K-Mets stifle Elizabethton

By Wes Holtsclaw
STAR STAFF
wholtsclaw@starhq.com

   The best crowd of the season, up to this point, scattered out of Joe O'Brien Field as fast as the rains came.
   After an hour and fifty-minute rain delay, action resumed, but it wasn't a good thing for the Elizabethton Twins.
   Elizabethton, coming off a come-from-behind win against the Greeneville Astros on Friday, couldn't connect with the baseball Saturday night, much to the advantage of the Kingsport Mets.
   The Mets got three home runs offensively, with often slower but consistent pitching on the mound to shut down the home squad with an 8-0 victory.
   Kingsport led 4-0 once the rain delay took affect in the bottom of the third inning and was held scoreless until Josh Wyrick walked and scored when Jesus Gamero was hit by a pitch.
   The bleeding didn't stop for Elizabethton, as league-leading RBI machine Seth Pietsch delivered a three-run shot in the ninth to seal things for the visitors.
   "I was kind of worried (about the rain delay)," said Kingsport manager and New York Mets legend Mookie Wilson. "I've seen a lot of crazy things happen in the minors. But these guys came back and did a good job."
   Jeff Brewer took the win on the mound for Kingsport after replacing successful starter German Marte after the delay. Marte allowed two hits with three strikeouts before Brewer struck out eight in his five innings of work.
   "Brewer's been throwing well for us," Wilson said. "He had an arm injury last year, but he has done a good job of coming back for us."
   "We weren't amounting much of a threat to their first guy," said Twins manager Ray Smith. "Their good pitching was upsetting our timing and keeping us off balanced. I was kind of glad to see him out (after the delay), but the other guy did the same thing.
   "We had a hard time putting swings on it," he said. "If our hitters hope to progress down the road, they better get some work."
   Matthew Fox didn't come out with his best stuff for Elizabethton, giving up two home runs in the second inning to take the loss on the mound.
   John Williams, in three innings of relief, struck out five and was the only Twins pitcher without a run scored.
   Of Elizabethton's four hits, three were singles. Deacon Burns, David Winfree and Trevor Plouffe got the one-baggers, while Javier Sanchez doubled without scoring in the seventh.
   Elizabethton only had two runners on base at one time, that coming in the ninth with two outs when Sanchez walked and Winfree advanced on an error before a follow-up out to Johnny Woodard to end the game.
   Russ Triplett singled in the first for Kingsport before two grabs in the field by Burns ended their cause.
   On Fox's next pitch in the second inning, Jesus Gamaro hit the top of the pole in right field, which counted as a solo shot.
   Jabe Bergeron then took base on an error by Plouffe and Josh Peterson walked to set up a three-run jack from Marcos Cabral that cleared the fence in left-centerfield.
   "We had the nice breeze and took advantage of it," said the Kingsport manager, Wilson .
   Gamaro and Bergeron each added singles in the middle of the game, while Carlos Gomez had a double for the visiting Mets.
   Triplett singled before a Gomez walk to set up Pietsch's shot in the ninth inning. It proved to be the downer for the Twins.
   Triplett led Kingsport with three hits, whereas Gamero had two.
   Elizabethton continues play at home tonight against the Mets for Church Bulletin night. It's also team photo night, where each of the fans in attendance get a free team photo.
   There were 1,551 in attendance Saturday night.
   Friday's Game
   Elizabethton 4
   Greeneville 3
   According to Twins' official scorekeeper Bill Crow and announcer Tom Banks, the Greeneville Astros had Friday night's game in the bag, until the ninth inning.
   Trailing 3-0, Elizabethton's chances didn't look that good against one of the league's best relief pitchers Enyelbert Soto. But it didn't matter.
   Javier Lopez took flight to open the inning with a solo shot to left field. Patrick Ortiz followed with a single, moving to second and third on back-to-back balks.
   It set up an RBI double for Jay Yaconetti, who came across the plate when a Plouffe single drove in the game winner.
   "It's like I've said before, you've got to play all nine innings hard," added Twins manager Smith. "You always have to have a hit plan. The guys did well and were playing at a pretty good level of intensity."
   "They had been affective against the lefty (Soto) before and they put up a couple of clutch hits and won."
   Elizabethton's other run came in the sixth on a solo home run from Deacon Burns.
   Kyle Aselton took the win for Elizabethton with 1.2 innings of work with two strikeouts, while Soto claimed the loss.
   Greeneville scored each of their runs at different spots.
   Waladamir Sutil singled and scored on a Ole Sheldon single in the fourth, Mitch Einertson cranked a solo shot into left in the seventh and Jordan Parraz walked and scored on an error by Luke Hughes.
   Alexander Smit started for Elizabethton, giving up four hits and one run with nine strikeouts, before Evan Meek relieved him for an inning of work.
   The Astros saw Cliff Davis strike out five in his 5.2 innings before Anthony Adler and Soto wound things up.
   Both Burns and Javier Sanchez had two hits apiece for the Twins in Friday's encounter.