Kingsport Times-News: Twins pull away from K-Mets for 6-2 victory
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Twins pull away from K-Mets for 6-2 victory

TANNER COOK • Jul 4, 2019 at 10:26 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Both the Kingsport Mets and the Elizabethton Twins needed a win in Thursday’s Appalachian League Independence Day contest at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark to get back on track.

The Mets and Twins both had three-game losing streaks, but the E-Twins were able to end theirs with a 6-2 victory.

“Playing on the Fourth of July is awesome. It’s America’s pastime on America’s birthday,” said Twins designated hitter Albee Weiss. “Baseball and the Fourth of July go hand-in-hand. … Getting the offense going in front of the best crowd of the season was great. It was electric tonight and we’re thankful everyone came out to support us.”

The Twins (8-8) pitching staff was solid after getting smacked by the Yankees for three games as Ben Gross got the win (2-0) going six innings and allowing two runs on five hits. He struck out four.

Brendan Hardy took the loss for the Mets (7-9) after giving up the go-ahead run in the sixth inning. He struck out one.

METS STRIKE FIRST

The Mets were able to get on the board in the top half of the opening frame with a Jaylen Palmer grounder to shortstop Spencer Steer that scored Jhoander Saez from third.

The hard-throwing Michel Otañez — who touched 98 miles per hour on the radar gun a few times with a four-seam fastball — sat down the first three Elizabethton batters he faced. Two were via strikeout, both swinging.

Otañez ended up with the no decision while striking out eight.

POWER-HITTING CATCHER

Matt Wallner drew a one-out walk to help start an attack for the Twins in the bottom of the second. On a 2-1 count, catcher Alex Isola hit a ball high over the left field wall for his first home run of the season.

That hit also gave the Twins a 2-1 lead after two frames.

The K-Mets countered in the fourth with a Tanner Murphy RBI single that scored Wilfred Astudillo from second. It was a new ballgame tied at two runs apiece.

WEISS GOES YARD

Fan favorite Weiss launched a ball in the home half of the sixth with two outs over the left centerfield wall for his fourth home run of the season.

Weiss’ homer and a Seth Gray RBI groundout that scored Steer for a second time gave the Twins a 4-2 lead in the tight contest.

The E-Twins got two more runs in the bottom of the seventh when Willie Jo Garry Jr. hit a two-run bomb over the right field wall into the parking lot.

UP NEXT

The Mets and Twins will continue the three-game series on Friday night with the first pitch scheduled for 6:30.

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