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Johnson City sweeps doubleheader to stay perfect against K-Mets

Kevin Mays • Jul 25, 2019 at 12:23 AM

KINGSPORT — Johnson City continued its domination of Kingsport on Wednesday as the Cardinals ran away with two wins in an Appalachian League doubleheader at Hunter Wright Stadium.

The Cardinals scored three runs in the sixth inning and five more in the seventh inning on the way to an 11-3 nightcap win over Kingsport after rolling to a 7-1 victory over the K-Mets in the first game of the twin bill.

With the sweep, Johnson City (18-16) clinched the second series of the season between the two teams and continued its mastery of the K-Mets this year.

The Cardinals have won all five meetings with Kingsport (15-19) during the summer season.

The two teams are scheduled to conclude the three-game series Thursday at Kingsport with a 6:30 p.m. start time.

BIG INNING FOR THE WIN

After struggling at the plate in the first game of the day, the K-Mets got four hits in the first inning, including a lead-off solo home run from Kennie Taylor.

That was all the offense Kingsport could muster.

Johnson City cut the lead to 3-2 in the third inning. In the fifth inning, Kevin Vargas singled and later scored on a single from Trejyn Fletcher.

Johnson City’s offense then exploded in the sixth and seventh inning. Three of the five runs in the seventh came courtesy of passed balls.

Carlos Soler finished 3-for-3 with an RBI for the Cardinals, while Vargas finished 2-for-2 with an RBI and two walks.

Kingsport’s Jaylen Palmer finished 2-for-4 in the contest.

CARDS ROLL IN OPENER

Johnson City dominated all aspects of the twin bill’s opener.

The Cardinals out-hit Kingsport 9-5, played error-free defense and got a dominating performance from pitcher Michael Yasenka (1-1).

Yasenka, a 17th-round draft pick, went the distance in the seven-inning contest.

The complete-game performance was the first in the Appalachian League this season.

The former Eastern Illinois right-hander allowed only one run — a solo home run from Francisco Alvarez in the bottom of the third — on five hits with 10 strikeouts and one walk.

Kingsport used four different pitchers in the game.

K-Mets starter Cesar Loaiza (1-1) suffered the loss after giving up four runs on three hits and three walks over two and two-thirds innings.

Malcom Nunez did most of the damage at the plate for Johnson City. He finished 3-for-4 at the plate with a run scored, while Kyle Skeels went 2-for-3 with two RBIs for the Cardinals. Liam Sabino finished 2-for-2 with an RBI.

The Cardinals broke open a scoreless game in the third inning by scoring four runs.

After Kingsport’s homer from Alvarez in the bottom of the inning, a two-run smash from Todd Lott lifted Johnson City to 6-1 lead.

The Cards added another run in the seventh inning to seal the win.

Alvarez and Scott Ota each finished 2-for-3 at the plate for Kingsport in the loss.

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