Like heavyweight boxers slugging it out, the Danville Braves and Kingsport Mets threw one offensive punch after another. In the end, Danville was left standing with an 11-7 Appalachian League win.
The game featured a combined 28 hits, including five home runs.
The win ended a five-game losing streak for the Braves (20-32). It also put them up 1-0 in the three-game series at Kingsport, scheduled to continue Tuesday with a 6:30 p.m. start at Hunter Wright.
ALL ABOUT THE POWER
Hitting and power dominated the game from the start.
The Braves got a two-out single from Connor Blair in the top of the first, and he came home on a triple by Willie Carter.
It was a sign of things to come — especially from Carter. The Braves’ 34th-round draft pick out of Webber International finished a double shy of hitting for the cycle. He was 3-for-4 with a solo home run, two RBIs, a walk and two runs scored.
Danville got two hits apiece from Cody Milligan, Beau Phillip, Connor Blair, Cody Birdsong and Ray Hernandez in a 15-hit barrage.
Blair did most of the damage with a three-run home run in the sixth that highlighted a five- run frame for the Braves.
Birdsong helped the Braves’ cause in the sixth with a solo homer.
CLOSE FOR A MINUTE
The sixth-inning explosion came after the K-Mets (24-48) briefly made the game interesting with a four-run rally.
Heading to the bottom of the fifth, the K-Mets trailed 6-1. After a single by Wilfred Astudillo and a walk by Scott Ota, Tanner Murphy — who had belted a solo homer in the second — delivered a two-out single to score Astudillo. Gregory Guerrero followed with a three-run blast to make it 6-5.
Danville answered with its five-run sixth and then turned back a Kingsport rally attempt in the ninth.
After tacking on a run in the bottom of the sixth — Ota scoring on a Cole Kleszcz single — the K-Mets finagled two hits and two walks in the bottom of the ninth but could push across just a single run.
Every batter in the Kingsport lineup had a hit.
Murphy, Ota, Kleszcz and Jhoander Saez finished with two each.
Pitching on both sides struggled Monday.
Filyer Sanchez pitched only one inning but got the win for Danville. Sanchez (3-2) allowed one hit, walked one and gave up no runs with one strikeout in the fourth before being lifted for Peyton Williams in the fifth.
K-Mets starter Benito Garcia (1-3) took the loss after throwing the first four innings of the game. He gave up five runs on seven hits with one strikeout and two walks.