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Storm forces Twin-Reds' marathon game to be suspended

Gene Renfro • Jul 20, 2018 at 11:05 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The Greeneville Reds were up, the Elizabethton Twins threatened, but Mother Nature ended up winning Friday night

The Reds were leading 11-9 as the bottom of the ninth inning approached. The Twins’ Trevor Larnach and Trevor Casanova both reach safely. A pitching change prolonged activities then the rain and wind blew in.

The game was halted at that point. The determination of the finish was not known at press time. The Twins and Reds play two more series this season where the game can be completed.

Reds’ start red hot

Mike Siani reached on an error to start the offense as the first six batters reached safely. Included in that were RBIs from Rylan Thomas with a bases-loaded walk before an RBI single from Hunter Oliver and a two-run single off Brian Rey’s bat. Miguel Hernandez then delivered a two-run double to the left field fence. All that came off Carlos Suniaga who tossed 2/3 of an inning. Five of the six runs were   earned off four hits with three walks and a strikeout.

Twins get runs

Elizabethton cut into the margin in the second with a pair thanks to an RBI single from Yeltsin Encarnacion. That was after the Twins left the bases loaded in the first inning which turned into a trend. The Twins left a total of 16 runners on base up to the ninth which included the bases full in the first, second, fourth and seventh.

The eighth frame saw Elizabethton bring a potential go-ahead run to the plate. With two outs Lean Marrero and Yunior Severino singled before a two-run double by Encarnacion. Ryan Jeffers followed with a RBI single to bring Chris Williams to the plate who popped up to end the threat. Williams had walked in his previous five plate appearance.

Pitching Woes

Both pitching staffs combined for 23 walks as nine different pitchers took to the mound. The teams pounded out 28 hits with 15 for the Twins.

Home stand continues

Elizabethton welcome the Princeton Rays for a three-game series starting Saturday with a 6 p.m. contest with division leaders. The Rays are atop the Appalachian League East Division standings in a potential postseason preview. Princeton took two of the three games in the first meeting earlier this month.

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