The E-Twins (10-8) got only three hits on the night, but they were timely. It was the first shutout win of the year for Elizabethton.
The Braves (10-9) out-hit the Twins (5-3), but could not string the hits together. There was only one threat for the Braves on the night with one runner on third that was stranded.
OFF THE SCHNEID
The Twins offense finally broke out of the hitless affair with a big sixth inning.
After a groundout, Lean Marrero and Yunior Severino both were able to draw walks and get a runner in scoring position for the first time on the evening. Ryan Jeffers knocked a single to left field for the first hit of the inning and the bases were loaded.
Chris Williams came through and smacked a ball through the hole between third and short to get the first run of the night across. Alex Robles carried the momentum and hit a ball that was almost identical to the one before, and it scored Severino from third.
The Braves were able to get out of the jam with runners on second and third by getting back-to-back strikeouts from new pitcher Bradley Welsh.
BY THE SKIN OF THEIR TEETH
The Twins were fortunate in the first three innings as they turned three double plays in three distinctly different ways.
In the opening frame, Elizabethton second baseman Severino got a ground ball up the middle and made the force out at second. He then flipped it to first baseman Williams for the final out of the inning.
The oddest of the the three was the one that ended the third inning. It was a fly out to left fielder Albee Weiss, who tried to get the runner at second doubled off. The shortstop Severino had the throw go by him, but Williams was backing up the play and was still able to make the throw back to Severino in time.
TWINS TERRIFIC PITCHING
Moises Gomez recorded the win on the mound, hurling three innings and striking out two. He only allowed one hit.
Derek Molina got the save as he pitched the final two innings and struck out four batters.
Kody Funderburk had a solid start for the Twins, pitching four innings while not allowing a hit. His ERA is now 0.96.
FOR THE FOES
Henry Quintero was the only Braves’ player with multiple hits, finishing with two. Danville left seven runners on base and were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
The Twins will make the short trip up the road to Johnson City to begin a four-game series with the Cardinals. The first game is Tuesday with first pitch is set for 7 p.m.