BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Kingsport’s run to the playoffs ran into a snag Saturday — losing to the Bluefield Blue Jays 6-1 at Bowen Field — but the Mets are still on top of the Appalachian League West Division with six games left.
The K-Mets won the series against the Blue Jays (40-21), who hold the best record in the league and have already clinched a playoff spot in the East Division. The two teams will meet again at Hunter Wright Stadium on Wednesday for the final series of the regular season.
On Saturday, Kingsport’s pitching — which hadn't allowed a run in the previous three games — ran into trouble early. Bluefield scored three runs in the second inning and put three more on the board in the fifth.
The Mets (35-26) scored their lone run in the fourth when Pedro Perez led off with a double and came home on a throwing error two batters later.
Jonathan Leroux and Champ Stuart singled for the only other Kingsport hits.
Mitch Nay went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Nico Taylor knocked in two runs for Bluefield.
Persio Reyes (4-5) took the loss after giving up all six runs on five hits and three walks with eight strikeouts. He also had a wild pitch, a balk and hit a batter.
Francisco Gracesqui (4-0) tossed three innings of middle relief to earn the win for Bluefield.
The K-Mets travel to Pulaski on Sunday to face the team with the second best record in the league. First pitch is at 7 p.m. Kingsport took two out of three from the Mariners earlier this month.