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Pirates slip past K-Mets for third straight win

By Tanner Cook • Jul 21, 2019 at 1:11 AM

BRISTOL, Va. — A superb seven-inning outing by Kingsport Mets starting pitcher Michel Otañez went for naught on Saturday evening at Boyce Cox Field.

The Bristol Pirates pulled out a 3-1 victory over the K-Mets.

After losing five in a row on the road, the Pirates (15-16) won their third straight to stand alone in third place in the Appalachian League West Division standings.

The K-Mets (14-17) got a solo home run from Wildred Astudillo in the second inning, but the team was guilty of four errors. Kingsport has committed 44 errors in just 32 games and has an ugly 4-14 record away from Hunter Wright Stadium.

The K-Mets have lost four straight and five of their past six.

OTAÑEZ’S WASTED START

Otañez had the longest outing of his career, going a full seven frames on just 89 pitches. He struck out five batters and retired 10 in a row at one point, but Kingsport’s offense let him down.

The K-Mets struck out eight times, adding to their Appy League-worst total of 315.

Only one of the three runs Otañez (2-2) allowed was earned and he walked just one, but he was ultimately pegged with the loss.

Luis Ortiz (1-1) had the longest start for a Pirates pitcher this season, going six frames on 63 pitches and striking out five. He retired 11 in a row at one point and allowed just three hits.

Yoelvis Reyes pitched the final three innings, striking out three, to earn his second save of the season.

Thanks to plenty of three-up, three-down innings — all the offense came in the first three innings — the game lasted only 2 hours, 1 minute.

SHACKLEFORD, MEDINA DO SOME DAMAGE

Bristol third baseman Aaron Shackleford did his damage early, scoring in the second inning after reaching second on a wild throw from the pitcher and rapping a two-out RBI single in the third. Shackleford finished 2-for-4.

Joseivin Medina went 3-for-3 — all singles — with one RBI.

All seven of Bristol’s hits were singles and all three runs were scored with two outs.

UP NEXT

The teams’ crucial Appy League series resumes Sunday afternoon at Boyce Cox Field. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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