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K-Mets hammer Blue Jays with five home runs

From staff reports • Aug 25, 2019 at 2:04 AM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Mets kept up their Appalachian League playoff push with a 9-2 rout of the Bluefield Blue Jays on Saturday at Hunter Wright Stadium.

The K-Mets hit five home runs: a solo shot by Scott Ota, a pair of solo homers by Francisco Alvarez, a two-run blast by Tanner Murphy and a grand slam by Cristopher Pujols.

The final three homers all came in the bottom of the sixth.

With Kingsport nursing a 2-1 lead, Alvarez smashed his second solo shot of the game. Jaylen Palmer and Andres Regnault followed with singles and Ota drew a four-pitch walk. Up stepped Pujols, who launched the ball over the wall in left-center.

Cole Kleszcz then got aboard on a hit by pitch, Murphy homered on the first pitch he saw and the K-Mets led 9-1.

Alvarez, Regnault and Pujols each finished 2-for-4. Regnault sits fourth in the Appy League with 42 RBIs. Pujols is second on the team with 28.

ON THE MOUND

Both starting pitchers got decisions.

Andres German (3-1) pitched six strong innings — allowing four hits, including a solo home run Miguel Hiraldo in the third, and striking out four — to pick up the win.

Lazaro Estrada (2-3) was tabbed with the loss after giving up two of Kingsport’s homers. He struck out seven.

DOWN THE WIRE

The K-Mets (32-32) are a half-game behind second-place Bristol (32-31) in the West Division. Johnson City (33-30) leads Bristol by a half-game, and Kingsport and the Cardinals close out the regular season with a crucial three-game set starting Monday at Hunter Wright.

UP NEXT

Game 3 of the series with the Blue Jays is Sunday at 4 p.m. when the K-Mets will go for the sweep.

It’s Ballad Health Day at the Ballpark, and the first 200 fans receive a free game admission tickets compliments of Ballad Health.

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