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Twins drop in standings after a 10-inning loss

Johnson City Press • Aug 17, 2019 at 10:41 PM

DANVILLE, Va. — The completion a three-game Danville sweep ushered Elizabethton to its fourth consecutive one-run loss on Saturday night.

This setback, a 3-2 decision at Dan Daniel Memorial Park, came in 10 innings and dropped the Twins out of a second-place tie in the Appalachian League’s West Division.

Elizabethton (27-29), which couldn’t hang on to a 2-0 lead in the late innings, dropped two games behind division leader Johnson City, fell out of a tie with Bristol and now trails Kingsport by a half-game for third place. Those four teams are competing for two playoff berths.

The Twins built their two-run advantage with a second-inning sacrifice fly by Trevor Jensen in the second inning and Seth Gray’s RBI fielder’s choice in the seventh.

Danville answered in the bottom of the seventh with Willie Carter’s RBI single, then Cody Milligan belted a run-scoring double to tie things up in the eighth.

After Elizabethton stranded Gray at third in the top of the 10th, Carter won the game on a one-out fielder’s choice by Ray Hernandez.

Carter, Milligan and Mitch Calandra had two hits apiece for Danville. Kidany Salva was Elizabethton’s lone player with multiple hits, going 2 for 4.

Peyton Williams (2-3) pitched the ninth and 10th innings for the victory. Yielding two runs (one earned) in 2 1/3 innings, Benjamin Dum (2-2) was saddled with the loss.

Frandy Torres, the second of four Twins pitchers, performed well. He worked four scoreless innings, totaling four strikeouts in the process.

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