E-Twins rebuff Bluefield


Asst. Sports Editor


  The fans needed a coat, scarf and gloves to withstand the unusually cold weather conditions on Friday night, but the Elizabethton Twins withstood the Bluefield Orioles 6-4 at Joe O'Brien Field.
  "We are getting back into the swing of things," centerfielder Terrance Patterson said after coming off a three-game loss to Danville this week. "I think we can get back into the top where Johnson City is."
  Both teams stood at an offensive freeze on the scoreboard until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Deacon Burns banked in a double deep into right field. Jeremy Pickrel then dropped a hit just over the shortstop's head for a single and Javier Sanchez was walked to load up the bases.
  David Winfree then rolled a grounder over to second which forced out Sanchez, but a throwing error allowed both Burns and Pickrel to score, and Winfree to reach to second. Both Johnny Woodard and Javier Lopez flied out in the outfield to close the frame.
  The Orioles came back to tie it in the fifth. With one out, Angel Avila bunted to get on and then Joel Pacheco singled to the short stop after Trevor Plouffe dropped the throw. Jose Zapata singled for an RBI. Lorenzo Scott then knocked a grounder to second for an RBI and reached on a fielder choice, but a bad call to throw to third by Johnny Woodard allowed him to reach to second. Carlos Mendez was then out at first.
  The Twins took over the lead in the bottom of the fifth when Luke Hughes singled, then Patterson grounded out at the plate. Plouffe would get the free pass but Burns would fly out into center field, but Hughes made the advanced to third.
  Pickrel then had a single hit to right field for an RBI. Javier Sanchez would knock a grounder to between shortstop and third, but on an oversighted call, Plouffe was called out at home with about two feet of free space.
  Elizabethton notched in another one to make up for the call in the sixth when Lopez hit a home run over the right-field fence. Then Pickrel homered in the seventh way over the right-field board to bring himself and Patterson around for a 6-2 lead.
  The Orioles attempted a late rally in the top of the ninth but could only cut the lead by half.
  Juan Pascual (1-1) got his first win of the season, pitching an outstanding seven innings, allowing five hits, two runs and striking out seven. Jason Bowlin pitched the final two frames, allowing three hits, two runs and striking out two batters. Moises Hernandez took the loss, giving up seven hits in five frames.
  "The last couple of days I have been hitting well," right fielder Pickrel said about leading him leading his team in hitting, going 3-for-4. "It felt pretty good to get those hits. I am just trying to keep that going. Tonight we had a good outing with Shinskie and Bowlin in relief. We are going to try and keep that up and try and get back into that winning column."
  Hughes went 2-for-3 for the Twins. The Orioles were lead by Zapata and Avila, who both went 2-for-4.