A scoreless pitchers duel was broken in the bottom of the sixth on Friday night at Joe O’Brien Field by an unlikely source — a home run off the bat of shortstop Ryan Walker.
Walker crushed a 3-2 pitch over the fence in right field onto the roof of the adjacent building against Princeton reliever Clayton Crum to give the Elizabethton Twins the lead. The bats broke out for real in a seven-run eighth as the Twins topped the Rays 8-0 for a sweep of the three game series.
“I think it was a fastball, but it happened so fast,” Walker said. “I was just trying to make contact and it ended up going out I guess. It’s a good feeling, but not my norm. I’m just trying to play my game and show what I can do.”
Venezuelan right hander Yorman Landa for ’Betsy and Jacob Faria for the Rays both were dominating through five innings of shutout ball.