Twins’ Guzman hits perfect game

Published 5:41 pm Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Led by the bat of Manuel Guzman, the Twins blanked the Danville Braves 6-0 Monday night at Joe O’Brien Field.

Guzman was perfect at the plate, going 4 of 4, with two RBIs and two doubles. The Twins had 11 hits for the evening, with A.J. Murray  going 3 of 4, with one double and one RBI.

The Twins held the Braves to just five hits.

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From the plate, the Twins’ Andro Cutura (3-23) took the win, after opening up and throwing for six innings, during which he recorded four strikeouts against two walks, with three hits against him.

In the seventh, Cutura handed the ball over to Anthony Mciver, who worked for two, striking out three batters, with one walk and one hit against. Elizabethton’s Alex Robinson threw for one, closing things up for the Twins. He finished with one strikeout and a hit against him.

The Twins didn’t get things started until the third inning, when they posted one run, a result of Amaurys Minier coming home off a sacrifice by Jermaine Palacios.

Elizabethton kept things rolling in the fourth frame as they threw up three runs in the single inning. Murray scored the first run as he came home off a single by Brad Hartong, before  Guzman brought in Hartong and Blankerhorn with a single.

The Twins posted two more runs in the bottom of the seventh.

With the win, the Twins moved to 29-24, tying things up with the Kingsport Mets for first in the West. The Greeneville Astros are in third with a 26-26 record. In the East, the Pulaski Yankees (33-31) extended their first-place lead with a  6-2 win over Princeton.

The Twins will continue play with Danville today, before taking a break Wednesday. On Thursday, the Twins will start things back up with a trip to Pulaski, where they will hang around for three games before traveling to Greeneville Sunday.