E-Twins topple Kingsport

Published 12:12 am Tuesday, August 1, 2017

The Elizabethton Twins ‘doubled’ their fun on Monday night at Joe O’Brien Field with six two baggers in a 9-3 victory over the Kingsport Mets.

A pair of doubles helped the Twins (25-14) to a 1-0 lead in the last of the first with centerfielder Akil Baddoo opening with a two bagger to left and rightfielder Shane Carrier drilling a two-out RBI double to centerfield.

First baseman Kolton Kendrick took a walk to open the fourth frame and scored on a double from third baseman Andrew Bechtold, who was moved to third when the relay throw from shortstop Hansel Moreno was wide of the plate.

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Twins catcher Robert Molina then singled home Bechtold from third for a 3-0 Elizabethton lead.

Righthander Melvi Acosta got the start for the Twins and he lasted five and two-thirds innings, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out three and walked none.

“Acosta battled,” Twins manager Ray Smith said. “He gave his best effort and he always does. Sometimes he over maxes a little bit and he has to stay connected. That’s half the battle. He started getting a little tired but Ricky did a good job finishing up the game.”

The Mets got back-to-back doubles from Grabiel Jimenez and Anthony DeRocie to cut the Twins lead to 3-1. The Twins chased Mets starter Ronald Sanchez in the fifth after one out singles by Carrier and Kendrick put runners on the corners for Betsy.

Righty Mac Lozer came on in relief for Kingsport (15-23) to face Bechtold who delivered a sacrifice fly to right to plate Carrier and give the Twins a 4-1 advantage. Moreno took a fastball from Acosta over the fence in rightfield to make it a 4-2 game and Ricky Ramirez came in from the bullpen.

“I just used my fastball to get ahead in the count,” Ramirez said. “When I wasn’t going well, I was falling behind and having to give in, but tonight was the complete opposite. Our offense is destroying it right now and the pitching – early in the year was off – but now we have everyone settled in and in a groove.”

The Twins broke the game open in the sixth with four runs as second baseman Carson Crites opened with a base knock and Baddoo drew a free pass. Third baseman Jordan Gore, designated hitter Jose Miranda and Bechtold each doubled to drive in all four runs.

Moreno doubled in a run for the Mets in the eighth to cut the deficit to 8-3. Moreno finished two-for-four with a home run and two runs batted in.

E-Twins 9-3

Kingsport 000 011 010 – 3 7 3

E-Twins 100 214 01x – 9 14 1

W – Acosta (4-1) L – Sanchez (0-2)

Sv, Ramirez (2)