Kaprielian Shines in RockHounds Third Straight Win

(Danne' Braden)

By Bob Hards / Midland RockHounds | August 10, 2019 11:39 PM

RockHounds 4, Corpus Christi Hooks 1

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Security Bank Ballpark

 

Mikey White's two-run single and four scoreless innings from James Kaprielian led a (very) strong overall team performance as the RockHounds won their third straight, 4-1, over the Corpus Christi Hooks Saturday night at Security Bank Ballpark.

 

The 'Hounds took the lead scoring three times against Forrest Whitley, the Houston Astros' # 2 prospect, in the fourth inning, Taylor Motter was hit by a pitch and Dan Gamache followed with a single. Whitley got the next two batters (left fielder Bryan De La Cruz made a tremendous, running catch to take extra bases away from Collin Theroux) but Cooper Goldby and Chase Calabuig drew walks, the latter with the bases loaded, to tie the game at 1-1. White followed with a sharp single up the middle, scoring Gamache and Goldby.

 

Mickey McDonald walked to open the 'Hounds eighth and Goldby and Calabuig (RBI) followed with consecutive singles for an insurance run.

 

Kaprielian (see below) allowed one hit, one walk and hit one batter over four scoreless innings in relief of Daulton Jefferies for the win with   Wandisson Charles (hold) and Jesus Zambrano (save) closing the door with scoreless frames in the eighth and ninth, respectively.

 

Notables

Frisco and Amarillo were still underway at this writing after being delayed by a power outage at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.

 

The RockHounds had only five hits Saturday, yet every batter in the lineup reached base and six different hitters scored or drive in a run (Mikey White and Chase Calabuig each drove in two).

 

The first six games of the RockHounds homestand have been decided by a total of nine runs.

 

Since returning from the Injured List on August 1, Mikey White has hit in 7-of-8 games (11-34, .324), with three doubles and four RBI.

 

Cooper Goldby has hit in three straight games (3-for-7) plus four walks (on base in 7-of-11 trips to the plate).

 

In his last three appearances, James Kaprielian has allowed two runs in 11.0 innings (a 1.64 ERA).

 

Jesus Zambrano lowered his ERA to 1.46 in 22 appearances with the RockHounds while earning his fourth save in as many opportunities.

 

Next Game

Sunday, August 11     vs. Corpus Christi Hooks

Security Bank Ballpark           2:00 p.m. (Gates open 1:30)

Family Day  

- Final of a four-game series and of a seven-game homestand

- Radio: NewsTalk 550 with Bob Hards ... airtime 1:47 p.m.

 

Probable Starters    

CC:                 Bryan Abreu (RH,    6-2, 4.75)

RH:                 James Naile   (RH,    6-6, 5.94)

 

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

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