O's thwart Twins

  star staff
  The Elizabethton Twins hit the ball well, but the Bluefield Orioles made sure they were in the way of everything.
  Bluefield used solid defense and two home runs from rightfielder Angel Avila to prevent a sweep with the 4-2 win at O'Brien Field Sunday night.
  "We hit some bullets in this game," said Twins manager Ray Smith. "Sometimes you can get some bloop shots and handle shots that will drop. But we had rockets up and down the line-up, they just caught them and they turned a couple of double plays. That comes with the territory.
  "We could've scored 12 runs tonight, but we had no dice with the guys on bases."
  Elizabethton tied the game in the fifth inning, but Avila went yard for a second time in the top of the sixth. The Baby Birds utilized an error and single to provide their final run.
  Winer Mendez was credited with the win after five innings of work, while Wilken Felix got the save in the later innings.
  Washington's Kyle Aselton was credited with the loss in his first start, only giving up the first two runs.
  "We were happy with Aselton in his first start. He gave us five innings and it was a 2-2 game when he left," Smith said. "Then the little guy (Avila), we had him 0-2 but didn't have a kill shot and he smoked one up in the lights off (relief pitcher Kevin) Culpepper."
  Dan Puente (third inning) and Henry Guererro (ninth) provided RBI singles for the Orioles along with Avila's shots, the first of which came in the fourth.
  Matt Tolbert and Landon Burt came across the plate for the Twins in the fifth. Deacon Burns and Jeremy Pickrel had a hit and fielder's choice, respectively, to secure the ribbies.
  Avila (3-for-4) and Guerrero (2-for-4) led the birds behind the plate, while Burt, Burns and Tolbert had two hits apiece for Elizabethton.
  Elizabethton is now tied with Greeneville atop the West Division standings going into its big three-game series at Johnson City, which is a half game back, beginning tonight at Cardinal Park.
  The lefty from Murfreesboro, John Williams, will get the opportunity to start tonight against the Cards.
  "We're going to run him out there and we hope we can get five (innings) out of him," said Smith. "They have a lot of lefties. We're going to play hard for nine innings and see what we can do"
  The Twins organization has high expectations for Farragut's Kyle Waldrop, who will possibly get the start in Tuesday's game as reported in Sunday's STAR.
  "He's a quality young man and we are anxious to see him," said Smith on Saturday. "He put up good numbers (in the Gulf Coast League) and he's a strike throwing machine. He'll get you in and out (of the field) in a hurry. He's excited to be here and we hope he'll fill one of those starting roles."
  Many of the local Twins fans were hoping to get Waldrop initially on the Elizabethton team. Of his 38 innings pitched in Florida, Waldrop left with a 1.42 ERA with 30 strikeouts and just four walks.