Actually, Meatloaf (and he changed his legal name to Meatloaf, so he has that going for him) is a singer, and had a hit titled "Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad." That was exactly what the RockHounds did in their just-concluded home stand, taking two-out-of-three from the Tulsa Drillers and, while their bid for a sweep fell short against Springfield, the 'Hounds took two-out-of-three from the Cardinals as well.
An unearned run was the different Sunday in the Cardinals' 3-2 win. Springfield loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth against starter Drew Carpenter. Cardinals' catcher Cody Stanley lined into a "6-4" double play against reliever Blake Hassebrock, but Jefry Marte was then slow in handling a chopper to third base off the bat of Starlin Rodriguez, and his ensuing throw to second was wide. Instead of an inning-ending force out, the error allowed a run to score, and it would provide the final margin of victory.
The 'Hounds tied the game at 1-1 in the fourth on a Marte single and Max Muncy's triple to deep center field, and Vinnie Catricala ripped a solo home run over the left field wall in the ninth to make the final 3-2.
Kibbles & Bits
- Conner Crumbliss has now reached base in 35-of-his-last-37 games and in 16-of-his-last-21 trips to the plate. Going back to his last plate appearance Wednesday (against Tulsa), Conner is 8-for-13 plus seven walks and a hit by pitch. After opening the season at Triple-A, and despite playing in only 60-percent of the 'Hounds' 125 games, Crumbliss is fifth in the Texas League with 62 walks and third in on-base percentage (.422). He has also raised his average to .291, tied with teammate D'Arby Myers (see below) for fifth in the batting race.
- While Jefry Marte's error proved critical, he was outstanding, again, at the plate. Marte went 2-for-4 and scored a run Sunday, and was a combined 7-for-11, with two doubles, three runs and four RBI in the last three games of the home stand.
- D'Arby Myers had the night off, and will take his 25-game hit streak into Tuesday's series opener at Corpus Christi. The streak is the fifth-longest in professional baseball in 2013.
- Drew Carpenter turned in a solid performance in his second start with the RockHounds. The former Major Leaguer, who signed with Oakland in early August, pitched into the sixth inning, allowing two runs (one earned) on five hits and one walk, striking out four.
- Monday is the final off day on the Texas League schedule, and will be followed by a seven-game road trip and a season-ending seven-game home stand. The 'Hounds will travel to Corpus Christi (Tuesday through Friday, August 20-23) and Frisco (August 24-26) before returning home Tuesday, August 27.
WP: Jonathan Cornelius (5-6, 5.02)
LP: Drew Carpenter (0-1, 1.56)
SV: Lee Stoppelman (4, 1.46)
HR: Vinnie Catricala (3) - Solo in the 9th (off Lee Stoppelman)
vs. Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros' AA Affiliate)
Tuesday, August 20 - 7:05 p.m. (Radio at 7:00 p.m.)
Whataburger Field - Corpus Christi, TX
RockHounds: (RH) Murphy Smith - (8-8, 3.69)
Corpus Christi: (RH) Nick Tropeano - (6-9, 4.32)