Fireworks of the baseball variety… E-Twins launch three homers to topple Mets, 6-2

Published 6:00 am Monday, July 8, 2019



With both teams riding three-game losing streaks something had to give on Thursday at Northeast Community Credit Union ballpark when Kingsport came to visit on July 4.

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The fireworks began earlier than expected with the Twins bashing three home runs in this contest to take a 6-2 win.

The Mets (7-9) grabbed the early lead with an infield hit from leadoff man Jhoander Saez. He swiped second base and went to third on an errant throw from catcher Alex Isola.

He came in to score on a ground ball from Jaylen Palmer for a 1-0 Kingsport lead.

In the last of the second inning, Isola made up for his miscue with a moon shot, two-run homer to left field with Matt Wallner aboard to give the Twins a 2-1 lead. For Isola, it was his first professional home run.

“It’s all about having a good routine and not taking any days off,” Isola said. “You just have to be prepared for when it’s your time and we get a lot of work in with the coaches.

“I would be lying if I said I didn’t know I got it though.”

Righthander Ben Gross (2-0, 2.81) got the start for the Twins and he lasted six innings. Gross surrendered two runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over his six innings of work.

“It all starts with the pitching,” Twins manager Ray Smith said. “Gross wasn’t as sharp as his last time out, but he was pretty good still. He shut down a pretty good free swinging offensive club.

“(Willie Joe) Garry Jr. is working hard and improving. He’s still growing and he’s going to be a pretty big guy, but I don’t think I have seen him hit a ball like the one he hit tonight, even in batting practice.”

Kingsport tied the game at 2-2 in the fourth when a pitch hit catcher Wilfred Astudillo and Cole Kleszcz.

Astudillo scored on an RBI single from Tanner Murphy.

Albee Weiss crushed his fourth homer of the season in the sixth as the Twins took a 4-2 lead.

Shortstop Spencer Steer opened the frame with a walk and went to third on a single from third baseman Charlie Mack.

Steer scored on a double-play grounder from right fielder Seth Gray and Weiss took a 1-1 delivery from Mets reliever Brendan Hardy over the fence in left field.

In the seventh, Willie Joe Garry, Jr. smashed a two-run homer – his first – over the fence in right field against Hardy to make it a 6-2 Twins lead.

“I have been working on my timing, getting my timing down,” Garry, Jr. said. “I have been taking extra reps with the pitching machine.

“I’m trying to establish myself as a five-tool player. I know I’m not there yet, but it’s listening to the coaches and trying to get better.”

E-Twins 6-2

Kingsport  100 100 000 – 2 7 1

E-Twins    020 002 20x – 6 5 1

W – Gross L – Hardy