Twins rejuvenate playoff hopes with 6-5 win

Johnson City Press • Updated Aug 23, 2019 at 10:36 PM

ELIZABETHTON—Days after enduring a six-game losing streak that pointed toward a season-ending fade, Elizabethton is very much in the playoff hunt.

On Friday night at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark, Seth Gray’s two-out, two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Twins to a 6-5 victory over Danville.

Improving to 30-32 with their third win in four games, Elizabethton crept within a game of Bristol for the division’s second postseason berth. The Twins are a half-game behind third-place Kingsport.

The Braves (27-36) were poised to capture a comeback win over Elizabethton after a three-run eighth, which included Victor De Hoyos’ two-run homer — put them ahead 5-4.

In the Twins’ end of the ninth, though, Willie Joe Garry Jr. delivered a one-out single before moving up 90 feet on a wild pitch. From there came a Ruben Santana walk, a strikeout and another wild pitch to put both runners in scoring position – setting up Gray for a line drive to right field.

Finishing 3 for 5 with three RBIs and scoring twice, Gray accounted for the game’s first run with a fourth-inning homer — his 10th of the season.

Kidany Salva batted 2 for 4 as the Twins, who got a two-run Charles Mack homer in a three-run sixth, accumulated nine hits.

Danville also had nine hits. Leadoff man Jose Palma went 3 for 5 with a triple, Willie Carter homered in a 2-for-3, 2-run effort and Victor De Hoyos belted a two-run homer.

Winner Benjamin Dum (4-2) surrendered a run and tallied three strikeouts in two innings of work.

The Braves and Twins resume their three-game series on Saturday. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.