-Mets pounded out 13 hits Saturday, giving them a total of 34 over their winning streak.

With the exception of a three-hit, one-run eighth inning, all of Kingsport’s offense came in the first four innings.

Kingsport manager Rich Donnelly said his team is still swinging at a lot of bad pitches and racking up a lot of strikeouts.

“Win or lose, it’s a work in progress every night here,” Donnelly said. “We had 13 hits, but we didn’t score a bunch of runs and left some guys on base. But we did some good things, like small ball.

“We had good small ball tonight. We went with pitching and the defense was really good.”

HOW THEY SCORED

Elizabethton’s lone run came in the first inning on Charlie Mack’s solo home run.

Mack’s blast over the left-field wall and the outstretched glove of Kingsport left fielder Cole Kleszcz was the first homer of his professional career as well as the Twins’ first homer of the season.

The rest of the scoring belonged to Kingsport.

The K-Mets put up two runs in the bottom of the second inning on three straight hits. Matt O’Neill punched out an infield single and Anderson Bohorquez’s double moved him to third. Both runners scored on a double to right by hot-hitting Gregory Guerrero.

Guerrero finished the night 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored.

Kingsport added two more runs in the third. Andres Regnault and Kleszcz both singled and came home when O’Neill singled and right fielder Matt Wallner made a throwing error.

The game’s final run came in the bottom of the eighth when Guerrero singled, moved to second on a bunt single from Kennie Taylor, advanced to third on Sebastian Espino’s sacrifice bunt and scored on an infield single from Regnault.

Elizabethton threatened with two outs in the top of the ninth. Trevor Jensen singled and Willie Joe Garry was hit by a pitch from reliever Christopher Dominquez, putting runners on first and second. Dominquez escaped trouble when the Twins’ Kidnay Salva flew out to center field.

BY THE NUMBERS

Taylor finished 3-for-5, Regnault was 2-for-5 with an RBI and O’Neill went 2-for-2 with two walks, an RBI and a run scored.

Seven Elizabethton batters had seven hits among them.

Kingsport reliever Jender DeJesus (1-0) picked up the win by tossing two innings, recording one strikeout and allowing no runs, no hits and no walks.

Dominquez got the final two outs and picked up the save after holding Elizabethton scoreless. He gave up one hit with three strikeouts, no walks and one hit batter.

Ryan Shreve (0-1) took the loss in his professional debut. He went three innings, giving up four runs on eight hits with five strikeouts and no walks.

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