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Mariners swept by Mets

KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Mets scored early and often Saturday night, putting 12 runs on the board in the first three innings, defeating the Pulaski Mariners 13-4. The loss was the final of a three-game sweep to the Mets (6-7), dropping the Mariners (6-6) to .500 for the first time this season.
Pulaski starting pitcher Kyle Haas (0-2) never found his comfort zone as he hit the first batter he faced, walked the second, and threw a wild pitch to the third batter, allowing the runners to move into scoring position. Haas then allowed three singles to the next five batters of the inning, giving up three runs before the inning concluded.
The Mariners managed to pull even with Kingsport in the top of the second inning when consecutive walks to Juan Fuentes and Guy Welsh and a single to Kalian Sams loaded the bases. A passed ball to Deybis Benitez allowed Fuentes to score, while a fielder’s choice by Kylee Hash scored Welsh and a single by Blake Trinkler scored Sams. The Mariners went into the bottom of the second tied at 3-3. Unfortunately, the score would not remain as close the next time the Mariners came to bat.
After getting the first batter of the inning to pop out, Haas looked as though he had finally found his control. Alas, two consecutive singles followed by a three-run homerun by Wilmer Flores (3) ended that notion, and Haas’ night was mercifully brought to a close when he walked the following batter. Stephen Penny replaced Haas on the mound, but did not fare any better as he allowed two singles and a double to three of the next four batters he faced, giving up another three runs. By the time the inning ended, the Mariners had given up six runs on six hits and trailed 9-3.
Penny’s night did not get any better in the third inning as he allowed a single, two doubles, and a bases loaded triple en-route to giving up three more runs in the inning. By the end of the third the Mariners found themselves in a nine-run hole, one they had no hope to crawl back from.
Fortunately for Pulaski, the deficit did not grow much further as relievers Blake Nation, Jeff Dunbar, and Tommy Johannesen-Ellis combined to allow one run on only two hits in the final five innings of work.
Pulaski did manage to cut into their deficit somewhat in the seventh inning as Welsh hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Anthony Phillips. It would be Pulaski’s final run of the game.
Sams led the Mariner offense Saturday, getting two hits, including a double and a run scored. Hash and Trinkler contribute a hit and an RBI apiece, while Welsh added an RBI on a sac fly. Phillips and Rivero each had one hit.
Sunday’s one game series at the Bristol White Sox was postponed due to rain. No make-up date has been announced.
The Mariners hope some home cooking will end their three-game slide as they return home tonight to face off against the Bristol White Sox. Bristol (8-3) is having a strong start to the season, currently sitting behind Elizabethton for second place in the West Division.
The Mariners will also celebrate “Bread Night” at Calfee Park tonight, as a free loaf of bread courtesy of Flowers Bakery will be given to the first 150 fans through gate.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. with first pitch set for 7 p.m.

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Mariners swept by Mets

KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Mets scored early and often Saturday night, putting 12 runs on the board in the first three innings, defeating the Pulaski Mariners 13-4. The loss was the final of a three-game sweep to the Mets (6-7), dropping the Mariners (6-6) to .500 for the first time this season.
Pulaski starting pitcher Kyle Haas (0-2) never found his comfort zone as he hit the first batter he faced, walked the second, and threw a wild pitch to the third batter, allowing the runners to move into scoring position. Haas then allowed three singles to the next five batters of the inning, giving up three runs before the inning concluded.
The Mariners managed to pull even with Kingsport in the top of the second inning when consecutive walks to Juan Fuentes and Guy Welsh and a single to Kalian Sams loaded the bases. A passed ball to Deybis Benitez allowed Fuentes to score, while a fielder’s choice by Kylee Hash scored Welsh and a single by Blake Trinkler scored Sams. The Mariners went into the bottom of the second tied at 3-3. Unfortunately, the score would not remain as close the next time the Mariners came to bat.
After getting the first batter of the inning to pop out, Haas looked as though he had finally found his control. Alas, two consecutive singles followed by a three-run homerun by Wilmer Flores (3) ended that notion, and Haas’ night was mercifully brought to a close when he walked the following batter. Stephen Penny replaced Haas on the mound, but did not fare any better as he allowed two singles and a double to three of the next four batters he faced, giving up another three runs. By the time the inning ended, the Mariners had given up six runs on six hits and trailed 9-3.
Penny’s night did not get any better in the third inning as he allowed a single, two doubles, and a bases loaded triple en-route to giving up three more runs in the inning. By the end of the third the Mariners found themselves in a nine-run hole, one they had no hope to crawl back from.
Fortunately for Pulaski, the deficit did not grow much further as relievers Blake Nation, Jeff Dunbar, and Tommy Johannesen-Ellis combined to allow one run on only two hits in the final five innings of work.
Pulaski did manage to cut into their deficit somewhat in the seventh inning as Welsh hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Anthony Phillips. It would be Pulaski’s final run of the game.
Sams led the Mariner offense Saturday, getting two hits, including a double and a run scored. Hash and Trinkler contribute a hit and an RBI apiece, while Welsh added an RBI on a sac fly. Phillips and Rivero each had one hit.
Sunday’s one game series at the Bristol White Sox was postponed due to rain. No make-up date has been announced.
The Mariners hope some home cooking will end their three-game slide as they return home tonight to face off against the Bristol White Sox. Bristol (8-3) is having a strong start to the season, currently sitting behind Elizabethton for second place in the West Division.
The Mariners will also celebrate “Bread Night” at Calfee Park tonight, as a free loaf of bread courtesy of Flowers Bakery will be given to the first 150 fans through gate.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. with first pitch set for 7 p.m.

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