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Kingsport holds off M’s rally, win 6-4

KINGSPORT, T.N. – Down by six runs going into the top of the ninth inning, the Pulaski Mariners mounted a four-run rally which ultimately resulted in the tying run coming to the plate. Alas, it was too little, too late for the Mariners as the Mets were able to slam the door for Pulaski’s second loss in as many days.
With Mets reliever Raul Batis – who came on in relief in the sixth and pitched three perfect innings – still on the mound, the Mariners started the top of the ninth down 6-0. After a quick out by Mario Martinez, Jose Rivero and Juan Fuentes reach on consecutive singles – the Mariners first base runners since the fifth inning. A Kalian Sams strikeout left the Mariners down to their last out.
With Kris Sanchez at the dish, a passed ball followed by an error by the Mets’ shortstop allowed Rivero to score the Pulaski’s first run of the game and allowed Sanchez to reach first base.
With runners on first and third, Deybis Benitez doubled in Fuentes and Sanchez to cut the deficit to 6-3.
A single by Fred Bello allowed Benitez to score and brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Dwight Britton.
With Britton at the plate, the Mets brought in their closer, Manuel Alvarez, to slam the door on the Mariners and end the comeback. And that is exactly what Alvarez did, getting Britton to groundout to third base and kill the Mariner rally, handing Pulaski its second straight loss to Kingsport.
The Mets were able to jump on Pulaski starting pitcher Fabian Williamson (0-2) quickly as back-to-back doubles in the second inning resulted in a Mets lead of 2-0. Williamson would last two more innings, giving up those two runs on three hits while striking out four.
Philip Roy came on for Pulaski in the fifth inning and pitched two perfect innings.
The Mets were able to extend their lead to 6-0 when reliever Andres Esquibel replaced Roy to start the seventh inning. Esquibel proceeded to give up two runs in both the seventh and the eighth innings on six hits, including a solo homerun by Kingsport designated hitter Wilmer Flores (2) to start the eighth inning.
Kingsport starting pitcher John Holdzkom (2-1) pitched a brilliant game, allowing no runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six Mariners in five innings of work.
Benitez led the Mariners at the plate, collecting two RBI’s and a run scored on two hits, including his ninth inning double. Fuentes and Rivero also had two hits apiece, each scoring a run as well. Sanchez and Bello both contributed one hit apiece, with Sanchez scoring a run and Bello collecting an RBI.
The Mariners will continue their road trip Sunday evening with a one-game series at the home of the Bristol White Sox before coming back to Calfee Park for a six-game home stand.

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Kingsport holds off M’s rally, win 6-4

KINGSPORT, T.N. – Down by six runs going into the top of the ninth inning, the Pulaski Mariners mounted a four-run rally which ultimately resulted in the tying run coming to the plate. Alas, it was too little, too late for the Mariners as the Mets were able to slam the door for Pulaski’s second loss in as many days.
With Mets reliever Raul Batis – who came on in relief in the sixth and pitched three perfect innings – still on the mound, the Mariners started the top of the ninth down 6-0. After a quick out by Mario Martinez, Jose Rivero and Juan Fuentes reach on consecutive singles – the Mariners first base runners since the fifth inning. A Kalian Sams strikeout left the Mariners down to their last out.
With Kris Sanchez at the dish, a passed ball followed by an error by the Mets’ shortstop allowed Rivero to score the Pulaski’s first run of the game and allowed Sanchez to reach first base.
With runners on first and third, Deybis Benitez doubled in Fuentes and Sanchez to cut the deficit to 6-3.
A single by Fred Bello allowed Benitez to score and brought the tying run to the plate in the form of Dwight Britton.
With Britton at the plate, the Mets brought in their closer, Manuel Alvarez, to slam the door on the Mariners and end the comeback. And that is exactly what Alvarez did, getting Britton to groundout to third base and kill the Mariner rally, handing Pulaski its second straight loss to Kingsport.
The Mets were able to jump on Pulaski starting pitcher Fabian Williamson (0-2) quickly as back-to-back doubles in the second inning resulted in a Mets lead of 2-0. Williamson would last two more innings, giving up those two runs on three hits while striking out four.
Philip Roy came on for Pulaski in the fifth inning and pitched two perfect innings.
The Mets were able to extend their lead to 6-0 when reliever Andres Esquibel replaced Roy to start the seventh inning. Esquibel proceeded to give up two runs in both the seventh and the eighth innings on six hits, including a solo homerun by Kingsport designated hitter Wilmer Flores (2) to start the eighth inning.
Kingsport starting pitcher John Holdzkom (2-1) pitched a brilliant game, allowing no runs on four hits and two walks while striking out six Mariners in five innings of work.
Benitez led the Mariners at the plate, collecting two RBI’s and a run scored on two hits, including his ninth inning double. Fuentes and Rivero also had two hits apiece, each scoring a run as well. Sanchez and Bello both contributed one hit apiece, with Sanchez scoring a run and Bello collecting an RBI.
The Mariners will continue their road trip Sunday evening with a one-game series at the home of the Bristol White Sox before coming back to Calfee Park for a six-game home stand.

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