Error-prone K-Mets fall to Pulaski in series opener

Kevin Mays • Jul 26, 2019 at 10:14 PM

KINGSPORT — The Kingsport Mets’ woes in the field and at the plate continued Friday.

The Pulaski Yankees took advantage of poor fielding by the K-Mets to score five unearned runs in a 6-1 Appalachian League win at Hunter Wright Stadium.

The loss was the seventh in the past nine games for Kingsport.


The K-Mets (16-20) — who committed four fielding errors total — didn’t waste any time making their first costly mistake.

Pulaski’s Ryder Green reached first base on a two-out throwing error in the first inning. Chad Bell followed with a home run smash for a 2-0 Yankees lead.

The K-Mets’ only run of the night came in the second following Scott Ota’s double for one of his squad’s four hits. Ota moved to third on a fielder’s choice and scored when a third strike to Cole Kleszcz got past Pulaski catcher Gustano Campeto for a wild pitch.

The Yankees (23-13) added two runs in the fifth inning thanks to two more K-Mets errors.

Pulaski scored twice in the eighth. A single by Borinqien Mendel, a bunt single from Roberto Chirinos and another fielding error by Kingsport allowed the Yankees to build their lead to five.


The K-Mets’ troubles were not limited to the field. They struck out 10 times — nine of them against Pulaski starter Reid Anderson.

With 340 in 35 games, Kingsport is worst in the Appalachian League in the strikeout category.

Anderson (5-1), a Brown graduate, gave up only one run on four hits over six innings of work. The right-hander didn’t walk a batter.


Kingsport starter Benito Garcia (1-2) threw a solid 5 1/3 innings but got limited support from his offense and defense.

Garcia gave up four runs, all unearned, on three hits with five strikeouts and no walks to take the hard-luck loss.


Bell’s two RBIs and Chirinos’ one accounted for Pulaski’s RBI total.

Kingsport’s Sebastian Espino was the only player in the game to record multiple hits, finishing 2-for-3.

Kingsport stranded 14 baserunners.


Game 2 of the series at Hunter Wright is scheduled to begin Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

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