Twins saved by rain   


Photo By Kristen Luther
Alexander Smit started his last game for the Twins last night in a rain suspended game. Smit will be the starting pitcher for the Dutch National Team in Athens, Greece.

By Wes Holtsclaw
star staff
wholtsclaw@starhq.com

  Here comes the rain again.
  Luckily for the Elizabethton Twins, Sunday night's game against the Bristol White Sox was rained out.
  Being the last game with Bristol on the schedule, the game will be erased from the schedule with no way of making things up.
  That's good news for the 'Betsy Bombers' who are in the middle of a division race with the Johnson City Cardinals, because they were getting spanked 8-0 going into the bottom of the third inning.
  The game was called at 9:13 p.m.
  Johnson City and Kingsport's Sunday night battle was also postponed before press time, keeping Elizabethton atop the West Division standings by a half game going into their eight-game road stretch at Danville, Burlington and Greeneville to end July and open August.
  In his last start before heading to the Olympic Games in Athens, Twins left-handed thrower Alexander Smit was bombarded before leaving the game in the third inning.
  The bad outing will not show up on Smit's record as he heads to the Netherlands to train with his National team.
  The BriSox scored four runs a piece in the first and third innings. Jeff Schmidt and Francisco Hernandez each had two RBI singles after their third offensive stanza to lead the squad.
  Elizabethton was held hitless by Bristol pitcher James Casey through two innings. Only Jeremy Pickrel and Heath Anderson took a base via a walk and fielder's choice respectively.
  Jeudy Santana, Manuel Rodriguez, Dustin Shafer and Gilbert Alcantaro also helped provide runs from their bats in the short-lived game for the Sox.
  Twins manager Ray Smith didn't get the chance to tie Fred Waters as the Appalachian League's all-time winningest short season manager last night, but will get that chance on the road.
  It's a safe bet that Smith will take the top spot on that list with his overall record of 423-286.
  The Twins' next local game will be on the road against the Astros on August 1st after a six-game home stretch against Danville and Bluefield.
  Elizabethton's next home game on August 3rd will mark the Joe O'Brien Field return of the Blues Brothers.