Another tough loss for Elizabethton4:19 am | July 26, 2013
KINGSPORT — Persio Reyes played the role of broom. His arm swept Elizabethton away from Hunter Wright Stadium.
Pitching the Appy League’s third complete game of the season, Reyes retired 18 of the first 19 batters he faced and kept the Twins at bay late in a 3-1 Mets victory — pushing Elizabethton back to third place in the West Division standings with their third loss in as many days at Kingsport.
Kingsport led 2-0 in the seventh when Dereck Rodriguez sent a moon shot over the left-field wall. The Twins, who opened the game with a Zach Granite single and didn’t have another baserunner to that point, managed just two additional hits against the Met.
“I felt really strong going into the seventh,” Reyes said via translation. “After I was done with the seventh, I knew I had a shot at the complete game. I’m glad I have something to show for it.”
Reyes struck out seven Elizabethton batters and went the distance without a walk and error in the Mets’ defensive field.
The Twins, on the other hand, had a solid start of their own from Yorman Landa but fell prey to costly mistakes in the field.
“We didn’t square too many