Elizabethton 1 at Johnson City 6
W: J. Bravo (1-3, 3.80); L: B. Lanigan (1-2, 4.05)
It's rare to see the Elizabethton Twins with only two hits, but that's exactly what happened against the Johnson City Cardinals in the conclusion of the game suspended on July 1, 2008.
Guillermo Toribio would single in the bottom of the first off starter Bobby Lanigan. Following a fly out to Matt Rigoli, Nico Vasquez singled to put two on board. A passed ball by catcher Alex Soto advanced the pair, and Torbino would cross the plate on Curt Smith's ground out to give the cards the early lead.
They would added to it in the bottom of the fourth with Smith singling. After Jack Cawley and Edgar Lara went down on strikes, Travis Mitchell singled and Osvaldo Morales was hit by a pitch to load the bags. Lannigan then walked Jarred Bogany and Torbino to force in a pair of runs before finally getting Matt Rigoli out on the strikes.
Lanigan would exit the mound, giving up 3 runs, 2 earned on 5 hits and 2 walks while fanning five after 4 innings. After that it appears that Curt Leavitt replaced him but there are no stats available for for this game for the inning coming Twins prospect. (Don't you just LOVE Baseball Advanced Media?)
James Beresford would single and a passed ball by Cawley moved him to second. Dominic De La Osa drew a walk and Nick Romero reached on a fielding error by the Cards' Morales. Jon Waltenbury would hit into a ground out that plated Beresford, and Jon Bravo would replace Jose Mateo on the mound before Alex Soto was taken out on strikes.
Vasquez singled and stole 2nd off Leavitt. Smith would ground out and Cawley walk before Edgar Lara doubled to drive in Vasquez and Cawley.
The seventh inning would see Vasquez walk to lead off then moving to 2nd on a passed ball by Soto. Smith doubled him in for the final run of the game.
Soto had the only other hit in the game, going 1-for-3 at the plate with walk.
Box (such as it is)
Elizabethton 3 at Johnson City 11
W: J. Rondon (2-2, 4.30); L: D. Berlind (1-2, 12.46)
HR: JCY: C. Smith (6), O. Morales (5), I. Castro (3).
One of the big questions Monday at the GCL game was WHAT is wrong with Danny Berlind? I don't know, I'm not there. And short of Rick Knapp showing up I'm not likely to know anytime soon. I do know that he wasn't pitching as well as I expected in Instructional League, but it was in no way indicative for the sort of shelling he's been suffering in Elizabethton.
Nico Vasquez singled off Berlind in the bottom of the first with one out on the board. A throwing error by Berlind on the pick off attempt moved Vasquez to 2nd. Curt Smith would pop out before Ivan Castro singled to plate the Cards short stop.
Nathan Hanson reached on a fielding error and took 2nd base as well when the ball went into the dugout. He moved to 3rd on a sac bunt by Beresford and came home on Dominic De La Osa's sacrifice fly to center.
Things turned bad for Berlind in the bottom of the stanza. After getting Brett Lilley out on strikes, Vasquez singled. Smith then clubbed a home run, his sixth of the season over the center field wall. Ivan Castro would walk to follow that up and Alex Castellanos, Travis Mitchell, Edgar Lara and Jarred Bogany all singled to to plate four more. Kyle Carr would replace Berlind at that point, getting Lilley to ground into a double play to end the inning.
It seems like Berlind is not pitching with a lot of confidence at the moment. Perhaps a move to the bullpen would be in order, so he could just air it out for an inning or two and get himself back on track?
Hanson doubled in the top of the fifth and following a fly out by Beresford, De La Osa would get hit by a pitch. Nick Romero sacrificed in Hanson. Singles to Jon Waltenbury and Michael Harrigton brought in De La Osa. Lanning would walk and the Cards would bring in Jorge Rondon to replace starter Matthew North. Rondon would get Angel Morales out on strikes to end the E-Twins scoring threat.
Osvaldo Morales put his fifth home run of the season over the right field wall. Following a fly out to Alex Castellonos, Travis Mitchell and Edgar Lara both walked. Jarred Bogany ground into a force out that plated Mitchell and Lilley singled before Danny Rondon came in to replace Carr, getting Vasques to ground out to end the the inning.
Smith would single and Ivan Castro homered off Rondon in the bottom of the sixth to complete the scoring.
Harrington was 2-for-4 with a double and a RBI, while Hanson was 1-for-3 with a double and a pair of runs. Waltenbury and Beresford were the one hit wonders of the game. Jeff Lanning also had a single, going 1-for-2 at the plate, but drew a walk to go along with it.
JC Press - Waltenbury
Gassy Night got rained out, but evidently Mullet Night is on the way. The longest mullet and the funniest redneck joke contest will being at 6 PM, with free E-Twins tattoos for the first 100 fans. (Shuck and Jive Blog)