Eddie Campbell strikes out career-high 12 in stellar start
By CHEYNE REITER
Eddie Campbell ended a streak of three subpar outings with the best outing of his professional baseball career. The southpaw carried the Pulaski Mariners past the Kingsport Mets Sunday night at Calfee Park, dealing six shutout frames in a 15-0 rout.
The former Virginia Tech Hokie and 2013 15th-round Draft pick of the Seattle Mariners was at his best on the bump. The left-hander struck out the side – all on curveballs – in the first inning, setting the stage for what would become a dominant outing.
Campbell had a no-hitter into the sixth inning, having his bid broken up on a one-out double by Kingsport’s Richie Rodriguez. He only allowed two other base runners – a one-out walk to Michael Bernal in the third and a hit batsman in the fifth.
While Campbell was spectacular on the mound, the Pulaski bats put on a show as well.
Pulaski grabbed a 2-0 lead in the second, despite having just one hit in the inning. Kingsport starter Martires Arias loaded the bases with three walks, and Franca put the M’s on top with a RBI single to left. Arias then issued a bases-loaded walk to Aaron Barbosa, ending his night after just 1 2/3 innings pitched.
The M’s added two more runs in the third. Jeff Zimmerman drew a leadoff walk and one out later, scored on Isaiah Yates’ RBI triple. Yates came in to score as Mets reliever Andrew Massie uncorked a wild pitch.
Campbell struck out the side again in the fifth, and the Mariners busted the game wide-open with a seven-run outburst in the bottom half.
The Mariners sent 13 men to the plate, and it took the Mets three pitchers to get through the inning. Dan Kemp made it 6-0 with a 2-run single and came in to score on Toby DeMello’s RBI double. Zimmerman added a 3-run bases-clearing double to finish out the scoring in the fifth.
Pulaski tacked on four runs in the sixth, highlighted by a 2-run home run off the bat of Zimmerman – his 5th of the year – completing the 15-0 blowout.
Campbell (3-3) got the win and lowered his ERA to 3.72. The win was his first at Calfee Park where he holds a 2.95 ERA in five appearances, four starts. He’s now struck out 66 batters in 48 1/3 innings of work.
Wander Marte and Isliexel Gonzalez closed out the Mets with three perfect innings.
The Mets struck out 17 times total and had just one hit – Rodriguez’ double – in the fifth.
Arias (1-7) took the loss as his road woes continued – he’s now 1-3 with a 9.60 ERA in four starts.
Yates had a streak of reaching base safely in seven straight at-bats snapped with a groundout to second in the seventh. During the streak, Yates hit two home runs, a triple, two doubles, and walked twice.
Pulaski collected 13 hits, led by DeMello (3-for-4, 2 2B, BB, 2R, RBI), Zimmerman (2-for-5, HR, 2B, BB, 2R, 5RBI), Yates (2-for-3, 3B, 2B, 2BB, 3R, RBI) and Franca (2-for-5, R, 2RBI).
Kingsport (35-27) fell out of first place in the Appy West and trail Greeneville by a ½ game in the standings. Pulaski (40-23) pulled within a ½ game of Bluefield (40-22) in the Appy East who lost 4-3 in 10 innings at Greeneville.
Both teams meet for game tomorrow night with first pitch at 7:00 p.m. ET. M’s ace Edwin Diaz (5-1, 1.41) will take the mound against Kingsport left-hander Yoan Gonzalez (3-4, 2.68).
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