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Taylor, Regnault boost K-Mets to win over Yankees

Kevin Mays • Jul 27, 2019 at 10:12 PM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport again struggled at the plate before Andres Regnault and Kennie Taylor came through with big bats for the K-Mets on Saturday at Hunter Wright Stadium.

Taylor led off the bottom of the eighth inning with a single and worked his way over to third thanks to a walk and a fielder’s choice. Regnault then delivered a sacrifice fly to right field to score Taylor for a 3-2 Appalachian League win over the Pulaski Yankees.

Taylor finished with two hits and two runs scored and Regnault had a hit and two RBIs.

The win tied the three-game series between Kingsport (17-20) and Pulaski (23-14) at a game apiece. The rubber game is set for Sunday at 4 p.m. at Hunter Wright.

MAKE IT COUNT

Pulaski outhit the K-Mets 10-5 but left 10 runners on base — stranding eight over the first four innings of the contest.

The visiting team finally scored in the top of the sixth. Borinquen Mendez doubled and later scored from third on a groundout from Jake Farrell for a 1-0 Yankees lead.

KEEPING IT CLOSE

While Pulaski hit the ball hard early, Kingsport didn’t get its first hit until the sixth.

Yankees starter Ken Waldichuk tossed three hitless innings and reliever Ryan Anderson held the K-Mets in check in the fourth and fifth. The K-Mets finally broke the string when Taylor came up with a one-out single, later scoring on an RBI single from Regnault for the 1-1 tie.

The tie was short-lived.

Pulaski’s Anthony Volpe, who went 3-for-5 in the game, doubled and scored two batters later on a single from Chad Bell.

Bell finished with two hits and drove in a run.

K-METS FIRE BACK

Cristopher Pujols singled to lead off the bottom of the seventh, stole second and advanced to third on a throwing error by Pulaski catcher Gabriel Mora.

Scott Ota then smacked a shot off the wall in right field to score Pujols and forge a 2-2 tie.

After Kingsport hurler Jefferson Escorcha set down Pulaski in order in the top of the eighth, Taylor and Regnault worked their magic again in the bottom half to give the K-Mets their first lead of the game.

Kingsport’s Josh Hejka picked up his second save of the season by retiring the top of the Yankees lineup in order in the ninth.

Escorcha (5-0) earned the win after pitching the sixth, seventh and eighth innings. He gave up two runs — one earned — on four hits with three strikeouts and no walks.

Kenlly Montas (0-1) gave up the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run in the eighth to take the loss.

Montas surrendered one run on one hit with one walk and no strikeouts in one inning of work.

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