Twins lose to No. 1 Mets in home game

Published 10:47 pm Thursday, August 27, 2015

From Staff Reports

Even though the Twins were able to tie things up in the eighth, they dropped in the ninth as the Kingports Mets rallied to a 6-3 win Thursday night at Joe O’Brien Field.

With the win, the Mets have extended their lead in the Appalachian League West to four games, strengthening their grip on first place. With Elizabethton and Greeneville both losing tonight, the two teams are still tied for second at 31-31.

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The Twins came into the bottom of the eighth inning losing 3-1 and were able to tie things up with two runs, with Zander Wiel doubling to to left field, bring home both Jermaine Palacios and Alex Perez.

With things tied at three, the Mets were able to find the momentum in the eighth inning to post three runs. The first run came from Ivan Wilson, who scrambled home after Kevin Kaczmarski knocked the ball into play. The Mets’ Luis Carpio singled on a grounder to left field, bringing home Arnaldo Berrios and Dale Burdick to put the Mets over the Twins.

The Mets were the first to get on board, posting a run in the top of the second. They did it again in the top of the fourth, with the Mets’ Luis Ortega slamming a two-run homer to right field.

The Twins finally had an answer in the bottom of the fourth frame as LaMonte Wade came as A.J. Murray grounded out.

The Twins finished the night with six hits. Both Palacios and Wiel went 2 of 4, with Wiel recording two RBIs.

Twins pitcher Tyler Stirewalt (0-3) received the loss after giving up the Mets’ three runs in the top of the ninth inning. Stirewalt came in at the first of the eighth inning and threw for two innings, during which he struck out one batter and walked one. He finished the night with two hits and three runs against him. Eduardo Del Rosario opened things up for the Twins and pitched for four innings. Rosario had three strikeouts, with six hits and three runs against. Logan Lombana, who relieved Rosario in the fifth, worked for three inning, during which he had five strikeouts against one walk. He finished his night with two hits against.

The Twins will stay at home today as they play game two with the Mets.