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K-Mets strand nine in 8-2 loss to Pirates

July 13th, 2014 11:15 pm by Staff Report

K-Mets strand nine in 8-2 loss to Pirates

BRISTOL, Va. — The Kingsport Mets rapped out 11 hits in Sunday's game at Bristol, but they left nine baserunners stranded in an 8-2 loss to the Pirates.

Kingsport led 2-1 after 4 1/2 innings.

In the K-Mets' half of the third, Luis Guillorme doubled to lead off and advanced to third base on a Jean Rodriguez groundout. Oswald Caraballo plated Guillorme with a single that tied the game at 1.

Luis Ortega and Wuilmer Becerra opened the top of the fourth with back-to-back singles. Vincente Lupo reached first on a sacrifice bunt that moved the runners over, and a Jose Figueroa single brought home Ortega.

But despite having the bases loaded with no one out, the one run was all the K-Mets could muster in the inning, and Bristol's Edgardo Munoz hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the frame that put the home team ahead to stay.

Ortega finished 3-for-4, including a double. Caraballo and Becerra had two hits apiece.

The Pirates piled up 12 hits and got help from five Kingsport errors. Munoz was 2-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Nick Buckner went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.

Kingsport starter Andrew Massie (0-2) took the loss after giving up three runs, two of them earned, on five hits in four innings of work. He struck out three and walked two.

Bristol's Mervin Del Rosario, who came on in the fifth in relief of starter Junior Lopez, picked up the win. Lopez scattered seven hits and gave up both K-Mets runs before exiting. Del Rosario (1-1) allowed three hits and struck out two over 3 2-3 innings.

The K-Mets (10-14) have totaled 21 hits over the first two games of their Appalachian League series with Bristol (7-15) but have lost both. Kingsport will try to avoid the sweep in Monday night's series finale.

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