DANVILLE, Va. - In the opening game of both a three-game series and an eight-game homestand, the Danville Braves earned an exciting 4-3 win over the Elizabethton Twins on Brandon Parker's RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning in front of 2,294 fans Thursday night.
Danville held the lead from the first inning until the Twins tied it at 3 in the eighth inning. Justin Yeager came in with the bases loaded and two outs in the eighth inning and got the final out to end the Elizabethton threat. After an empty ninth frame for the Twins, Parker delivered the winning hit in the bottom half of the inning.
Parker finished 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles to lead the D-Braves, who also got two hits from Juan Morales and Jose Palma. Lisandro Santos pitched five shutout innings as the starting pitcher to lower his ERA to 1.32 in three starts with Danville. Santos and the Danville staff stranded 16 Elizabethton baserunners, a single-game opponent high this year.
The home side got off to an early lead in the first inning, as Palma reached second on a throwing error to leadoff the game. Three batters later, Connor Blair knocked Palma in with an RBI single for the 1-0 lead.
In the second, third and fourth innings both teams put runners on base but nobody would truly threaten until the fifth inning. Elizabethton loaded the bases with one out, but Santos got two batters to pop out to end the danger. In the bottom half of the frame, two singles and a stolen base put runners on the corners and no outs for Parker, who delivered an RBI single to extend the lead to 2-0. Beau Philip followed up by grounding into a double play but Palma scored during the play to make it 3-0.
The Twins finally got a run on the board in the sixth inning with a solo home run. Danville put runners on second and third with one out in the seventh but stranded them. The Twins then tied the ballgame in the eighth with an RBI single and a sacrifice fly. With two outs, a walk and a hit batsman loaded the bases against Albinson Volquez, prompting Yeager to come in and retire the next batter with a groundout.
The Twins got two men on in the ninth but left them on the bases, giving Danville three outs to try and avoid going into extra innings. Mason Berne led off the inning with a single and Charles Reyes came in as a pinch runner. Reyes moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and Garrett Saunders walked to put two men on with one out. Palma grounded out next but advanced the runners, allowing Parker to come up with the infield single that won the game by knocking in Reyes.
The two clubs will meet again for the second game of the series on Friday night.
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