Blue Jays hold off K-Mets

Associated Press • Jul 8, 2018 at 1:46 AM

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — D.J. Neal jump-started Bluefield’s five-run first inning with a two-run single, and the Blue Jays held off the Kingsport Mets 6-5 in an Appalachian League clash on Saturday night.

Sean Rackoski allowed Shervyen Newton’s RBI single in the top of the ninth that brought home Raul Beracierta, but he got Luis Santana to hit into a forceout to end the game and earn his fourth save of the season.

Kingsport pushed across a run in the third and the K-Mets cut into the deficit further in the fifth with Ranfy Adon’s two-run home run.

The league-best Blue Jays (15-3) tacked on another run in the sixth when Cal Stevenson scored on a forceout.

Beracierta doubled and singled and scored two runs for the K-Mets (9-7), who outhit the Blue Jays 8-7.

Kingsport starter Noah Nunez (1-2) was chased after one inning. He gave up five runs, two of them earned, on six hits. Cre Finfrock (2-0) was the winner.

Game 2 of the series is set for 6:05 p.m. Sunday at Bowen Field.

In other Appy League games Saturday:


JOHNSON CITY — Carlos Soto had three hits and two RBIs to lead the Cardinals past the Yankees.

Trailing 2-0, the Cardinals took the lead for good with four runs in the second inning. The Cardinals sent 10 men to the plate.

Johnson City later added two runs in the third and one in the fifth. In the third, Jonatan Machado hit a two-run single before he singled to score Zach Jackson in the fifth.

Jacob Sylvester (1-0) got the win in relief. Pulaski starter Luis Medina (0-1) took the loss.


ELIZABETHON — DaShawn Keirsey scored the winning run on a fielder’s choice in the 10th for the Twins.

Keirsey scored the game-winning run after getting aboard with an double. He advanced to third on a fielder’s choice.

The Braves took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 10th when AJ Graffanino’s RBI single drove in Andrew Moritz.

Zach Neff (2-0) got the win in relief and Zach Guth (1-1) took the loss.

Moritz finished with four hits.

CJ Alexander and Greg Cullen recorded three apiece for Danville, which recorded a season-high 16 hits.


BRISTOL, Va. — Victor Ngoepe, Brendt Citta, Mikell Granberry and Gabriel Brito recorded three hits each for the Pirates, who had six extra-base hits with a season-high five doubles.

Citta doubled twice and singled, scoring three runs while driving in two.

Up 3-2, the Pirates added to their lead in the second inning when Citta hit a two-run double and then scored on a single by Granberry.

Shane Baz (2-0) picked up the win despite allowing four runs over five innings. Cristopher Sanchez (1-2) took the loss after allowing seven runs and nine hits over two innings.

The Rays recorded a season-high seven extra base hits. Jordan Qsar tripled and doubled, driving home two runs.


BURLINGTON, N.C. — Jackson Lueck hit a solo home run in the eighth inning off reliever Aaron Quillen (0-1) to lift the Royals.

Greeneville had runners on first and second in the top of the ninth, but Brandt Stallings struck out to end the game.

In the top of the fifth, Greeneville broke a scoreless tie on a single by Brian Rey that scored Claudio Finol. Burlington answered in the bottom of the inning when Montae Bradshaw hit an RBI double, bringing home Hunter Strong.

Yerelmy Garcia (1-1) got the win with four innings of scoreless, three-hit relief.

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