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K-Mets pitching fans 11 in series-evening win

• Aug 14, 2019 at 12:41 AM

KINGSPORT — Four pitchers combined to limit Danville to five hits and the Kingsport Mets snagged a 3-1 Appalachian League victory over the Braves on Tuesday night at Hunter Wright Stadium.

The Braves (20-33) failed to get a hit over the final five innings. K-Mets pitcher Jefferson Escorcha (7-1) was good for four of those innings, earning the decision in the process.

Nick MacDonald struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth for his second save.

Kingsport pitching totaled 11 strikeouts — Escorcha and starter Junior Santos each tallied four — against just one walk. Santos yielded a run over three innings, then Jender De Jesus pitched the fourth.

Kingsport (25-28) trailed before Jaylen Palmer socked a sixth-inning double that brought home Francisco Alvarez.

Scott Ota scored on a Cristopher Pujols two-bagger in the seventh to put the K-Mets ahead. Anthony Dirocie followed with a single that pushed Tanner Murphy across the plate.

Ota doubled twice in a 3-for-4 showing, powering Kingsport’s eight-hit effort. Danville’s Connor Blair finished 2-for-4.

Braves starter Mitch Stallings threw five shutout innings and yielded two hits, struck out seven batters and issued no walks. Alger Hodgson (1-4) went the rest of the way.

After splitting the series’ first two games, the K-Mets and Braves close out their three-game series on Wednesday. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

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