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.
TROUBLE STARTS EARLY
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.
A SWING AND A MISS
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.
SOLID ON THE MOUND
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.
AT THE PLATE
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.
BACK TO ACTION
Game 2 of the series at Hunter Wright is scheduled to begin Saturday at 6:30 p.m.