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Large crowd sees Astros fall to Mets in home finale08/29/2010 12:10 AM ET
By Hunter Reed / Greeneville Astros
GREENEVILLE, TN - The Greeneville Astros took on the Kingsport Mets at Pioneer Park on Saturday night with a crowd of 2,557 on hand to see the Astros play their home finale for the 2010 season.
Prior to the game, Telvin Nash was named the Greeneville Astros Most Valuable Player for the 2010 season in an on-field ceremony. The 2009 3rd round pick leads the team with 36 RBI and is tied for the team lead in homeruns with 11.
Meanwhile, Marcus Nidiffer, who was called up to the Short-Season A Tri-City ValleyCats on August 13th, was named the recipient of the Oscar Padron Award. The Bristol, TN native received the award for not only excelling on the field, but more importantly, being a leader in the clubhouse and an outstanding all-around person with great character off the field.
Once the game started, the first two innings were scoreless. Then, the Mets and Astros exchanged leads four times over the third and fourth innings. Kingsport got their first run in the top of the third on a RBI-single from Ray Van Gurp to give them a 1-0 lead.
The Astros came right back in the bottom of the inning with two runs of their own. Delino DeShields, Jr. got a double on a fly ball to center field. Then, following a Rafael Valenzuela walk, Telvin Nash connected on another double center field to bring in both runners.
Kingsport picked up two more runs to regain the lead in the top of the fourth inning, but Greeneville responded again with a two-run homer from Chris Lovett to put the Astros back on top 4-3.
The score remained that way until the top of the eighth inning when Kingsport tied the game on a RBI-triple by John Semel. Then, Chase Greene grounded into a force out that brought Semel home to give the Mets the lead. Finally, Aderlin Rodriguez closed out the scoring with a RBI-double to give Kingsport a 6-4 advantage.
Orlando Tovar, the starting pitcher for the Mets, went 7.0 innings, gave up four runs on six hits, and had four strikeouts as he earned the win. Joshua Edgin came on for the Mets in the ninth inning and got the save.
The Astros conclude their 2010 season with a three-game series on the road against the Pulaski Mariners. For more information on the Astros, call (423) 638-0411.