After a dramatic win over Pulaski on Monday night to end a three-game skid, the K-Mets followed by dropping a 5-2 decision to the Yankees at Hunter Wright Stadium.
The loss was the fourth in five games for the K-Mets (8-5), who start a key three-game series Wednesday night at Appalachian League West Division rival Elizabethton. The Twins trail Kingsport by two games in the division heading into the series.
“We see where Elizabethton’s at,” said K-Mets manager Sean Ratliff. “They’re nipping right at our heels. It’s a big division series coming up and we go to Bluefield after that.”
Bluefield leads the East Division with a league-best record of 12-2.
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“I told these guys after the game in the meeting that we’ve got no need to feel sorry for ourselves,” Ratliff added. “We’re still 8-5. We’re still playing pretty good baseball overall. We just dropped a couple of series. We just need to come in tomorrow and be ready to go and be ready to compete for two big series, six big games coming up.”
The K-Mets and Twins meet in the opener at Joe O’Brien Field starting at 7 p.m.
The Yankees (6-8) scored all five runs over the final three innings to overcome a 2-0 deficit.
The K-Mets went up 2-0 in the bottom of the fourth when Zach Rheams scored on a sacrifice fly from Kenny Hernandez and Raul Beracierta smacked a solo home run.
Kingsport pitcher Liam McCall entered the game in the top of the seventh and found trouble quickly. Carlos Narvaez scored Pulaski’s first run on a sacrifice from Mickey Gasper, Nelson Gomez came home on a single from Jordan Scott, and Scott scored when Evan Alexander singled to left field and the ball got past Rheams in left field.
Alexander finished 3-for-3.
Pulaski tacked on a couple more runs in the top of the ninth when Gasper scored on a single from Terrance Robertson and Alexander scored on a sacrifice fly from Max Burt.