Short-Season Sunday: A Brandon Nimmo Hot Streak. Rain in Kingsport. Dr. Enuf.

SSA: Brooklyn Cyclones 3, @ State College Spikes (PIT) 2

CF Brandon Nimmo was 2-for-4 with a double (his fifth), his third-straight multi-hit game. With a .333/.429/.472 line in his last 10 games, he’s up to .242/.391/.385 in his first 26 games in a Brooklyn uniform. He’s first in the league in walks and 18th in on-base percentage.

RHP Luis Cessa was solid again: 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 K


 R: Kingsport Mets @ Johnson City Cardinals – ppd by rain

It was a hot, clear afternoon in Johnson City. Driving to the ballpark around three, I noticed some tall, puffy clouds massing to the south. Hmm, I thought.

The K-Mets took batting practice and I did some interviews (manager Jose Leger, Gavin Cecchini, Brendan Kaupe and Tomas Nido). I took a little video of the hitters (see, folks, coming attractions). Then the skies darkened. And it rained, softly at first, around 5:30 or so. A quick check of the radar revealed a small cell with the ballpark on the edge of the bad stuff.

The grandstand’s metal roof amplified the rain. The rain paused. And then the cell started growing and it poured. The Cardinals left their dugout to head back to the clubhouse. Oh well.

It was the K-Mets fourth rainout in five days. The team has played one game since last Monday including last Tuesday’s scheduled off-day.

Surely the Appalachian League could solve this with some nice retractable domed roofs.

On the plus side, during the rain delay, I tried a Dr. Enuf soda which is bottled locally in Johnson City. It’s somewhere between a Sprite and a Mountain Dew in flavor, but closer to a Sprite with a splash of Dew: citrusy, sweet and tangy.