Astros take series from division leading Twins
ELIZABETHTON — The Greeneville Astros, who are currently holding onto second place in the Appalachian League West, defeated the division-leading Elizabethton Twins, 5-1, on Wednesday night at Joe O’Brien Field. With the win, their sixth in their last seven games, the Astros took the series and moved within 2.5 games of Elizabethton in the standings.
Early on, the Astros (21-19) got off to a fast start. Jason Martin led off the game in the first inning with a single, stole second, and scored on a Jacob Nottingham RBI single to put the Astros on top, 1-0.
In the bottom of the first, the Astros got out of a jam that could have been costly. The Twins (23-16) had loaded the bases on three walks and there was just one out. Then, Astros’ right-hander Devonte German got Elizabethton’s Trey Vavra to ground into an inning-ending double play to escape with no damage done.
German went on to give up just one hit over four scoreless innings with four walks and four strikeouts. At the time of his departure, the Astros held a 5-0 advantage.
The Astros used a three-run second inning to get the bulk of their lead. Hector Roa, who went three-for-four on the night, led off with a single to start the inning. Then, following a walk from Luis Reynoso, Roa scored from second on a Jeffry Santos RBI double. Next, with Jason Martin batting, Reynoso scored on a wild pitch. Finally, Santos made his way home on a sacrifice fly by Martin to give the Astros a 4-0 lead.
In the fourth, Roa once again led off the inning with a hit. This time it was a double into left field. The next batter, Reynoso, drove him home on a RBI single to right field to give the Astros a five-run lead.
The Twins finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the sixth inning. With two outs, Tyler Mautner drove in a run on his league-best 11th double of the season. However, the Astros held the Twins to just one more hit the rest of the way as they won their second straight road game and fifth out of their last six away from home.
Astros’ reliever Agapito Barrios (3-0) came in to start the fifth inning and went the next four on his way to getting the win, giving up one run on two hits with four strikeouts along the way. Then, Jorge Perez closed the game in the ninth with no hits, one walk and two strikeouts.
The Astros return home to Pioneer Park tonight to begin a key three-game series against the Johnson City Cardinals (18-19). Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.
-From Contributed Reports