New York Mets Minor League Baseball Commentary and Analysis
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Kingsport rolled all over Bluefield 18-6 and it’s hard to believe that a guy who belted two homeruns wasn’t even the hitting star. Greg Veloz played a part in eight of Kingsport’s 18 runs and he went three for five with two doubles, one walk, four RBIs and four runs. Jeremy Hambrice went two for five with two homeruns and four RBIs.
All three Kingsport pitchers gave up runs but Jorge Rodriguez picked up the win. He gave up two runs on three hits and four walks with one strikeout in four innings.
Angel Calero threw five outstanding innings of shutout relief in Kingsport’s 6-3 win over Bluefield. He gave up just three hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
At the plate, Kingsport truly had a team effort in this one. All six runs were scored by different players and five different hitters drove in runs. Jeremy Hambrice was the only Met to go yard and he finished two for four with the solo homerun.
Jose Bierd had a tough time finding the plate in Kingsport’s 8-7 loss to Burlington. He gave up five runs (four earned) on three hits and five walks in just 1 1/3 innings.
Darren Clark went two for five with a solo homerun. Cesar Cordido singled only once but he drove in three runs in the loss.
Kingsport went down early 4-0 but they rallied for six runs in the final four innings to beat Princeton 6-4. Jordan Abruzzo led the way at the plate. He went three for five with two homeruns and three RBIs.
Roy Merritt picked up the win with two shutout innings of relief. He didn’t give up a hit or walk in two perfect innings.
Richard Pena had a big day at the plate in Kingsport’s 7-6 win over Princeton. He went three for three with a homerun, two RBIs and three runs. Darren Clark went two for five with two doubles, a run and an RBI.
Manuel Olivares picked up the win with four solid innings of relief. He gave up one run on four hits with two strikeouts.
Since Kingsport’s home opener was rained out, their first day of games turned into a doubleheader and unfortunately, they lost both. In the first game, Elizabethton destroyed Kingsport 15-1. Elvin Ramirez was shelled for seven runs in three innings and Richard Pena went two for three.
Game two was closer but a loss is a loss. Angel Calero was hit hard for six runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. The big story was Marcos Tabata. He got ten batters out and nine of those were by strikeouts. He ended up giving up one hit and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Daniel Stegall tripled, drew two walks and drove in three in the game.
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