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Pirates cool off Elizabethton

Douglas Fritz • Jul 29, 2018 at 9:43 PM

ELIZABETHTON — In baseball, hot or cold only applies to a team’s most recent game.

Winners 13 times in its last 17 games and holding a commanding five-game lead in the West Division of the Appalachian League, Elizabethton struggled in several facets of the game and lost 7-4 to Bristol on Sunday night.

Any hopes for Twins’ last at-bat magic were washed away when a thunderstorm settled onto Joe O’Brien Field. The game was called in top of the ninth inning after Bristol started the frame with two runners on base and nobody out.

The Twins fell to 22-13 on the season. They are off Monday before beginning a three-game set at Johnson City. Bristol improved to 17-20.

Williams’ power display

Elizabethton got on the board in the first inning, thanks to Chris Williams. He followed Trevor Larnach’s double with a towering blast over the left field fence for a 2-0 advantage.

With the Twins trailing 4-2 in the third inning, Williams came up again and ripped another one. This blast exited over the left-center field fence, and came after DaShawn Keirsey Jr. was picked off at second base after a leadoff double.

For the season, Williams — the 6-foot-1, 225-pound former Clemson standout — has 11 homers and 36 RBIs in 34 games.

Helman delivering

Michael Helman, the Twins’ 11th-round pick out of Texas A&M, continued his strong professional start. He homered, his second of the year, and is hitting .405 in 11 games.

Bristol bash

Dean Lockery broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the third inning with a two-run rip over the right field fence. Lockery and Conner Uselton each had two hits for the Pirates while Eddy Vizcaino drove in a pair of runs.

Taking command

Leading 5-3, Bristol opened up breathing room with a pair of sixth-inning runs. One run scored on an error and the other was plated by Manny Bejerano’s RBI single.

Best on the mound

Argenis Romano (2-0) picked up the win in relief. He has allowed just four runs in 28 2/3 innings on the season.

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