Lady luck sides with Twins

  By Wes Holtsclaw
  star staff
  wholtsclaw@starhq.com
  JOHNSON CITY--Luck was on their side again.
  The Elizabethton Twins held the Johnson City Cardinals at bay late with the game on the line and made their own scattered runs pay off in a 3-2 victory last night at Cardinal Park.
  In his Elizabethton Twin debut, former Farragut standout Kyle Waldrop threw six complete innings allowing one run on six hits with six strikeouts.
  His starting competition, Matthew Scherer, went six and two-thirds innings for the Redbirds, dealing three runs on all of Elizabethton's eight hits with three dingers.
  "It was a quick, well-played game for rookie league ball," said Elizabethton manager Ray Smith. "Both pitchers were good and it was fun to watch Kyle. He was nervous with all his family and friends here. He's got the package and he'll get better than that."
  "I was pleased," said Waldrop. "I came out throwing pretty good. I missed some spots and there's obviously things you can improve on."
  The game balls have to go to the Elizabethton relief staff of Jonathan Martinez and Frank Mata who held Johnson City's strong line-up to one run in the final two innings. Mata struck out the side to secure the victory for the home team.
  Elizabethton opened the game in scoring fashion. Tarrence Patterson and Deacon Burns singled at the top of the first to set up an RBI liner from Jeremy Pickrel to take the initial lead.
  In their second offensive stanza, Jay Yaconetti delivered a crushing 450-foot shot over the right centerfield wall onto Spurrier Field at the neighboring Memorial Stadium.
  Johnson City found its initial success in the third with a double from Daniel Nelson, who eventually scored on an RBI single and an error from the bat Juan Lucena.
  Neither team found much offensive success due to strong pitching and solid defense, until the Twins' eighth inning offensive frame.
  Javier Lopez led off with a single and grabbed an insurance run on a Matt Tolbert double. Tolbert was thrown out on an infield grounder by Patterson, who wound his way to third on that play and a sacrificed fly by Trevor Plouffe.
  An error made things tough for the Twins in the eighth inning as the Cardinals closed the gap to one.
  Daniel Nelson opened the stanza with a double and scored when Plouffe let a ground ball roll through his legs. Jonathan Martinez did a good job working Johnson City out, setting up two grounders with his strikeout.
  Frank Mata closed the ninth for the Twins by striking out the side.
  Daniel Nelson led all batters with three hits for his Johnson City Cardinals, while Lucena contributed two. Eight Twins had singles with none earning a multiple hit game.
  The Twins extend their edge over the Cardinals going into tonight's final game in the series. David Shinskie gets the start for Elizabethton.