Elizabethton 9 at Bluefield 5
W: B. Tippett (2-0, 2.70); L: K. Moreland (0-2, 15.88)
HR: ELI: A. Morales (2), D. Rams (2). BLU: E. Polanco (2).
The Elizabethton Twins live in their own little world of home run happiness, slugging their way to a 9-5 win over the Bluefield Orioles.
Nick Romero double with one out on the board to start off the game. Jon Waltenbury then doubled to score Romero. Rene Leverett and Michael Harrington hit back-to-back singles to plate Waltenbury before Danny Rams blasted a ball over the left field fence to add 3 more runs for 5-run first inning.
Rick Oleo doubled out to center and Ronnie Welty took a walk. Jason Rook singled to load the bags before Joshua Tarrow's fly ball to right scored Oleo. Welty would score on a Robert Stevens ground out to give the O's two.
Rams doubled and Angel Morales homers to give the E-Twins 2 more. Nick Papasan and James Beresford hit back-to-back singles. After a pair of strike outs to Andrew Schmiesing and Romero - and a pitching change that brought Colin Allen to the mound - Waltenbury would reach on a wild pitch to load the bags. Rene Leveret's grounder to center brought in 2 more to make it 9-3 Twins.
Bluefield would chip away at the Twins lead with Rodolfo Cardonia doubling, then moving to 3rd on a wild pitch by baseball assassin Brad Tippett. ELvin Polanco reached on a fielder's choice that kept Cardona pinned at 3rd. Oleo would strike out swinging before Welty doubled in Cardona to make it 9-3, Twins.
Rook would single in the bottom of the 8th. He's be plated by Tarrow's double. Polanco would go yard in the 9th off Mark Hamburger, sending a ball over the right field line, to finish off the scoring.
Waltenbury was 2-for-4 with a walk, a run and a run scored, while Beresford went 2-for-4 with a run. Leveret finished out 3-for-5 with a run and 2 RBIs. Rams, Morales and Papasan were all 2-for-5, Rams with 2 runs, the other two with 1 run each. Rams would drive in 3, Morales 2.
Evidently, Orioles' pitching did not Andrew Schmiesing who went 0-for-5 with 4 strike outs at the top of the order.
The two teams rematch tonight for a 7:00 PM start.
DSL Twins 2 at DSL Cubs1
W: S. Rodriguez (1-0, 7.84); L: C. Ciurcina (1-2, 6.38)
Road kill rules continue for the DSL Twins who were clobbered by the DSL Cubs1, 10-2.
Both Twins runs came in the second inning with Jairo Perez leading off with a double. Manuel Soliman then walked and Wilfy Gil singled to load the bags. A double by Felix Caro scored two. Gil would be taken out at third on the throw. Yorby Martinez then struck out and Danny Santana flew out to end the inning.
Perez would finish up 2-for-3 with a walk to go along with the run.
Eliel Sierra and Yorby Martinez were both 2-for-4 but did not factor into the scoring. Sierra would make it to 3rd in the third inning, but Manuel Soliman struck out to leave him stranded.
Cesar Ciurcina earned his second loss of the yar, allowing 7 runs on 9 hits and a pair of walks while striking out 1 over 4.0 inning. Raynard Doran and Renzo Reverol worked a pair of innings each, with Doran giving up one run on 2 hits and a walk and Reverol surrendering 2 runs, 1 earned, on 2 hits while fanning 2.
The DSL Twins host the DSL Reds Tuesday for a 10:35 AM Dominican Time game.
The GCL Twins were off Monday. They travel to Bradenton to visit the GCL Pirates on Tuesday for a Noon game.
Pictures of Aaron Hicks' game Sunday against the Red Sox are now available. I can't say it's his first game as that was Saturday and was suspended half way through by rain, so let's call it his first complete game.
From LEN3's Blog:
Now that Miami is out of the College World Series, the Twins will sit down this week with first-round pick Carlos Gutierrez (RHP) and 26th rounder Adan Severino (OF).
The Twins also haven’t signed their supplemental round pick, righthander Shooter Hunt, but I haven’t heard about any snags.
I have heard that it may not look good for the Twins in trying to sign sixth-round pick B.J. Hermsen (RHP) and 29th rounder Joe Loftus, from Holy Angels. It looks like they will attend Oregon State and Vanderbilt, respectively. This happens. Teams take a shot at persuading kids to not go to school and it often doesn’t work out.