A combination of solid offense and good starting pitching was the recipe for success for the E-Twins (24-23) who put an extra game between themselves and the Mets.
Matt Wallner’s two-run home run in the top of the first inning and Cody Lawyerson’s three hitless frames to start the contest were some of the high points for the Twins’ 24th win of the season.
The first ball hit into play against the Mets defense ended up as an error as Cristopher Pujols had trouble fielding the grounder off the bat of DeShawn Keirsey. Two batters later, Wallner cranked his fourth homer of the season over the right field wall.
Lawyerson’s first three frames were nearly spotless; the only baserunner was a leadoff walk to Brett Baty. After that, he retired the next nine in a row and left with the lead.
KINGSPORT GETS BACK
The Mets (22-25) have defended home field quite well this season, coming in with a 16-8 home record, which is fourth best in the Appalachian League.
Scott Ota got the first hit of the night off Elizabethton’s Erik Cha in the fourth inning with a triple. He later scored on an RBI groundout by Andres Regnault.
In the fifth, Tanner Murphy got on with a single to start the inning and Anthony Dirocie, Tuesday night’s hero, hit an RBI triple on the first pitch he saw to tie the game.
LAST BUT NOT LEAST
Kingsport pitchers have had trouble getting out the No. 9 hitter in opposing teams’ lineups all season, and Wednesday was no different.
Elizabethton’s Janigson Villalobos finished the night going 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning that put the game out of reach.
The Twins mashed out 13 hits and drew five walks on the evening.
ON THE MOUND
Erik Cha recorded his fifth win of the season to only one loss while Ryan Shreve picked up his third save of the season.
For Kingsport, Jefferson Escorcha suffered his first loss on the year (6-1).
The Twins will be at Johnson City for one game on Thursday night. The first pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.
The Mets will travel to Bristol for a four-game series with the Pirates. On Thursday, the teams will play a doubleheader beginning at 6 p.m. at Boyce Cox Field.