The Johnson City Cardinals saw Kingsport’s Pedro Perez launch a pair of three-run home runs in Thursday’s 20-4 setback that also included a late offensive outburst by the visiting Mets.
Perez’s first home run of the day came in the second inning with a pair of outs and facing a 0-2 count. Later on, the third baseman lined a second home run down the left-field line in the visitor’s half of the sixth. He also added a single in the fourth frame as part of his 3-for-5 day. Perez drew a walk in the seventh inning.
Kingsport added an eight-run seventh for insurance scores as a total of 13 Mets went to the plate during the inning. Five more runs came across in Kingsport’s half of the ninth to pad the advantage.
The result sent the Cardinals to 7-6 on the season. Johnson City welcomes the Mets, now 4-9, back for today’s 7 p.m. contest.
“This is just how it happens in baseball sometimes,” Johnson City manager Joe Kruzel said after the game. “Just unfortunate, we had numerous chances early in the game and couldn’t execute. We put ourselves in holes defensively, get to two outs in the inning and couldn’t finish it. Tomorrow is a new day.”
Johnson City cut into the early deficit thanks to a Brett Wiley RBI single in the third inning. That single was to left field and Justin Ringo scored after his lead-off walk. The home half of the seventh saw Kyle Grieshaber add a run-scoring single. Rowan Wick had a one-out double and scored on the RBI hit. Wick was 2-for-4 in the contest and both hits were doubles.
Yoenny Gonzalez had a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth which pushed in two Cardinals to score. Gonzalez was 2-for-3 coming off the bench.
The Cardinals threatened in the home half of the first, but left the bases loaded. That was a part of Johnson City leaving a total of 14 runners on base and going 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
Joe Tuschak finished the game 4-for-5 and scored four runs for the Mets. Jeff McNeil and Bradley Marquez also contributed three hits apiece as a part of Kingsport’s 19-hit effort.
Luis Rengel was awarded the victory on the mound for Kingsport. He tossed three scoreless innings with three hits allowed, a walk and a strikeout.
Alexander Reyes started for the Cardinals and went four innings, with three runs allowed on five hits. He mixed in seven strikeouts to give him 19 so far in 121?3 innings of work.