Elizabethton 5 at Bristol 4
W: M. Hamburger (1-0, 3.86); L: K. Asselin (0-1, 3.38)
HR: ELI: M. Harrington (4), A. Morales (4). BRI: J. Castillo (1).
One day after being blanked by the Bristol Sox, the Elizabethton Twins bounced back to a 5-4 win over the same team...although the game would run to extra inning.
Dominic De La Osa, Nick Papasan and Jon Waltenbury all took walks to load the bases to start out the game. Evan Bigley would hit into a force out that took De La Osa out at home. Papasan however would come home on a throwing error by Sox catcher Shaydron Buckridge which also left runners on second and third. Michael Harrington singled out to right drive in the pair, giving the E-Twins an early 3 run lead.
Juan Silverio singled for the Sox in the bottom of the 5th. He'd be doubled in by Kenneth Gilbert to put Bristol on the board.
The E-Twins responded right away with Harrington putting one over the right center field wall in the top of the sixth. Despite a double to Angel Morales, that would be all Elizabethton would get in the inning.
Danny Rondon has not been finding the Appalachian League to his liking. The GCL Twins top closer from last season would see Buckridge knock a line drive single off him to start the bottom of the 8th. After getting Hancer Vargas out on strikes, Rondon would manage to pick off Buckridge. Justin Greene then singled off him and advanced to 2nd on a throwing error - Rondon's own. Jordan Kendall then doubled to score Greene at which time Mark Hamburger was brought into the game. Jorge Castillo greeted him with a home run that tied up the game.
Angel Morales 4th home run of the season would win the game in the extra innings for the E-Twins.
Hamburger would get the blown save, his first of the season, but also his first win, working 3.1 innings and allowing 1 run on 3 hits while fanning 3. Shooter Hunt made the start and worked 3 innings of goose eggs, fanning six.
Morales would go 3-for-5 at the plate to lead the scoring with a run and a run scored. De La Osa and Juan Richardson were both 2-for-5 as was Harrington, who also had a run and 3 RBIs to go with the multiple hits.
The series continues Saturday with a 7:00 PM start.
Clinton 4 at Beloit 0
W: B. Beavan (5-5, 2.84); L: M. McCardell (5-2, 2.97)
HR: CLI: M. Alfonzo (3).
Beloit on the other hand, showed little interest in rebounding from Thursday's loss. Clinton starter Blake Beavan held the team to only 3 hits over seven innings. He issued no walks, and fanned five.
Jeanfred Brito, Marc Dolenc and Andrew Schmiesing were all one hit wonders, which is one hit more than the rest of their teammates had. Even Ben Revere found himself 0-for-3 on the night.
Miguel Alfonzo hit his 3rd home run of the season off Beloit stater Mike McCardell in the top of the 2nd to put Clinton on the board.
Engel Beltre would double in the top of the 3rd for the L-Kings. A throwing error by McCardell lead to Andrew Jones reaching and Beltre scoring. Jones would move to 3rd on the play and McCardell who has not having a good night on the mound, would be called on a balk, scoring James.
Beltre singled in the fifth moved to 2nd on Jone's sac-bunt, and was plated by Moreland's ground ball single to left.
3 of the 4 runs McCardell allowed would be earned, as he surrendered 8 hits and a walk over 7 innings while fanning 4.
Beloit is hoping a change of scenery will help Saturday as they travel over to Appleton to take on the Timber Rattlers. The first pitch will be tossed at 6:35 P.M. central time.