Elizabethton absorbs third consecutive one-run loss

Johnson City Press • Aug 16, 2019 at 10:59 PM

DANVILLE, Va.—Although Danville emptied its scoring tank in the bottom of the first inning, that was enough to lift the Braves to a 2-1 victory over Elizabethton on Friday night.

Suffering their third consecutive one-run setback, the Twins (27-28) fell at Dan Daniel Memorial Park for the second straight night — both times costing them a share of first place with Johnson City in the West Division.

The Braves (22-34) got a two-run double from Willie Carter and their four pitchers on the night made it stand up.

Starter Tyler Owens breezed through the fourth before Tanner Gordon recorded a half-dozen outs, yielding a Parker Phillips RBI double in the sixth.

Greg Laban was awarded the win after working two innings of his own, making way for Alex Segal to strike out the side in the ninth for his first save.

Elizabethton mustered only four hits, although three of them were doubles. In addition to Phillips, Ruben Santana and Matt Wallner each accounted for a two-bagger.

Danville produced a modest six hits, with Carter and Beau Philip collecting two apiece. Like Carter, Philip was responsible for a double.

Ryley Widell (1-6) went five innings in a losing cause, allowing four hits. Owen Griffith and Tyler Beck combined to fill the Twins’ final three innings from the mound.

The two teams conclude their three-games series on Saturday night. First pitch is set for 6:30 p.m.

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