There could have been no more fitting an end to the season series between the RockHounds and Corpus Christi than what transpired Friday night at Whataburger Field. The Hooks erased a 3-1 deficit and "walked off" with a 4-3 win on Erik Castro's bases-loaded single in the ninth.
The Hooks were the RockHounds baseball "Waterloo" in 2013, as the clubs completed their season series with Corpus Christi winning 23-of-32 games. The RockHounds finished 9-23 against the Hooks and are 47-51 against the rest of the league (with 10 games remaining).
In addition, the four games in the series at Corpus Christi were decided by a total of five runs.
On element of suspense missing from the game was D'Arby Myers' hit streak, but that drama will continue in Frisco (see below).
The RockHounds took a 3-1 lead in the fifth with a Chad Oberacker walk and a Vinnie Catricala single setting the table. Conner Crumbliss drove in two with a single to left and scored the inning's third run on Jefry Marte's RBI single (see "Kibbles & Bits," below). All three 'Hounds runs came at the expense of Houston Astros' prospect Mike Foltynewicz.
Corpus rallied back on a sixth-inning solo home run from Matt Duffy and tied the game when Ronny Torreyes doubled leading off the seventh and later scored on a wild pitch. Jeff Urlaub, very uncharacteristically, walked three batters (one of them intentionally) in the ninth before Castro's walk-off single up the middle. Entering the game, Urlaub had walked just 10 batters all season.
Kibbles & Bits
- D'Arby Myers hit streak of 28 consecutive games remains intact entering the series at Frisco, as he was a late scratch from Friday's line-up Friday night. The streak is the longest In professional baseball in 2013. In the 28-gamer, D'Arby is hitting .371 (43-116), and is tied for fifth (with Conner Crumbliss) in the Texas League with a .290 average (former RockHound Anthony Aliotti leads the league at .350).
- Jefry Marte has hit in nine consecutive games, and is batting over .500 in the streak (18-35, .514). The 'Hounds' third baseman has also hit in 15-of-his-last-18 games, going 24-for-63 (.381).
- Conner Crumbliss has reached base in 39-of-his-last-41 games and has hit in nine-of-his-last-ten games (16-39, .410). Despite playing in only 82 of the 'Hounds' 130 games (he opened the season at Triple-A), Conner is fifth in the Texas League with 63 walks … third in on-base percentage (.416) … and is tied (with D'Arby Myers) for fifth in the league batting race at .290.
- The RockHounds conclude their final road trip of the year with a three-game series at Frisco. The clubs play Saturday and Monday at 7:05 p.m. and Sunday at 6:05 p.m. The 'Hounds then close the 2013 season with a seven-game home stand beginning Tuesday, August 27, and running through Labor Day (Monday, September 2).
WP: Jonas Dufek (6-0, 0.55)
LP: Jeff Urlaub (2-2, 3.86)
HR: Corpus Christi - Matt Duffy (4) Solo in the 6th (off Blake Hassebrock)
vs. Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers' AA Affiliate)
Saturday, August 24 - 7:05 p.m. (Radio at 7:00 p.m.)
Dr Pepper Ballpark - Frisco, TX
RockHounds: (RH) Drew Carpenter (0-1, 2.00)
Frisco: (RH) Arlett Mavare (3-2, 4.60)