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Routed by Reds, K-Mets lose ground in playoff race

From staff reports • Aug 22, 2019 at 10:39 PM

GREENEVILLE — Nipping at the heels of an Appalachian League playoff berth, Kingsport lost a little of its footing on Thursday night.

Routed 10-0 by Greeneville, the Mets slipped to a game and a half behind Bristol for the West Division’s No. 2 playoff spot.

The Pirates (31-30) edged Pulaski 2-1 on Thursday. Kingsport (30-32) was good for only two hits against the Reds, who got eight sterling innings from starter Spencer Stockton.

Stockton (2-0) yielded one hit and put up nine strikeouts against two walks before Johnathon Tripp worked the ninth.

Cristian Oliva batted 2-for-4 with three RBIs for the Reds, with Mike Spooner going 2-for-4, drawing a walk and scoring three times. Ivan Johnson clubbed a three-run home run.

Touched for five runs in 1 2/3 innings, Mets starter Benito Garcia (1-4) had a rough go of things. Brendan Hardy followed with 1 2/3 innings of his own, also surrendering five runs.

Hector Rodriguez and Cesar Loaiza handled the mop-up duty rather effectively, combining for 10 strikeouts as they blanked Greeneville the rest of the way. Rodriguez totaled six K’s over 2 2/3 innings, then Loaiza struck out four batters in a six-out performance.

Brett Baty and Andres Regnault accounted for Kingsport’s hits.

The Mets, who remain two games behind division leader Johnson City, host a three-game series with Bluefield starting on Friday at 6:30 p.m. Six contests remain on Kingsport’s schedule.

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