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K-Mets fall despite outhitting Blue Jays

From staff reports • Jul 30, 2019 at 11:29 PM

BLUEFIELD, Va. — The hits came but the runs stayed away for the Kingsport Mets on Tuesday night at Bowen Field.

Banging out nine hits, the K-Mets got very little in return and dropped a 5-1 Appalachian League battle with Bluefield.

The Blue Jays (20-19) totaled just five hits but made good use of them. A bases-

loaded walk to Steward Berroa, which opened the game’s scoring, and Leonardo Jimenez’s sacrifice fly aided their cause.

Eric Rivera followed Berroa’s base on balls with a two-run single, handing the Jays a 3-0 second-inning advantage.

Jimenez increased the margin the next inning and Spencer Horwitz added an RBI single during the seventh.

The K-Mets (17-22) avoided a shutout when Sebastian Espino and Jhoander Saez came through with back-to-back doubles with two outs in the ninth inning.

Cristopher Pujols, Espino and Saez each went 2-for-4 to lead Kingsport’s offense. Rivera was the lone Bluefield player with multiple hits, also going 2-for-4.

Jays starter Jol Concepcion scattered six hits and struck out four over four innings, then made way for Luis Alvarez (2-1) and Yunior Hinojosa to each collect a half-dozen outs.

Kingsport’s Cesar Loaiza (1-2) lasted only the first 1 2/3 innings, yielding three runs and walking four batters.

Ramon Guzman handled the bulk of the K-Mets’ pitching load, working 4 2/3 innings. Guzman, the third of five Kingsport pitchers, gave up two runs.

The K-Mets and Blue Jays return to Bowen Field on Wednesday for Game 2 of their three-game set. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.

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