KINGSPORT — Vaughn Bryan hit a base-clearing triple in a four-run inning and four pitchers combined on a shut out in Johnson City’s rain-shortened 5-0 win over the Kingsport Mets in an Appalachian League baseball game Friday night at Hunter-Wright Stadium.
Bryan’s triple came with two outs in the second after the Cards loaded the bases on a single, a hit batter and a fielding error. He scored the other run in the inning on a single by Kenneth Peoples-Walls.
Luis Perdomo pitched five shutout innings, scattering five hits and two walks, and striking out four to get the win. Norge Paredes held the Mets to one hit and a walk in the sixth and seventh, and Stalyn Lopez pitched a perfect eighth. Fernando Baez struck out the only batter he faced in the ninth before the game was called because of rain.
Besides the four-run second, Bryan was the only Card that had any success off Mets starter Robert Whalen. Bryan reached in the first after the catcher failed to cleanly catch the third strike and then led off the fifth with a double. Whalen didn’t allow any other baserunners until he issued his first walk with one out in the sixth.
Johnson City added another run in the top of the ninth. Peoples-Walls doubled to reach and scored on another double by Brett Wiley.
Bryan finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs, a run scored and two stolen bases. Peoples-Walls was 2-for-5 with an RBI and run.
Amed Rosario was the only Met with more than one hit. He singled in the fifth and seventh.
The Cards improved to 2-0 and play at Kingsport again tonight at 6.