BRISTOL, Va. — The Kingsport Mets staged a furious rally, but an early five-run deficit proved to be too much to overcome.
The Bristol Pirates put up five runs in the first inning and another in the second to build a 6-1 lead before holding on for a 9-8 victory on Saturday night in Appalachian League action at Boyce Cox Field.
Bristol shelled Kingsport starter Andrew Church (0-3), who lasted just over an inning. Church gave up six earned runs on eight hits and exited before recording an out in the bottom of the second inning.
Eudor Garcia came through with a two-run single in the top of the third and Zach Mathieu added an RBI single to get the K-Mets back into the game. Kingsport added two runs in the sixth and two more in the eighth to make things interesting, but Bristol's Michael Clemens came on to record a four-out save, his first of the year.
The K-Mets scored eight runs on 10 hits, but they also missed several opportunities to beat the cellar-dwelling Pirates. Kingsport stranded 12 men on base and went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Angel Sanchez (1-0) threw two innings of relief to earn the win for Bristol (6-15). Nick Buckner went 3-for-5 with five RBIs for the Pirates.
Garcia was 2-for-3 with four RBIs for Kingsport (10-13), adding another two-run single in the sixth inning before Bristol tacked on what turned out to be a crucial insurance run in the bottom of the frame.
The teams will continue their three-game series Sunday night at 6 o'clock.comments powered by Disqus