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Wild pitch in 10th pushes Cardinals past Mets

Kevin Mays • Jun 29, 2018 at 10:39 PM

KINGSPORT—A game that had a combined 22 hits was decided by a wild pitch Friday.

Johnson City’s Nolan Gorman scored from third on a wild pitch from Kingsport’s Marbin Montijo in the top of the 10th inning to lift the Cardinals to a 7-6 win in Appalachian League baseball action at Hunter Wright Stadium.

The loss was the first of the season for Kingsport (7-2) on its home field.

Both K-Mets losses have been delivered by Johnson City.

FIGHT TO THE FINISH, WITH A TWIST

The extra-inning win for the Cardinals (4-5) came with a twist, especially for baseball purists.

This season marks the first time in the Minor League ranks that a designated runner is put on second base to start the inning when the game goes into extra innings.

The rule is an experimental one by Major League Baseball that Johnson City manager Roberto Espinoza thinks will make its way to the big leagues.

“It’s something that MLB is doing and well, we have to deal with it,” said Espinoza. “It helps with pitchers and it gives the hitters a key situation. It’s great.”

RUNNING THE BASES

The extra runner on base worked well for the Cardinals.

Gorman started the inning on second base and moved to third when Brandon Riley grounded out to second for the second out of the inning.

Then, a wild pitch from Montijo allowed Gorman to score the eventual winning run.

In the bottom of the 10th, Yoel Romero started on second base for the K-Mets with Johnson City’s David Oca (1-1) working on the mound.

Shervyen Newton flew out to right to allow Romero to tag up and move to third.

Thomas Parsons then came on in relief of Oca to shut the door on Kingsport and pick up his first save of the season.

LOTS OF OFFENSE

Both teams produced runs and hits throughout the game.

Johnson City finished with 12 hits in the contest, while Kingsport added 10.

The Cardinals’ Leandro Cedeno provided four hits in five plate appearances. He also scored two runs.

Jonatan Machado finished 2-for-4 at the plate for the Cards, while Moises Castillo and Kevin Woodall each had solo home runs for Johnson City.

Kingsport had two solo homers of its own, a shot from Anthony Dirocie in the fourth and game-tying shot from Gavin Garay in the bottom of the seventh.

Dirocie was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two RBIs for the K-Mets, while Garay finished 2-for-4 with a couple of RBIs.

SERIES DECIDER

The two teams are scheduled to meet again Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at Hunter Wright Stadium for the deciding game three of the series.

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