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Greeneville Drops Playoff Opener

Now the Greeneville Astros have their backs against the wall, needing to win two on the road to advance

The Greeneville Astros started their playoff series on Thursday night, but after a tough 2-1 loss, the Astros are already facing elimination. Such is the nature of the beast in a 3-game series. 

Connor Goedert drove in Greeneville's lone run--himself--on a fourth inning solo homer, giving the Astros' 15th round selection in this year's draft four bombs in his last eleven games, and one RBI in each of his last three. Daz Cameron lead off the fourth with a single, but was thrown out attempting to steal second base. If the attempt has been successful, the Astros would have had a one-run lead heading to the ninth, and the outcome may have been different. 

Greeneville starter Erasmo Pinales went 3 innings of one-hit ball, striking out three and walking one before being relieved by Hector Perez, who would allow one unearned run over four two-hit innings. In the top of the 8th, Hector Perez struck out the first two batters of the inning before allowing a single and a walk, which lead to Astros skipper Lamarr Rogers bringing in Samil De Los Santos, who would walk his first batter, but would recover to record the third out of the inning without letting a run cross the plate. 

De Los Santos remained in the game in the top of the ninth, and after retiring the first two batters on a strikeout and a lineout, Kingsport catcher Daryl Knight hit a solo homer that would propel the Mets to victory. 

With the Astros down 1-0 in the series, the teams will travel to Kingsport where Greeneville has yet to win this season in four chances. Diogenes Almengo (3-1, 2.31) will get the start for Greeneville and he will be opposed by Nabil Crismatt (6-1, 2.90). Over his last four starts, Crismatt's ERA has been on the rise, allowing 11 earned over 25 2/3 innings (3.93). He's made two starts against the Astros this season, totaling 11 1/3 innings, 8 hits, 4 runs, 2 walks and 14 strikeouts. In 8 of his last 10 appearances, the 20-year-old righty has allowed two or more runs. 

Almengo has made three stops throughout the Astros system since May, first in the Dominican Summer League, where he held a 0.51 ERA over 17 1/3 innings, then a 2.78 ERA with the Gulf Coast League Astros, before joining Greeneville. Overall, Almengo holds a 1.98 mark over 63 2/3, striking out 48 while walking 22. After starting off strong in his first four appearances with the club, allowing just one run over 15 1/3 innings, Almengo struggled on August 23, allowing four runs over three innings. In his last start he went five and gave up just one. The right-hander has yet to face Kingsport this season.

The Astros will look to even the series tonight 7:00 PM ET.

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