Thursday, the 'Hounds led from the start, building a 9-0 lead. Friday, the odds of the RockHounds scoring at all ... much less nine times ... seemed long. San Antonio left-hander Nathan Culp retired the first 10 batters he faced, three by strikeouts, and the Missions took a 2-0 lead.
In the fourth inning, Danny Putnam, Chris Carter and Tommy Everidge stroked back-to-back-to-back singles and the 'Hounds were on the scoreboard, trailing 2-1.
With the score 3-1 in the fifth, Josh Donaldson led off with a walk and Yung-Chi Chen followed with a one-out single. With two on and two out, Corey Wimberly and Danny Putnam changed the course of the game on consecutive swings. Wimberly ripped a two-run double and "Putt" wrapped a two-run home run around the left field foul pole. On those two swings, a 3-1 deficit became a 5-3 lead.
The RockHounds added a pair of insurance runs In sixth inning and two more in the seventh, but the "policy" wasn't necessary, thanks to a trio of relievers. Angel Garcia, Mike Benacka and James Heuser combined for 4.0 shutout, no-hit innings, walking one and striking out six.
Kristian Bell went 5.0 innings for the win. While he allowed 10 hits (two in each inning), Bell allowed just three runs (two earned), keeping the 'Hounds in the game despite Culp's early dominance.
Wimberly's double gives "Wheels" a 10-game hit streak, matching Adrian Cardenas for the team high streak, and Chris Carter extended a very impressive, eight-game streak. In the eight-gamer, Chris is 14-31 (.452) with 13 RBI. Everidge had a three-hit game and "T" has now hit in 13-of-14 games this season. Josh Horton is not yet back at shortstop, but went 2-for-4 in the DH role to extend his hit streak to five games and his on-base streak to nine.
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