Elizabethton 0 at Greeneville 3
W: C. Pitkin (1-0, 0.60); L: B. Tippett (3-1, 2.25)
Greeneville's Henry Villar and Colton Pitkin combined to hold the Elizabethton Twins to only 4 hits, no walks - and most importantly no runs - Thursday night at Pioneer Park.
Nick Romero, Jon Waltenbury, and Danny Rams were all one hit wonders for the E-Twins, who aren't used to such struggles. Michael Harrinton was 1-for-3 at the plate with a double.
Brad Tippett would take the start for the E-Twins and was equally as daunting on the mound. In the 7th however, he'd allowed a single to Kory Hinze and a double to Renzo Tello. Richardo Bonfante knocked them both in with a line drive to left.
Nathon Fritz would replace Tippy on the mound for the 8th, and allowed a single to Wilton Infante. Infante would be caught trying to steal, but Jay Austin took a free pass off Fritz. Jose Alluve singled, moving Austin to 3rd, and the freeloader was sacrificed in by Ebert Rosario.
The E-Twins, after an unusual 1-2 series against the Astros, head over to Bristol to face face the Chicago White Sox affiliate there. Game time for the Independence day contest is 7:00 PM.
DSL Twins 8 at DSL DiamondbackReds 0
W: E. Cardenas (3-1, 1.29); L: T. Gutierrez (0-2, 5.40)
Danny Santana was 3-for-5 at the plate with a run and 2 RBIs as the visiting DSL Twins banged out 8 runs on 14 hits blanking the DSL DiamondbackReds, 8-0.
Eliecer Cardenas scattered 5 hits and a walk over six innings in his start for the Twins. He'd strike out 8 Dia-Reds players during his tenure on the mound. Carlos Carrillo and Renzo Reverol finished up the contest.
Eliel Sierra doubled and Manuel Soliman and Jhontan Arias hit back-to-back singles which plate Sierra to open up the scoring for the D-Twins. A wild pitch by Teo Gutierrez put Soliman on 3rd. 2 outs later, Santana's single would score Soliman, while Arias high tailed it home on the throw in from right by Jose Victor.
Arias doubled in the top of the fourth Yancarlo Franco drew a walk. Xavier Gonzalez would be taken out on strikes before Santana walked to load up the bases. Lesther Galvan then walked to force in Arias, making it 4-0 D-Twins.
Felix Caro would single in the top of the seventh, then be replaced by pinch runner Yorby Martinez. Oswaldo Arcia and Siera hit back-to-back singles that scored Martinez, for the D-Twins 5th run.
Franco triple to lead off the top of the eighth. After Gonzalez when down on strikes Santana doubled to score Franco. Galvan singled and following a pitcher change that saw Victor Navarro to the mound, a passed ball by Alberto Restrepo moved Galvin to 2nd. Martinez would ground out, but Santana came home on the play. Galvin would score on Arcia's follow up single. Sierra and Soliman would both be hit by pitches, but Arias lined into the final out to retire the side.
Siera and Arias were both 2-for-4, Sierra with a run and a RBI, Arias with a pair of runs and a walk. Arcia was 2-for-5 with a RBI. Galvan, Soliman and Franco were all 1-for-4 with a run, Galvan and Soliman with RBIs as well.
The D-Twins host the DSL Cubs1 for a 10:30 AM Dominican time game on Friday.