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Elizabethton walks off against Kingsport 4-3

Tanner Cook • Aug 8, 2018 at 10:54 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Elizabethton Twins stole a game away from the Kingsport Mets with a walkoff two-run single in the bottom of ninth by Ricky de la Torre to score Colton Burns and Trevor Casanova for a 4-3 win.

Kingsport seemed to have complete control of the game with five consecutive scoreless innings after the third.

Mets starter Willy Taveras pitched eight strong innings, but Brian Metoyer walked the bases loaded in the ninth and gave the Twins the opportunity for the win.

Johan Quezada ended up with the win, pitching two and a third innings and striking out three.

The E-Twins now stretch the lead in the Appy League West back out to two and a half games. This was the last game in the season series between the two teams.

After the game, there was a brief altercation as the two teams headed to the locker rooms, but no punches seemed to be thrown.

A REAL RARITY

Mets starting pitcher Taveras had pitched quite well through five innings, allowing two runs and five hits. He had not walked anyone either.

Normally, a pitcher in the Appalachian League rarely lasts past five or six innings based on pitch counts.

Taveras went eight strong innings with the lead and only threw 81 pitches through seven innings. He got the three outs in the eighth he needed even with the leadoff runner in scoring position.

From the fifth on, the E-Twins managed one hit and just one runner past second base.

METS HOT START

Guillermo Granadillo continued his outstanding series with a leadoff single to start the game for the K-Mets. After stealing second, Twins starting pitcher Tyler threw back-to-back wild pitches and Granadillo scored. Suddenly, it seemed like Monday night again when Elizabethton shot themselves in the foot multiple times.

DON’T SEE THAT EVERY DAY

In the third, the Mets hit back-to-back two-out triples by Jarred Kelenic and Shervyen Newton. Kelenic scored on the latter of the two and Newton scored on a Luis Santana single.

The Mets’ lead ballooned to 3-0, but they had an opportunity for more.

On a Mark Vientos single that was fumbled around in the outfield, Santana tried to score on the throw to the infield. However, he was hosed at home on a baserunning mistake when Palm got the ball no less than 10 feet from home plate and threw to catcher Robert Molina for the final out of the inning.

TWINS SPARK A RALLY

The E-Twins finally got something going in the bottom of the third with back-to-back singles by Ricky de la Torre and Yeltsin Encarnacion.

Lean Marrero double to the gap in left field and de la Torre scored to cut the Kingsport lead to 3-1.

Jean Carlos Arias came up and got a groundout that scored Encarnacion. That would be it for the Twins, but they had cut the lead to 3-2.

UP NEXT

The Twins will host the Bluefield Blue Jays for a weekend series with first pitch at Joe O’Brien Field slated for 7 p.m.

The Mets will be on the road once again for a weekend series at Danville. First pitch at Dan Daniel Memorial Park is slated for 7 p.m.

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