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Mets blow by Cardinals, 12-2

Tanner Cook • Updated Jun 23, 2018 at 11:30 PM

Kingsport made easy work of Johnson City on Saturday night.

Totaling 17 hits and getting help from five Cardinal errors, the Mets prevailed 12-2 in Appalachian League baseball activity at TVA Credit Union Ballpark.

The Mets are off to a 5-0 start in the Appalachian League and are now one game ahead of Elizabethton.

The Cardinals, meanwhile, are off to a 1-4 start, the second-worst record in the league — ahead of winless Burlington.

Kingsport has accounted for 21 runs over the last two games and 41 on the early season, by far the most in the Appy League.

Luis Santana went 4 for 6 for the K-Mets with one RBI. Teammate Ranfy Adon was 3 for 5, driving in two runs.

Dariel Gomez was the lone bright sport for JC, belting a two-run homer in the fifth.

The Cards shot themselves in the foot all game long, leaving 19 runners on base.

THIRD INNING IS THE CHARM

The K-Mets scored three runs in the top of the third inning, which started off with a throwing error by Cards pitcher Javier Villalobos.

Adon reached third base on the play that, minus the miscue, would’ve been a single. Yoel Romero singled to bring in Aron and the Mets were just getting started.

Shervyen Newton continued his hot start to the season with a double to right, plating Romero.

Mark Vientos got a single to left to bring home Newton from second base.

FANTASTIC FOURTH

In the fourth, the Mets were able to pick up right where they left off. Raul Beracierta led off with a solo home run to deep right field.

Adon got his second hit of the night with a triple to dead center. Four batters later, Vientos ripped a three-run homer that was almost identical in placement to Beracierta’s blast.

The Mets continued to pile it on as they hung seven runs on the Redbirds in the fourth.

CARDS GET ON THE BOARD

In the fifth, Leandro Cedeno got a single to help start a Johnson City scoring threat.

Gomez came up to the plate and hit a two-run blast to right field for the home team’s only scoring.

The Cards accounted for 10 hits during the game, but left the bases loaded on four separate occasions. The opportunities were there, but JC was unable to cash in.

HIT THE SHOWERS

In the top of the sixth, Cardinals manager Roberto Espinoza and K-Mets manager Sean Ratliff were ejected as there was some controversy over an obstruction call on a throw trying to get a runner stealing second base.

UP NEXT

JC finishes its series with the K-Mets today, with first pitch slated for 5 p.m. The Cards will try to avoid a three-game sweep.

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