Kingsport Times-News: Thirteen hits plus 17 Ks add up to Mets win over Reds
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Thirteen hits plus 17 Ks add up to Mets win over Reds

Kevin Mays • Jun 20, 2019 at 11:00 PM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Mets had about everything they needed for a successful Appalachian League baseball home opener Thursday.

The K-Mets got solid hitting with 13 hits — including three home runs — strong pitching from five pitchers and error-free defense on the way to a 13-6 win over the visiting Greeneville Reds.

With the win, Kingsport (2-1) moved into a tie with Elizabethton for first place in the Appy League West Division.

The K-Mets begin a three-game series with Elizabethton Friday at Kingsport.

EVERYBODY HITS

Every batter in the Kingsport lineup got at least one hit in Thursday’s win.

Jaylen Palmer got the first hit and he made it count. Palmer smacked a ball that cleared the left field fence for a solo home run.

Gregory Guerrero, the nephew of major league Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero, smacked a solo homer in the sixth inning.

Guerrero finished 2-for-4 with an RBI and scored one of Kingsport’s 13 runs.

Clean-up hitter Andres Regnaut provided Kingsport’s other home run.

The 20-year-old finished the game a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a home run, a double and a single. Regnaut had four RBIs and scored two runs.

Johander Saez delivered two RBIs for Kingsport, while Sebastian Espino also had two RBIs for the K-Mets.

Kingsport scored at least one run in six of the eight innings on its way to dominating the contest.

CERDA LEADS THE REDS

Allen Cerda was the only player to finish with multiple hits for Greeneville (1-2).

He finished 2-for-2 at the plate with a double, an RBI single and an RBI sacrifice fly.

It was a game of feast or famine for the Reds hitters.

Greeneville managed seven hits, with four doubles.

IN THE RECORD BOOK

Despite the power at the plate, Kingsport pitchers, all throwing on an early-season tight pitch count, combined to throw 17 strikeouts.

The total was the most strikeouts by a Greeneville Reds team in club history.

Hector Rodriquez, the K-Mets’ fifth pitcher of the night picked up the win.

Rodriquez (1-0) threw the final one and one-third innings, giving up no runs and no hits, while striking out two and walking one.

Greeneville starting pitcher Juan Abril (0-1) suffered the loss.

Abril gave up five runs on four hits with two strikeouts and a walk in one and two-thirds innings.

CHAMPIONSHIP REMATCH

The K-Mets vs. Elizabethton three-game series that begins Friday at Hunter Wright Stadium is a rematch of last year’s Appalachian League Western Division championship series.

Elizabethton won the series 2-1 on its way to the Appy League championship.

Greeneville is in action Friday with the start of a three-game series at winless Bristol.

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