E-Twins fend off Bristol… Early five-run lead by Elizabethton just enough to capture win, 6-5

Published 6:00 am Thursday, June 27, 2019



Having scored just eight runs in the previous six games, the Bristol Pirates nearly doubled their season’s output on Tuesday night scoring five runs in a 6-5 loss to the Elizabethton Twins at Northeast Community Credit Union ballpark.

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The Pirates (1-6) scored on the third pitch of the game as leadoff hitter Jesus Valdez deposited a Prelander Berroa delivery over the high fence in leftfield for a 1-0 Bristol lead.

Twins leadoff hitter Spencer Steer duplicated the feat as he hit a 3-1 pitch from Pirates starter Tahnaj Thomas over the fence in left to knot the game at 1-1.

In the second frame, the Twins (4-3) chased Thomas with a five-run frame that began with a pair of walks and a stolen base that put Twins runners at the corners.

Max Smith collected an RBI single and a walk to Charlie Mack loaded the bases.

Designated hitter Albee Weiss delivered a two-run double for a 4-1 Betsy advantage and one out later, catcher Yeremi DeLaCruz smacked a two-run single for a 6-1 Twins lead.

“I feel really good, which was why I was frustrated at my last at bat,” Weiss said. “I’m seeing the ball well and I feel that as long as I stay within myself and trust my bat speed and try not to do too much that’s where I’ll find success.”

Berroa went four innings giving up one run on three hits and saw his earned run average raise to 1.04. He walked three and struck out seven.

“I feel better and putting in the time and effort,” Berroa said through interpreter Richard Salazar. “I was releasing the ball a little bit higher, but I was making the adjustment. It has been two good outings, but need more consistency.”

Lefthander Denny Bentley came in to start the fifth frame and he was greeted with three hits sandwiched by a walk and gave up two runs on a bases-loaded single by Brendt Citta.

A ground ball from Daniel Rivero brought home the third run of the stanza for the Pirates and cut the Twins lead to 6-4.

A wild pitch allowed Citta to score from third and made it a 6-5 contest.

Osiris German (1-0) got the win with two solid innings of relief and Twins manager Ray Smith was complimentary of his outing saying, “The eighth inning was the key with their big boppers coming up and he humped a few good fastballs and blew away that third hitter.

“Then we had the strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out and our guy DeLaCruz bailed us out of that inning.”

Elizabethton, 6-5

Bristol   100 040 000 – 5  8 0

E-Twins   150 000 00x – 6 11 1

W – German (1-0).  L – Thomas (0-2).