BRISTOL, Va. — After struggling to find offense early in the Appalachian League season, the Kingsport Mets’ bats came alive Sunday to beat the Bristol White Sox 9-0 at DeVault Memorial Stadium.
The K-Mets committed nine errors and scored just four runs in their opening series at home against Johnson City, but manager Jose Leger was optimistic about his team.
On Sunday against Bristol (1-3), his squad delivered an error-free performance and pounded out 12 hits, half of them for extra bases.
The Mets (1-3) got on the board early when Champ Stuart tripled to lead off the game and was knocked in by Amed Rosario’s double.
Richie Rodriguez doubled in two more runs in the fifth, Bradley Marquez smacked a two-run shot over the center field wall in the four-run sixth, and Kingsport manufactured two more runs in the seventh to cap the scoring.
Stuart finished 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, Rodriguez was 2-for-4 and seven other players added one hit apiece.
Venezuelan right-hander Carlos Gomez (1-0) worked five innings for the win, giving up three hits and no walks with two strikeouts. Andres Perez contributed three innings of one-hit relief.
The second game of the series is Monday night at 7 o’clock.