Elizabethton 14 at Bluefield 8
W: D. Rondon (1-0, 3.00); L: B. Sisk (0-1, 1.93)
HR: ELI: A. Soto 2 (3), M. Harrington (2).
The mountain air obviously agrees with the Elizabethton Twins. Once again they knocked out a copious amount of runs against the Bluefield Orioles.
Bluefield actually got on the scoreboard first, with Brian Conley and Rodolfo Cardona singling off E-Twins starter Dan Osterbrook. Conley would score on Lance West's ground out, but a strike out to Elvin Polanco and a ground out to Ronnie Welty left Cardona stranded.
Evan Bigley singled out to left to get on base for the E-Twins in the top of the second. One out later Alex Soto pumped one out of the park for a pair of runs.
Levi Carolus doubled in the bottom of the stanza and, two outs later, came in on Luis Bernardo's single to tie the game.
Michael Harrington put his second home run of the season over the right field wall in the top of the 4th to restore the E-Twins lead.
Travis Keating took over the mound from Eddie Gamboa, who had done a fairly good job of keeping the E-Twins contained allowing only 5 hits while striking out 3.
Keating would get Soto out on strikes but Dominic De La Osa reached on a throwing error by Keating. Jeanfred Brito drew a walk, and Andrew Schmiesing's single drove in De La Osa. Jonathan Waltenbury reached on a force attempt that went awry when Rodolfo Cardona missed the catch. Brito would score on the play. Rene Leveret singled to drive in Schmiesing. Another error, this one by Orioles shortstop Robert Stevens allowed Harrington to reach to load the bags. Bigley would ground into a force out that scored Waltenbury, giving the Twins a 7-2 lead.
It was short lived. Lee Martin would allow a single to Jason Rook to lead off in the bottom of the seventh. A fielding error by De La Osa allowed Stevens on base before Bernardo was called out on strikes. Brian Conley then walked to load the bags. Cardona doubled to drive in 2. Martin would get West out swinging, but Polanco doubled to drive in two more. Ronnie Welty singled to score Polanco, tying up the game, and Levi Carolus would plate Welty to put the Orioles on top again.
Andrew Schmiesing singled off Bluefield's Brian Sisk. Waltenbury's follow up single moved him to 2nd, and Leveret's ground out advanced the pair. Harrington would ground out, but Schmiesing would score to tie up the contest, sending it into extra innings.
In the top of the llth with one out, Leveret would reach on a fielding error by Conley. A wild pitch by Sisk moved him to second. The speedy Angel Morales would go in as a pinch runner for the lumbering Leveret. Harrington would get plunked by a pitch, and Bigley would reach on a failed force attempt. Cardona's throwing error allowed Morales and Harrington to score. Juan Richardson double in Bigley, and Soto blasted his 2nd home run of the night over the left center field wall.
The six runs in the 11th would prove impossible for the Orioles to overcome as Danny Rondon used three ground outs to closed down the game.
Schmiesing finish up 3-for-6 with a pair of runs, a walk and a RBI. Soto was 2-for-6 with 2 runs, and 4 RBIs. Leveret was also 2-for-6, but with 1 RBI. Waltenbury was 2-for-7 with a run and a run scored.
The E-Twins play one more at Bluefield, before returning home to face Johnson City. The 6-2 Cardinals trail the E-Twins by one game in the Appy West standings.
DSL Reds 0 at DSL Twins 3
W: R. Acosta (4-0, 0.00); L: L. Machuca (1-2, 5.24); SV: E. Alvarez (5)
The DSL Twins blanked the DSL Red, 3-0 Tuesday at home. Ramon Acosta pick up his fourth win of the season, allowing only 1 hit while fanning 5 over 7 innings. Edison Alvarez nabbed is 5th save of 2008, striking out 2 in the ninth to preserve the win.
Jairo Rodriguez reached on a fielding error in the bottom of the 3rd, then stole 2nd base. Xavier Gonzalez singled to move Rodriguez to 3rd. He'd score when Yancarlo Franco ground into a force out that took Gonzalez out at 2nd. Carlos Vasquez would ground out and Jhonatan Arias fly out to leave Franco stranded however.
With two outs on the board in the bottom of the six, Jairo Perez would be hit by a pitch. Eliel Sierra would single his way onto base before Felix Cara tripled to drive in two.
Caro finished up 2-for-4 with 2 RBIs, while Gonzalez went 2-for-3. Perez and Sierra had the other two hits for the Twins.
The DSL Twins will pay a visit to the DSL Rockies on Wednesday for a 10:30 AM Dominican Time game in which they will likely get trounced.