Tuesday, August 25, 2009
(Last modified: 2009-08-25 11:46:10)
Source: The Greeneville Sun
BY WAYNE PHILLIPS
What is probably the longest game in Greeneville Astros history was played Monday night at Pioneer Park, and the final outcome was not pleasant to the home team or the number of fans who watched for almost four and a half hours.
The Elizabethton Twins erupted for seven runs in the top of the 15th inning to beat the Astros 12-5. The three-game series ends tonight (7 p.m. start) and it will be the final chance this year for Greeneville to beat the Twins.
It looked like that elusive first win might come on Monday. Greeneville held a 5-0 lead through six innings, thanks to the masterful pitching of starter Jose Cisnero, who held the high-powered Twins offense to only two hits through six frames.
But it was the same old song with what seems like the hundredth verse this year as the Astros bullpen couldn't hold up. Elizabethton battled back with three runs in the seventh off reliever Murillo Gouvea, then they tied things up 5-5 when Tobias Streich hammered a two-run homer in the top of the ninth.
Greeneville got two runners on base in the bottom of the ninth with two walks, but Tony Davis came on in relief of Dakota Watts for the Twins and got pinch hitter Ben Orloff to pop up to shortstop to end the threat and extend the game.
And extend it, it did.
The teams kept battling. Greeneville got Grant Hogue to lead off the bottom of the 12th with a walk and he moved down to second on a bunt. Walks to Jiovanni Mier and Jonathan Meyer later loaded the bases, but Wilton Infante flied to right to end the inning.
Elizabethton finally got the bats working in the 15th and scored seven times. Chris Herrman's double plated two. Streich's double got two more home. Josmil Pinto had an RBI hit, as did Daniel Rohlfling.
Greeneville started out great with two runs in the first off Aaron Bray's two-run single. They tacked on one more in the fourth on Infante's solo homer. The Astros made it 5-0 in the bottom of the sixth when Jonathan Meyer banged a triple to the gap in left-center that scored two runs.
But that would be all the scoring for the Astros and Elizabethton rallied back. Paul-Michael Klingsberg whacked a three-run homer in the seventh to close the gap to 5-3. Then Streich came up with his game-tying homer in the ninth.
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