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K-Mets sweep Jays, move into wild-card tie

From staff reports • Aug 25, 2019 at 10:57 PM

KINGSPORT — Five pitchers combined on a four-hit shutout to keep Kingsport in the thick of the Appalachian League playoff race.

Starter Jordany Ventura threw four innings of no-hit ball and the K-Mets took a 3-0 win over Bluefield on Sunday at Hunter Wright Stadium.

On the heels of the three-game sweep of the Blue Jays (30-34), the K-Mets (33-32) are a half-game behind West Division-leading Bristol in the standings and tied with Johnson City in the wild-card race.

Hector Rodriguez (3-2) gave up a hit and two walks over two innings in notching the win.

Luis Silva and Jender DeJesus each threw an inning before Reyson Santos came on to close and picked up his eighth save of the season.

OPPORTUNISTIC K-METS

The strong arms meant the K-Mets didn’t need much offense, getting two runs in the third inning and one in the seventh.

In the third with the bases loaded, Andres Regnault and Scott Ota were hit by pitches on back-to-back plate appearances. Jhoander Saez ripped a line-drive single to left field in the seventh that plated Sebastian Espino for the game’s final run.

No players from either team had multiple hits or hit for extra bases. K-Mets second baseman Jaylen Palmer went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks.

Each team had four hits, but Kingsport did a better job taking advantage of its opportunities. The K-Mets were 1-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left six on base. The Jays were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11.

TOUGH LUCK

Felipe Castaneda (3-4) suffered the loss after giving up two runs and four free bases over 3 2/3 innings. Meliton Reyes hurled 3 2/3 innings of one-hit ball before Austin Havekost came in for the final two innings.

CRUCIAL SERIES

Kingsport hosts Johnson City in a three-game series to wrap up the regular season.

Monday’s game — which is Family Night at Hunter Wright — is set for a 6:30 p.m.

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