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K-Mets fall short against Bluefield

Staff reports • Aug 1, 2019 at 12:31 AM

BLUEFIELD, W. Va. — A four-run third inning by Bluefield proved to be too much for Kingsport to overcome.

The Blue Jays held off a late rally to earn a 7-5 win over the Mets in an Appalachian League contest Wednesday.

Kingsport (17-23) was unable to escape the cellar of the West Division, falling 5 games behind front-running Johnson City. Bluefield, in third place in the East Division, improved to 21-19.

FATEFUL THIRD

Kingsport had taken a 2-1 lead in the top of the third inning, thanks in a big way to an error that allowed two runs to score with nobody out. But the Mets were unable to cash in on any further runs in their at-bat.

Bluefield tied things up quickly on a double, single, and Justin Ammons’ RBI single. With one out, Angel Camacho hit a sacrifice fly and Miguel Hiraldo followed with an RBI double to make it 4-2. Scott Bradley capped the big inning with an RBI single.

COMEBACK ATTEMPT

Scott Ota hit a leadoff homer for the Mets in the eighth inning to close the Mets within four runs, 7-3, of the lead.

In the ninth inning, the Mets got some help as a throwing error plated a run. That was followed by Andres Regnault’s RBI groundout to make it 7-5.

METS’ STICKS

Ota was the only Kingsport hitter with two hits. Only two of the Mets’ runs were earned.

PITCHING STORY

Reliever Juan Acosta pitched a dominant three innings, allowing just two baserunners with no runs and four strikeouts for Bluefield. He earned the win to improve to 3-2 on the season.

The Mets got three scoreless one-inning performances from Nick MacDonald, Nixon Silva and Josh Hejka to close the game. Starter Christofer Dominquez (2-2) took the loss, allowing five runs in 2 2/3 innings.

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