One run enough as Bristol slips past Elizabethton

Johnson City Press • Updated Jul 27, 2019 at 10:07 PM

BRISTOL—Defense and pitching dominated Saturday night’s Appalachian League game between Elizabethton and Bristol.

That’s why it took minimal scoring to come out on top as Francisco Acuna’s RBI double in the sixth inning lifted the Pirates to a 1-0 win at Boyce Cox Field.

Lofting his two-base hit to left field, Acuna drove home Aaron Shackelford before he was tagged out trying to reach third.

That lone tally made a winner of Lizardy Dicent (1-0), who hurled two hitless innings in relief of starter Tahnaj Thomas. Totaling seven strikeouts, Thomas allowed three hits as he worked till the end of the fifth.

Ryan Troutman hurled a two-inning save, yielding the last of four Elizabethton hits. Bristol’s three pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts against no walks.

Prelander Berroa turned in a five-inning start for the Twins, allowing no runs and three hits. He amassed five strikeouts against two walks.

Denny Bentley (2-1) went the rest of the way for Elizabethton.

Josh Bissonette topped a five-hit Pirates output by going 2 for 4 with a triple.

Leading the Twins, who aim to avoid a three-game sweep in Sunday’s 6 p.m. game, was Will Holland at 2 for 3.

Elizabethton (20-17) dropped into a first-place tie with Johnson City atop the Western Division. Bristol (18-19) is next in the standings, two games back.

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