Wednesday, July 16, 2008

E-Twins bats fall short

Alex Soto

Greenville 8 at Elizabethton 7

W: N. Pettus (1-1, 4.22); L: D. Rondon (1-1, 4.50)
HR: GRE: F. Almonte (3), K. Hinze (3), J. Altuve (1), E. Rosario (1). ELI: A. Soto (7), M. Harrington (6).

After a huge offensive onslaught out of the game, the Elizabethton Twins bats have cooled down of late. Tuesday night, they'd fall one short as the Greeneville Astros rallied back in the 9th to take one at Joe O'Brien Stadium.

Jay Austin opened up the game by taking a walk from Danny Berlind, then stealing 2nd. Berlind would get Joe Alluve to fly out to right before Frank Almonte singled to score Austin. After Kody Hinze went down on strikes, Ebert Rosario hit his first home run of the season over the center field wall to give the Astros a 3-0 lead.

The Twins were quick to respond though. Dominic De La Osa walked and two outs later, so would Alex Soto. Michael Harrington then belted one over the right field fence for his six home run of the brief season for the E-Twins, tying up the score.

Kody Hinze homered in the top of the 4th off Berlin, his third of the season. After a ground out to Rosario, Fredrico Hernandez took a walk. Nathan Metroka's ground ball single moved Fernandez to 2nd and a Kyle Miller line drive got him to 3rd. After taking Ricardo Bonfante out on strikes, Berlind would walk Jay Austin to force in a run. That did it for the E-Twins beleaguered starter, as Curtis Leavitt came in to replace Berlind, getting Jose Alluve out on strikes to end the inning.

Soto his his 7th homer run over the right field fence to take one back in the bottom of the 5th.

Jon Watenbury singled and Soto doubled to move him to 3rd. Following a ground out to Harrington, Evan Bigley singled to score Waltenbury. A wild pitch by Arcenio Leon plated Soto and a second wild pitch moved Bigley to 3rd. Jeff Lanning took a walk, and Angel Morales stuck out before yet another wild pitch by Leon finally plated Bigley. That put the Twins up on top, but the Astros had other plans.

Bonfante doubled in the top of the 9th, then stole 3rd base. Jose Alluve and Frank Almonte then hit back-to-back home runs off Danny Rondon to retake the lead. A strike out a ground out and a fly out finished off the Twins and the game.

Berlind allowed 5 runs, earned on 5 hits and 3 walks while striking out 5 over 3.2 innings. Leavitt worked the next four, allowing only 2 hits and a walk while striking out 3. Rondon would finish up the last 1.1 inning, allowing 3 earned runs on 3 hits while striking out 1.

Soto, Harrington and Morales were all 2-for-4 at the plate, Soto with 3 runs and a RBI, and Harrington with 1 run and 3 RBIs. Bigley was 2-for-5 with a run and a run scored. Waltenbury was 1-for-5 with a run. De La Osa was 0-for-2 at the plate but walked 3 times.

The rubber match of the three game series is Wednesday with a 7:00 PM start.


DSL Twins 4 at DSL Cubs 3

W: E. Cardenas (4-1, 1.57); L: A. Quezada (2-1, 0.00); SV: E. Alvarez (9)
HR: DSL TWI: O. Arcia (1).

The DSL Twins picked up 4 runs on 9 hits to overcome the DSL Cubs on the road, 4-3.

Eliecer Cardenas took the start for the Twins, allowing only 1 run, earned, on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 2.

Wilfy Gil singled off Marcos Perez in the top of the 5th, then stole 2nd base. A throwing error by catcher Juan Medina put Gil on 3rd. Danny Santana would reach on a fielder's choice when the Cubs tried to make the play at the plate and failed, Gil scored to put the Twins on the board.

A pitcher change brought Andres Quezada to the mound for the sixth and Manuel Soliman and Oswaldo Arcia both took singles off him. A throwing error by Quezeda on the pick off attempt advanced the runners. Jairo Rodriguez would go down on strikes before Eliel Sierra reached on a fielder's choice. Again the Cubs failed to make the play at the plate and a runner, this time Soliman, scored.

Soliman doubled his way onto base and Arica went yard off Arturo Florentino in the top of the 8th to give the Twins the game winning run.

Renzo Reverol worked 1 inning of relief, allowing 2 runs, unearned, on 1 hit and 1 walk while fanning 2. Edison Alvarez picked up his 9th save of the season, allowing 1 hit over the last 2 innings and striking out one.

Soliman, Arcia and Sierra were 2-for-4, Soliman with a pair of runs, Arcia with a run and 2 RBIs and Sierra with a RBI. Santana had a single and a walk, while Gil was 1-for-4 with a single and a run. Rodriguez was also 1-for-4, picking up the one hit wonder title.


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