ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. —
Bluefield’s Jeremy Gabryszwski and Taylor Rogers of Elizabethton had quite a duel on Saturday, leaving the mound at Joe O’Brien Field with a scoreless game to show for it.
Then their relievers presided while the Twins pulled out a 4-0 win.
In six innings, Rogers struck out seven and allowed Bluefield’s only two hits, retiring 13 straight batters in the course of the game. Gabryszwski produced four strikeouts and gave up four hits in five frames. Both allowed one walk.
In the fifth, Matt Dean of Bluefield (9-14) banged a two-out double and reached third on a passed ball, but was stuck there on Nico Taylor’s groundout to end the half-inning.
In the Twins’ half, Romy Jimenez doubled to center field and Travis Harrison tried to score from first base, but Dwight Smith’s throw, relayed by Dickie Joe Thon, arrived in Santiago Nessy’s glove in time to tag Harrison at home plate.
The Twins (17-8) got their first run in the next stanza, after Griffin Murphy replaced Gabryszwski. Jorge Polanco doubled to right and scored on a two-out throwing error by Dean. Murphy then induced four straight outs and gave way to Justin James to pitch the eighth.
Elizabethton got its other three runs in that stanza. One scored on a throwing error by Nessy and the others reached the plate courtesy of a triple by Max Kepler. Julio Carmona took over for James and gave up no hits or runs, striking out two.
Mason Melotakis closed it out for the Twins on the mound, recording three straight outs — the last two by swinging strikeouts — in a game that ended after 2 hours, 8 minutes.
Rogers (1-1) took the win and lowered his ERA to 1.88. Kepler was 3 for 4 with a single, double and triple. Murphy (1-2) took the loss after giving up one unearned run.
The series is scheduled to continue today and Monday. Bluefield hosts Princeton in the first games of the Mercer Cup Series on Tuesday through Thursday.
At Joe O’Brien Field
Bluefield...........000 000 000 — 0 2 2
Elizabethton.....000 001 03x — 4 7 0
Jeremy Gabryszwski, Griffin Murphy (6), Justin James (8), Julio Carmona (8) and Santiago Nessy. Taylor Rogers, J.T. Chargois (7), Mason Melotakis (9) and Bo Altobelli. WP – Rogers. LP – Murphy. HR – none. Att – 987.