With three pitchers combing on a three-hitter, Bristol blanked the Twins 4-0 in an Appalachian League baseball contest Saturday night.
It was the first loss in five games this season for Elizabethton, which failed to make a dent versus Colin Selby (3 innings pitched), Yeudry Manzanillo (5) and Leandro Pina (1). The trio produced seven strikeouts against one walk, with Manzanillo (1-0) gaining the decision.
Batting sixth in the Twins’ order, left fielder Lean Marrerro went 2 for 3. Leadoff man DaShawn Keirsey had the only other hit for Elizabethton, a 19-5 winner the previous night.
The Pirates registered the only run they needed when Mason Martin swatted a solo home run in the fourth inning. Martin wasn’t done, however, adding a two-run roundtripper in Bristol’s three-run sixth.
Jonah Davis led off the Bristol sixth with a single, setting up Victor Ngoepe for an RBI triple. Martin then stepped to the plate and went deep, doubling the Pirates’ advantage.
Going 2 for 3, scoring twice and drawing a walk, Martin was the lone Bristol player with multiple hits or runs.
Yielding one run on two hits over 3 2/3 innings, Twins starter Brian Rapp (0-1) struck out five batters and walked a pair. Moises Gomez was touched for three runs in 2 1/3 innings before Juan Gamez closed with two scoreless innings.
Gomez and Gamaz each amassed four strikeouts, giving Elizabethton 13 as a team.
The two clubs close their three-game series today in Bristol. Action is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.