Minus a ninth-inning splash that rescued them from a shutout, the Mets were stymied offensively and lost to Danville 8-2 in Thursday’s Appalachian League baseball game.
The Braves, who totaled 11 hits and exploited three Kingsport errors for six unearned runs, opened the scoring with Justin Smith’s second-inning solo homer.
Nicholas Vizcaino homered with a man aboard in a five-run fifth inning, making it a 7-0 game.
Raul Beracierta’s bases-loaded walk got Kingsport on the board with nobody out in the ninth. Luis Santana then came home on a Domingo Martinez grounder, but his run came at the expense of a double play.
Kenny Hernandez then popped out to third baseman C.J. Alexander Jr. in foul territory to end the game.
Greg Cullen went 2-for-3 and Brett Langhorne 2-for-5 (double) for Danville. Langhorne, Ricardo Rodriguez and Vizcaino each contributed a pair of RBIs in support of Nolan Kingham (2-0), who followed up three scoreless innings by starting pitcher Matt Hartman with three shutout innings of his own.
Losing pitcher Daison Acosta surrendered seven runs in 4 2/3 innings, but just one of those runs was earned. Allowing seven hits, he registered five strikeouts against three walks.
Yoel Romero was 2-for-3 with a double for the Mets. Santana and Mark Vientos both batted 2-for-4 as Kingsport tallied eight hits.