The Yankees had already had their way.
Victimized for four runs during each of the first two innings, the Mets absorbed an 8-2 series-opening loss in Appalachian League activity at Calfee Park.
Pulaski’s top offensive highlight came in the form of Jake Pries’ three-run, second-inning homer. Pries finished with four RBIs while Borinquen Mendez produced a 3-for-4, 2-RBI effort for the team with the league’s best record (37-17).
Mendez belted a two-run double in the first.
The Mets (26-29), who were kept off the scoreboard until the ninth inning, got a 2-for-4 showing — which included a double — from Tanner Murphy.
Reid Anderson (6-1) turned in an impressive five-inning start for the Yankees, striking out nine batters. Kenlly Montas worked the sixth, Evan Voliva then registered strikeouts over two innings, and neither pitcher allowed a hit.
Kingsport starter Cesar Loaiza (1-3) was chased after a third of an inning and four runs allowed. He surrendered just one hit but doled out three walks.
Nixon Silva and Ramon Guzman were very good in relief for the Mets. They combined for five shutout innings and seven strikeouts.
The teams resume their three-game series on Friday. Action in Pulaski begins at 6:30 p.m.