Such heroics were hardly necessary in Saturday night’s Appalachian League game. The K-Mets triumphed with plenty of room to spare, topping the Pirates 14-6.
Led by first-round draft pick Jarred Kelenic, who went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double, three Kingsport players finished with three RBIs apiece. The others were Mark Vientos and Luis Santana.
Daison Acosta earned his second victory of the season with five innings of work and three strikeouts. He gave up only one run.
GOOD START FOR KINGSPORT
The K-Mets got off to an ideal start. Yoel Romero drew a leadoff walk, and Kelenic was up next.
Kelenic has been struggling since his first week in the Appalachian League, batting just .158 and accumulating 10 RBIs during the span of about a month. He shook those demons early in Saturday night’s game with an RBI double down the left-field line and into the corner to score Romero.
Santana knocked a double to right-center to get Kelenic home, and suddenly the K-Mets had a 2-0 lead.
OUT OF ROOM
The third inning was a frenzy for the K-Mets and a fiasco for the BriBucs.
The Mets notched a 10-spot in the frame, one more than the brand-new scoreboard in right field is designed to hold per inning.
Kingsport exploded for seven hits, including back-to-back homers by Santana — a two-run shot — and Vientos — a solo shot. There were also four walks issued in the inning.
The K-Mets had surged out to a 12-0 lead, and it was going to be an uphill battle for Bristol to get back in the game.
Acosta was pitching a gem for Kingsport in the early going with four strong innings and allowing just one hit. He also had three strikeouts and one walk.
The bullpen couldn’t match that effectiveness, though, giving up four runs in the top of the eighth.
POURING IT ON
Kingsport continued to pour salt in the wound in the bottom of the fifth with a Kelenic two-run dinger to left field that also scored Yoel Romero.
The K-Mets were in total control, up 14-0 after five.
The K-Mets (23-19) and the Pirates (18-24) wrap up the weekend series Sunday at Hunter Wright. First pitch is penciled in for 4 p.m.
Kingsport trails leader Elizabethton by 2½ games in the West Division race.