Twins whiff against Greeneville

By Wes Holtsclaw

   You know it's not a good night for a team when its scorecard is littered with K's.
   That's the way it was for the Elizabethton Twins.
   In Thursday night's encounter with the Greeneville Astros, the visiting club compiled a damaging 16 strikeouts while battering the Twins defense in the second and fourth innings to record a 7-1 victory at O'Brien Field.
   Venezuelan Juan Gutierrez struck out 11 batters and allowed just two hits in his five innings of work for the Astros to lay claim to his second win of the season.
   Steven Duguay suffered his first loss of the season after a promising start to the game. He struck out the first three batters before giving up a solo shot to Antonio Garcia at the top of the second.
   Things went downhill from there for the former Watauga High (N.C.) standout.
   Much to Elizabethton's dismay, its lone offensive bright spot was gone by the third batter in the starting lineup.
   Landon Burt walked and advanced to second on a passed ball, then secured the squad's only run when Trevour Plouffe found the gap on an RBI double.
   "The game started out great," said Twins manager Ray Smith. "Duguay punched out the side, then we drew the lead off walk and Trevor had to look for something. He had a gapper that drove the run in."
   Duguay struck out eight of his own, but had a hard time finding command when he had a batter down in their count.
   "He tried to force things and his command wasn't as good as it has been," Smith said. "We had two bad innings and the offense couldn't amount much of a threat. We still weren't able to make enough adjustments."
   After Garcia's homer in the second, Mitch Einertson and Ryan Reed followed with back-to-back singles. It set up a two-run triple from catcher Jose Acosta, who got the green light to dash home on a throwing error by Luke Hughes.
   In the fourth, with two outs, Duguay had Acosta down 0-2 before Acosta singled to get it going again. Jason Corapci, Max Hudgson and Christopher Uhle followed with an RBI double, and RBI single and a RBI single, respectively.
   It prompted Smith to place Dennis Medina on the mound.
   Medina walked one before sitting down 10 straight batters defensively in relief. Jay Sawatski and Chris Lankford followed, only allowing one hit and a walk combined to finish things out for Elizabethton.
   Offensively, the Twins got singles from Johnny Woodard and Luke Hughes, and a triple from Deacon Burns, with Landon Burt and Tarrence Patterson advancing on errors.
   It just wasn't enough.
   Acosta was the only Astro with a multi-hit game, while he and Einertson had two ribbies.
   Anthony DeWitt and Enyelbert Soto wound things down for Greeneville from the mound with two strikeouts apiece.
   Tonight, the Twins host the Astros again with Wal-Mart's Kid Baseball Carnival for the youngsters. Kids 12 and under can get into the game for a quarter, while coaches and players can get in free.
   There will be clowns, snow cones, face painting and games.
   Saturday, Elizabethton hosts former New York legend and current manager Mookie Wilson and his Kingsport Mets in their first battle of the season.