Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Greeneville @ Kingsport: Game 3

Kingsport cruised for much of the third and deciding game in the divisional series at Kingsport (where the Mets were 20-15). A two-out triple in the bottom of the first led to a Kingsport run when Greeneville's Frederick Tiburcio threw a wild pitch. And in the bottom of the 6th, a lead-off walk to Kingsport's Yeixon Ruiz saw him reach third on a Tiburcio throwing error. He was later picked off third, but a throwing error in the rundown saw him score, anyway, and it was 2-0 Kingsport.

Chase McDonald doubled to lead off the top of the 7th and an Angel Ibanez pinch-hit single scored McDonald to make it 2-1. That was followed by an Ariel Ovando walk and a Thomas Lindauer HBP to load the bases with one out. A Brett Phillips RBI walk tied the game at 2-2, but that was all the Gastros could muster. Kingsport had the bases loaded in the bottom half of the inning, but a Sebastian Kessay strikeout was followed by a double play to get out of the inning.

Greeneville went down in order in the 8th, and a Kingsport sac fly scored the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 8th to make it 3-2.

In the top of the 9th, Angel Ibanez grounded out to the first baseman for the first out, Ariel Ovando doubled, and Thomas Lindauer struck out for the second out of the inning to bring up Brett Phillips.

But Phillips knocked a double just fair down the left field line to score pinch-runner Marc Wik and tie the game. Tanner Mathis was intentionally walked to face Juan Santana - who singled in Phillips to make it 4-3 Gastros. Edwin Gomez knocked in Mathis (5-3 Gastros). Chase McDonald hit a line drive to right (7-3 Gastros). And that was your game.

With one strike remaining in their season, the Gastros rallied for five runs in a 7-3 win at Kingsport to move on to the Appalachian League Championships. They'll face Pulaski tonight at 7pm Eastern in Game 1 of the Best-of-Three Championship.