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Twins double up K-Mets, avoid series sweep

By Tanner Cook • Jun 23, 2019 at 10:38 PM

KINGSPORT — The Elizabethton Twins brought the Kingsport Mets’ three-game winning streak to an emphatic end Sunday afternoon at Hunter Wright Stadium.

The Twins pounded out 14 hits in a 12-6 win that allowed them to avoid the three-game Appalachian League series sweep.

Max Smith went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and a pair of walks for Elizabethton, which left 17 baserunners stranded. Seth Gray was 1-for-3 with two RBIs and took three of the 12 walks issued by Kingsport pitching.

Wilfred Astudillo went 1-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored for the K-Mets. The only Kingsport player with more than one hit was Christopher Pujols, who went 3-for-5 and drove in a run to lead his team’s 11-hit attack.

Erik Cha got his second win of the young season as the most effective reliever, pitching two innings and giving up just one earned run. Four Elizabethton hurlers combined to strike out 12 batters.

Each team committed three errors.

SUDDEN OUTBURST

A five-run top of the fourth inning blew open what was just a 2-1 lead for Elizabethton.

Smith walked and moved to second on a wild pitch by K-Mets starter Michel Otanez. Janigson Villalobos singled, sending Smith to third.

Mitchell Senger — who in his previous appearance walked the bases loaded and walked in a run without recording an out — came on in relief of Otanez and didn’t fare much better this time.

Senger walked the first three batters he faced, allowed Smith to score on a wild pitch, walked in a run and threw a total of three strikes. Senger finally recorded an out on Albee Weiss’ sacrifice fly to left.

Another run came home on a fielder’s choice before Senger got yanked in favor of Hector Rodriguez, who allowed one more Elizabethton run but got the K-Mets out of the inning trailing 7-1.

The Twins piled up four more runs in the sixth thanks to four singles, three walks and an error.

NEXT UP

The K-Mets (4-2) open a three-game road series at Burlington on Monday at 6:30 p.m. After an off day Thursday, they visit Johnson City for a three-game weekend set before returning home to take on Bristol on Monday, July 1.

The Twins (3-3) are off Monday before beginning three-game homestand against Bristol on Tuesday.

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