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Five-run deficit too much for K-Mets to overcome

Kevin Mays • Aug 14, 2018 at 12:34 AM

KINGSPORT — A late-game rally fell short for Kingsport on Monday.

The K-Mets trailed 7-2 before scoring four in the bottom of the sixth inning on two two-run home runs.

Kingsport added another run in the bottom of the ninth. But the rally fell short with Bluefield holding on for an 9-7 Appalachian League win at Hunter Wright Stadium.

With the win, Bluefield (32-21) stayed two games behind East Division-leading Princeton.

The loss dropped the K-Mets (27-25), second in the West Division, 3.5 games behind first place Elizabethton.

LONG BALL

Six of Kingsport’s seven runs came on home runs.

Luis Santana smacked a shot over the left field fence in the bottom of the first to answer two Bluefield first-inning runs.

With the Blue Jays adding runs in the second, fourth and sixth innings to build a 7-2 advantage, Kingsport’s bats came alive in the bottom of the sixth.

Shervyen Newton delivered a two-run shot for the K-Mets in the frame, and Kenny Hernandez followed with his first homer of the season, another two-run blast.

BLUEFIELD ANSWERS

After two scoreless innings, Bluefield added two insurance runs in the top of the ninth.

D.J. Neal walked and then later scored on a single from Rafael Lantigua.

The Blue Jays added another run in the ninth when Alejandro Kirk scored from third on a bases-loaded balk from K-Mets pitcher Luis Silva.

ONE MORE CHANCE

Kingsport attempted another rally in the bottom of the ninth when Guillermo Granadillo scored from second on a two-out single from Jarred Kelenic to cut the Blue Jays lead to two runs. But Bluefield reliever Brad Wilson got Kingsport’s Santana to ground out to second base.

BY THE NUMBERS

Wilson pitched two-thirds of an inning, giving up one hit with no runs, one walk and no strikeouts to earn his fourth save of the year for the Blue Jays.

Bluefield starter Claudio Galva (4-2) picked up the win. Galva pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits with five strikeouts and two walks.

K-Mets starter Garrison Bryant (1-2) took the loss. Bryant worked four innings, surrendering five runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk.

At the plate, Bluefield’s Hagen Danner was 3-for-4 with a walk and an RBI, while Alejandro Kirk finished 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Kingsport’s Kelenic finished 2-for-5 with an RBI.

UP NEXT

The teams square off again Tuesday in the third and final game of the series at Hunter Wright Stadium.

The first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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