Twins rally to walk-off Reds in 11, 2-1

Greeneville's slim playoff hopes take hit on walk-off single by Arias

RHP Manuel Cachutt threw 2.2 innings of scoreless relief, but the Greeneville Reds were walked-off by the Elizabethton Twins, 2-1, in 11 innings on Wednesday night at Joe O'Brien Field. (Doug Gray / RedsMinorLeagues.com)

By Justin Rocke | August 22, 2018 10:27 PM

ELIZABETHTON, Tenn. -- Greeneville held a 1-0 lead going to the bottom of the ninth, but an RBI single from RF Jean Carlos Arias in that frame tied it and his run-scoring knock in the 11th won it, as the Elizabethton Twins walked-off the Reds, 2-1, on Wednesday night at Joe O'Brien Field.

With the loss, Greeneville falls to 26-35 on the season. Elizabethton's win keeps them four games up in the Western Division at 34-25 on the campaign.

The Reds controlled a one-run advantage heading to the bottom of the ninth, but DH Colton Burns (1-3, 2B, SO) started the frame with a double off the center-field wall. With the infield in expecting a bunt, Arias (3-5, 2 RBI) hit a dinker onto the shallow left-field grass for a base-hit. Pinch-runner Lean Marrero (0-0, R) came around to score from second, tying the game at one.

Both teams had opportunities to score with the automatic runner at second in the 10th but failed to do so. After Greeneville stranded the go-ahead run at third in the top of the 11th - courtesy fo back-to-back strikeouts - the Twins put the game to bed in the bottom half.

Following a sacrifice bunt by Marrero, Arias slapped a ball up-the-middle and past the drawn-in infield for a single. The runner from third scored without a play, giving Elizabethton a walk-off, 2-1, win.

After six scoreless innings to start the game, Greeneville scored their only run in the top of the seventh. 3B Claudio Finol (1-3, R, 2B, SO) hit a looping double down the right-field line to start the frame. The throw to second kicked off the 18-year-old and rolled back into the outfield, enabling him to advance to third. On a 0-2 pitch, RF Reniel Ozuna (0-3, RBI) hit a deep drive to right. The ball died in front of the fence, as Finol scored on the sacrifice fly.

RHP Jacob Blank (4.2 IP, H, BB, 5 SO) was marvelous in relief for the Twins. Entering with a man at first in the seventh, the 22-year-old hurled 4.2 scoreless innings of one-hit ball to earn his first professional victory. RHP Tyler Palm (6.1 IP, 4 H, R, ER, BB, 4 SO) worked into the seventh in a no-decision.

For Greeneville, RHP Miguel Medrano (5.0 IP, 2 H, 3 BB, 4 SO) did not have his best control - tying a season-high with three walks - but battled through five scoreless in a no-decision. LHP Jerry D'Andrea (0.1 IP, H, R) was the tough-luck loser - his third of the season - allowing the auto-runner to score in the final half-inning.

The Redlegs will look to salvage the final game of the series on Thursday night, as LHP Jacob Heatherly (1-4, 6.46 ERA) - Cincinnati's No. 19 prospect according to MLB.com - is expected to make the start. Elizabethton is projected to hand the ball to RHP Andrew Cabezas (1-3, 2.95 ERA).

The G-Reds Pre-Game Show will kick off the broadcast at 6:45 p.m. ET, leading up to the 7:00 p.m. ET start at Joe O'Brien Field. Thursday evening's contests can be heard on GreenevilleReds.com or via the TuneIn Radio and MiLB First Pitch apps. 

Following the road trip, the Reds will return home on Friday, August 24 for a contest against the Johnson City Cardinals. Fans are encouraged to arrive early and stay late, as the first 750 fans through the gates will receive a Scott Schebler Bobblehead and - after the final out - patrons can enjoy the final spectacular Firework Friday show of the 2018 season.

Single-game tickets are still available and can be purchased online at GreenevilleReds.com or by calling the Reds' Ticket Office at (423) 609-7400.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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