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K-Mets pitching stymies Yankees

From staff reports • Aug 17, 2019 at 2:07 AM

PULASKI, Va. — Christofer Dominguez and three relievers put the cuffs on the Pulaski Yankees’ lineup Friday night, anchoring a 6-1 Appalachian League victory for the Kingsport Mets at Calfee Park.

The East Division-leading Yankees (37-18) mustered just two hits against Kingsport, which moved within a half-game of Elizabethton and Bristol for a West Division playoff berth.

Furthermore, only 1½ games separate the K-Mets (27-29) and division front-runner Johnson City.

Surrendering just a lone hit over six innings, Dominguez (3-3) registered five strikeouts and worked around three walks.

After Christian Hipp allowed a hit and Pulaski’s run in 1 2/3 innings of duty, Brendan Hardy recorded the final out of the eighth inning and Nick MacDonald handled the ninth.

The K-Mets accounted for a run in each of the first, third and fourth innings, then a two-run home run by Cole Kleszcz made it a 5-0 game in the eighth.

An inning later, Brett Baty capped Kingsport’s scoring with a solo homer.

Baty went 3-for-4, drew a walk and scored three times from the top of the order. Kleszcz had a triple to go with his round-tripper and finished 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a pair of RBIs.

Cristopher Pujols contributed two hits in four at-bats, and Francisco Alvarez had a double and two walks for Kingsport.

Pulaski starter Ken Waldichuk (0-2) was pulled at the end of three innings.

Kingsport and Pulaski conclude their three-game set on Saturday. Game time at Calfee Park is 6:30 p.m.