Guerrero, Palmer go deep again, K-Mets drop Twins

Kevin Mays • Jun 22, 2019 at 1:49 AM

KINGSPORT — Kingsport used its power game to pick up its second straight Appalachian League win.

The K-Mets smacked 10 hits on the way to a 7-2 victory over the Elizabethton Twins on Friday at Hunter Wright Stadium in the opener of their three-game series.


Every player in the lineup but one had a hit for Kingsport (3-1).

Gregory Guerrero provided the biggest offensive punch with his second home run in as many games. Guerrero finished 2-for-4 — hitting a solo shot in the second inning off Andriu Marin — with two RBIs and two runs scored.

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The K-Mets’ Jaylen Palmer also homered on back-to-back nights, this time a two-run smash in the third inning that also came off Marin.

Kingsport also got a strong night at the plate from Andres Regnault, who went 2-for-4 and drove in a run.


Elizabethton (2-2) rapped out plenty of hits but could not capitalize.

The Twins totaled 12 hits but left 14 runners on base.

Anthony Prato and Tyler Webb each finished 2-for-5 with one RBI. Willie Joe Garry Jr. was 2-for-4, and Charles Mack and Seth Gray each went 2-for-5.


Kingsport jumped ahead early on Guerrero’s homer in the second inning.

Elizabethton tied the game at 1 in the top of the third when Mack singled, advanced to second on an error and scored on a single from Webb.

Palmer put the K-Mets out front for good in the bottom of the third with his two-run homer.

Kingsport added another run in the fourth when Tanner Murphy was hit by a pitch, stole second and scored on a single from Guerrero.

Scott Ota added another run for the K-Mets in the fifth inning.

After walking, Ota moved to second on a groundout from Cole Kleszcz and scored on Wilfred Astudillo’s single to right for a 5-1 Kingsport lead after five.

Elizabethton pulled to within 5-2 in the eighth when Garry doubled before coming home on a single to left field by Prato.

Kingsport tacked on a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the eighth when Murphy and Guerrero reached base on back-to-back errors.

After Kennie Taylor’s sacrifice bunt moved the runners up a base, Murphy scored on a passed ball and Regnault singled to drive in Guerrero.


Reliever Jefferson Escorcha came on in the top of the fourth inning to earn the win. Escorcha (1-0) pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up no runs on three hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

He relieved starter Ramon Guzman, who allowed five hits and one run, struck out six and walked one.

Marin (0-1) gave up seven hits and four runs, all earned, in four innings of work. He fanned seven and walked one.


The teams are back in action Saturday for Game 2 of the series.

First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m. at Hunter Wright.