The breaks of the game just didn't go the Kingsport Mets' way on Saturday night. The Danville Braves tallied four groundball doubles down the base line-all in the same inning-to take an insurmountable 7-0 lead en route to a 9-4 victory over Kingsport.
Saturday's result sets the stage for a rubber game between the two Appalachian League teams at Hunter Wright Stadium on Sunday. First pitch is scheduled for 5 p.m.
Kingsport starter Chris Flexen (0-2) allowed seven hits, six of which went for extra bases. Four of those six extra-base knocks were fair by only a few inches. Jose Peraza, Carlos Franco, Edison Sanchez and Troy Snitker each laced a double down either the first- or third-base line. Those hits, along with a triple by Blake Brown, chased Flexen from the game after only 2 1-3 innings of work.
Kingsport fell behind by a huge margin, but had a few chances to make a game of it. The K-Mets left the bases loaded in the fifth inning, and had a promising seventh-inning rally snuffed by a fantastically turned double play by the Braves' third baseman Franco.
Jon Leroux highlighted the K-Mets' lineup's performance with a two-run homer to center field in the eighth inning. Jorge Rivero also had a good game, tallying a triple and a double.
Carlos Perez (3-1) picked up the win in relief for Danville.
Poor command chased all five Kingsport pitchers who took the mound. Flexen, Robert Gsellman, Juan Urbina and Carlos Valdez combined to issue eight walks. The only K-Mets hurler who didn't give up a walk was Andres Perez, and he faced just two batters after entering the third in the jam that chased Flexen,
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