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Twins can't contain Bristol in 11-6 loss

Douglas Fritz • Updated Jun 26, 2019 at 10:33 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Baseball’s nine-inning slate can be forgiving for a slow start, but Elizabethton couldn’t dig all the way out of a seven-run deficit.

The Twins battled back to within two runs, but the Pirates pulled away for an 11-6 victory in another long Appalachian League baseball contest at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark on Wednesday night.

The game took three hours and 39 minutes to complete.

The loss ended a two-game winning streak, and left the Twins (4-4) in a third-place tie with Greeneville in the West Division. Elizabethton will finish the three-game series with Bristol (2-6) on Thursday night at 6:30 p.m.

Elizabethton made five errors and Bristol was 10-for-20 with runners in scoring position.

“When you have a crooked number under the error column, and those guys are a free swinging bunch, and we’re giving them extra outs, and we have a tough time getting ahead of hitters early, I’m surprised they only scored 11 runs,” said Twins manager Ray Smith. “It was ugly.”

BATTLING BACK

Elizabethton put together three good innings, cutting a seven-run Bristol lead down to 8-6.

Spencer Steer had an RBI double in the third inning to start the scoring. He added a two-run double in the fourth inning. Steer finished with four hits in five at-bats.

“He was swinging the bat pretty good,” said Smith. “He squared some balls up, and sprayed the ball around.”

Alex Isola also had an RBI hit in the fourth, and Albee Weiss hit a two-run homer over the right field fence in the bottom of the fifth inning.

GRAND OPENING

Bristol broke loose for seven runs over the first two innings. The Pirates had four in the first inning, one a wild pitch, one on an infield single, and two on Francisco Acuna’s double off the left field fence.

In the second inning, an error plated the first run. Chase Murray and Acura each added an RBI single to push Bristol’s lead to 7-0. Of those seven runs, three were unearned.

LEADERS

For Bristol, Murray finished with three hits and two RBIs while Acuna had two hits and three runs batted in. Ernny Ordonez drove in a pair of runs.

Seth Gray and Anthony Prato each had two hits for the Twins.

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