The Elizabethton Twins (20-13) beat the Pulaski Yankees (21-11) by a 9-3 score on Tuesday night at Calfee Park.
The Twins were led by Shane Carrier and Kolton Kendrick who both picked up two hits and homered. Elizabethton starter Moises Gomez (3-1) picked up the win. He gave up two earned runs in 5.2 innings of work while walking and striking out five hitters.
Yankees starting pitcher Alexander Vizcaino (2-2) was saddled with the loss. In three innings pitched he gave up three earned runs on three hits. The lone bright spot for the pinstripers was Eric Wagaman who finished two for two with an RBI.
The Twins struck first in the top of the 2nd. Carrier and Kendrick opened the frame with back to back singles and Andrew Bechtold walked to load the bases. Mark Contreras sent a deep fly to center that allowed Carrier to trot home and give the Twins a 1-0 edge.
Robert Molina sent a double high off the right field wall that chased home Kendrick to make it 2-0. Matt Albanese capped the Twins three run frame with a sac fly RBI that scored Bechtold.
The Yankees got on the board in the bottom of the 4th. Andres Chaparro and Dermis Garcia walked to put runners on 1st and 2nd. Wagaman followed with a bouncing single up the middle to load the bases with only one out. Brayan Emery came through with a single up the box that scored Chaparro and Garcia to cut the Yankees deficit to 3-2.
The Twins tacked on four runs in the top of the 5th. Leadoff hitter Akil Baddoo led off with a triple and came around to score on a sac fly from Jose Miranda. Carrier belted a two run bomb over the right field wall and Kendrick followed with a solo shot to make the score 7-2.
Elizabethton added two more in the top of the 8th on a bases loaded bloop single by Baddoo that scored Contreras and Molina.
The Yankees loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the 8th. Wagaman singled into left to score Saul Torres and make the score 9-3. Wagaman’s base hit ended the night of Twins reliever Juan Gamez. Ricky Ramirez came on and recorded the final two outs of the inning.
Ramirez stayed on to seal the Twins 9-3 victory in the 9th. The Twins and Yankees will square off in the series finale on Wednesday night. First pitch is set for 7pm.