Twins take advantage of Bluefield

Douglas Fritz • Updated Jun 20, 2019 at 11:32 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Many balls and plenty of walks helped Elizabethton spend a lot of time touching home plate.

The Twins took advantage of Bluefield pitchers’ command issues, running away for a 13-6 Appalachian League baseball win Thursday night at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark.

“It wasn’t a masterpiece of a game by any stretch of the imagination,” said Twins’ manager Ray Smith. “But it’s a developmental league, and you give everybody an opportunity to showcase their skills. It’s not going to go smooth all the time.”

The Twins improved to 2-1, winning the season-opening three-game set against the Blue Jays. Elizabethton travels to Kingsport on Friday to begin a three-game weekend set with the Mets.


The Twins struck for four runs in the third inning, to take a 6-1 lead. They came back with a six spot in a laborious fifth inning.

Elizabethton sent 11 batters to the plate in the fifth inning, scoring six times with just two hits. At that point in the game, three Bluefield pitchers had combined to throw 65 strikes and 63 balls.

Here is the breakdown of the inning:



Wild pitch

Hit by pitch


Mound visit (pitching change)

Passed ball



Sacrifice fly


Mound visit

Dropped fly ball


Mound visit (pitching change)


And the Twins took full advantage of the situation.

“That’s what clubs do, if you’re going to win a few games, you’re going to take advantage of miscues,” said Smith. “And you’re going to see a lot of those in this league. The first two games were pretty well played. They weren’t bad. Tonight, it was a reality check.”


Seth Gray had a three-hit game for the Twins. He finished 3 for 5 with an RBI. Tyler Webb collected two hits and drove in three runs.

Also, Alex Isola had a couple of hits and two RBIs while Ruben Santana totaled two hits.


Ben Gross, who played at Duke University, made his professional debut. He worked four innings, allowing seven hits and four runs, three earned. He walked two and struck out two.

Gross gave up three straight hits to start the fifth inning, and was removed. Denny Bentley scooped up victory, working three solid innings. He allowed one hit, one walk, no runs, and struck out five.

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