Monday Short Season: Brooklyn falls short; Kingsport with an offensive explosion; Robbie Shields heating up

SS-A: @ Lowell Spinners 3, Brooklyn Cyclones 2

The Cyclones offense racked up eleven hits, but managed to push across only two run in the 3-2 loss to Lowell.  Brooklyn left eight runners on base, including four in scoring position.  Also, two Cyclone base-runners were thrown out at the plate.  After a double by Rylan Sandoval (2-5, 2B) and a single by Darrell Ceciliani (2-4), Jeff Flagg (0-4, 3K) came to the plate with 2-outs.  Sandoval was then thrown out trying to steal home, ending the scoring threat.  In the fourth inning, Joe Bonfe (2-4) reached on a one-out single, two batters later J.B. Brown (2-4, 2B) doubled to left-field, but Bonfe was cut down at the plate trying to score.

A.J. Piniera, who made his first start of the season, pitched four scoreless innings, giving up only one hit, while walking one and striking out none.  Jonathan Kountis took the loss, giving up all three Lowell runs in his two innings of work.

SS-R: Kingsport Mets 13, @ Johnson City Cardinals 6

Trailing 6-2 going into the top of the sixth inning, the Kingsport offense exploded for 11 runs over the final four frames, to defeat Johnson City13-6.  The ejection of Kingsport  manager Mike DiFelice in the sixth may have been the spark the team needed.  The K-Mets offense erupted for four consecutive hits, after the ejection, including a Javier Rodriguez 3-run homerun.  The K-Mets pounded out 13 runs on 18 hits, including 8 doubles and a homerun.  Every starter but one got a hit.

ZeErika McQueen (2-4, 2 2B, 2BB), Justin Schafer (2-4, 2 2B, RBI), Aderlin Rodriguez (2-5, RBI), Rodriguez (1-5, HR, 3RBI), Alberto Cordero (4-5, 4 runs, 2 2B, 2 RBI), Nelfi Zapata (4-5, 2B, HR, 5RBI), and John Semel (2-5, 2B, RBI) were the offense standouts.

Starter Brett Mitchell struggled for the first time this season.  Mitchell pitched four innings, giving up six hits, four runs, while walking one and striking out six.

SS-R: GCL Nationals 8, @ GCL Mets 4

Robbie Shields (3-4, 2B, 3RBI) collected three hits and three rbi, and played nine error-less innings at SS.  Shields is now 13-36 (.361/.400/.444) with 3 doubles, 6 rbi, 3bb, and 3k over his last 10 games.  He raised his season totals to .293/.344/.414.

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