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Elizabethton completes home sweep of Kingsport

Tanner Cook • Jul 7, 2019 at 12:56 AM

ELIZABETHTON — A sweet Saturday night was what 817 fans enjoyed at Northeast Community Credit Union Ballpark as the Elizabethton Twins beat Kingsport 5-3 to complete a three-game sweep.

Not much scoring came after the fifth inning, but a double high off the left-field wall by Yeremi De La Cruz that scored Trevor Jensen from second was the dagger.

Elizabethton pitcher Cody Lawyerson tossed five innings in relief of Erik Cha and earned the save. Cha — in the game for only a short four-out appearance — earned the win, which was his third.

Hector Rodriguez was tagged with the loss for Kingsport (7-11), his first of the year. The spiraling Mets have now lost six consecutive contests and are still leading the Appalachian League in strikeouts as a team. Their first-through-seventh batters were a combined 1-for-27 on Saturday night.

With the win and two Johnson City losses, the Twins (10-8) moved to within a half game of the division lead — along with the Bristol Pirates.

GETTING ON THE BOARD

The E-Twins struck first in the bottom of the second.

Ruben Santana hit a stand-up triple to the gap in between center and left. Willie Joe Garry Jr.’s groundout to second base brought in Santana.

TROUBLE IN THE FIELD

The Twins had three errors in the first four innings, including a pair in the fourth. Elizabethton pitcher Ryan Shreve lasted 3⅔ innings. He started out strong, striking out four of the first six batters he faced.

Shreve allowed three hits and three runs, one unearned.

Kingsport’s two-run third inning consisted of a Kennie Taylor sacrifice fly and a RBI groundout to shortstop by Francisco Alvarez.

TWINS RALLY

With a little help from Kingsport, Elizabethton got its act together in the bottom of the fourth to tie the ballgame at three.

Santana reached on a hit-by-pitch and Garry Jr. singled to get the tying run on base. After new Mets pitcher Rodriguez balked and moved both runners up, he threw a wild pitch to the back stop — scoring Santana and advancing Garry Jr. to third.

Spencer Steer came up next and hit a deep fly ball to left field that wound up being a sacrifice fly to score Garry Jr.

GETTING THE CALL

Elizabethton catcher Alex Isola got the call up to Class A Cedar Rapids on Saturday morning. Isola was effective on defense, and he hit his first home run of the season on Friday against the Mets. He had been hitting .400 with eight runs batted in since joining the Elizabethton club.

UP NEXT

Elizabethton welcomes Johnson City on Sunday for the front end of a two-game, home-and-home series with the Cardinals. The contest at NCCU Ballpark begins at 5 p.m.

Kingsport plays Greeneville on the road Sunday and Monday before heading back to Hunter Wright Stadium for a long home stand beginning with Princeton on Wednesday.

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