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Yankees take regular season finale from E-Twins

Jeff Birchfield • Updated Aug 29, 2018 at 10:30 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Elizabethton Twins starting pitcher Tyler Palm had the hot hand on Wednesday night, but his relievers weren't able to hold on in a 5-2 loss to the Pulaski Yankees at Joe O'Brien Field.

In the regular season finale for both teams, the Appalachian League West Division champion Twins fell to 39-27, while the Yankees finished at 32-36.

It was a rare misstep by the Twins down the stretch, who came into the game with a five-game winning streak. Still, there were plenty of positives with Palm, who had a no decision despite giving up just one hit and no walks over five scoreless innings. Palm threw 48 pitches, 31 for strikes with four strikeouts.

Elizabethton lead-off batter Yelstin Encarnacion went 3-for-5 and Alex Robles was 2-for-4 was the Twins outhit the Yankees 9-8.

YANKEE DOODLE

Pulaski finally broke open a scoreless game in the top of the seventh. Oswald Peraza reached base on a bunt single and Anthony Garcia followed with a single. Mickey Gasper then doubled to right field to score both and a 2-0 Yankees lead.

The Yankees got a RBI triple from Evan Alexander and a RBI single from Peraza for two more runs in the eighth. Griffin Garabito added a RBI double in the final inning.

STRIKES NOT ENOUGH

After Palm's hot start, Austin Schulfer came in the sixth inning, getting three straight outs with two strikeouts.

Dylan Stowell (0-1), who came in the seventh, was tagged for the loss after giving up six hits and four runs over two innings. Erik Cha came in the final inning and gave up a run.

Still, the Twins pitchers threw 14 strikeouts for a second straight night.

BOTTOM OF THE NINTH

Down 5-0 entering the bottom of the ninth, the Twins rallied with two runs.

Jean Carlos Arias led off with a double and Andrew Cosgrove brought him home with a single up the middle. Two more singles by Lean Marrero and Encarnacion put a second run on the scoreboard and gave the Twins a tying run at the plate.

But, consecutive outs ended the threat and the regular season.

PLAYOFF SCHEDULE

The Twins will travel to Kingsport to take on the Mets in the first game of a three-game playoff series Friday at 6:30 p.m. The series will shift to Elizabethton for game two set for Saturday at 6:30 p.m. An if necessary game will also be in Elizabethton on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. with the winner to advance to the Appalachian League Championship Series.

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