RockHounds Avoid Sweep With Late Rally

By Bob Hards / Midland RockHounds | April 30, 2018 4:11 PM ET

For six innings Monday morning and afternoon at Nelson Wolff Stadium, the RockHounds were being no-hit by left-hander Jerry Keel.

 

In the top of the seventh, J.P. Sportman broke up the no-hit bid with a line drive to center and scored on Sean Murphy's two-out single to left, cutting San Antonio's lead to 3-1.

 

In the top of the eighth, Seth Brown's two-out single was followed by Mikey White's game-tying, two-run home run to left (see below).

 

Video: Midland's White III ties game with two-run shot

 

The 'Hounds then scored the winning run without benefit of a hit in the top of the ninth. Reliever Rowan Wick walked Brett Vertigan and Eli White to open the inning, with Sean Murphy's sac bunt pushing both runners into scoring position. Brett Siddall was intentionally walked, and manager Scott Steinmann brought in Tyler Ramirez to pinch hit for Tyler Marincov (getting a left-handed hitter against the right-handed Wick). Ramirez drew the fourth walk of the inning on a 3-2 pitch that just missed, bringing the game-winning home.

 

RockHounds pitching struck out a team season high 14 batters. Starter Jesus Luzardo (who went the first five innings) fanned seven … J.B. Wedelken whiffed five of the six batters he faced ,,, and Sam Bragg had a pair of K's over the eighth and ninth, earning the win. Wendelken and Bragg combined for four near-perfect innings. Josh Naylor, the only batter to put the ball in play against Wendelken, singled to right but was thrown out (by Tyler Marincov) trying to stretch the hit into a double.

 

San Antonio built an early lead on Kyle Overstreet's two-run home run in the second, adding an unearned run in the third.

 

The win was the RockHounds' first in the four-game series, giving the club a 3-5 mark on the now-concluded road trip and a 13-11 mark for the season entering a four-game series (and homestand) against the division-leading Corpus Christi Hooks (see below).

 

 

Notables                                                                                                                                         

Brett Vertigan has reached base in 10 straight games (9-31, .290), with 10 walks and a hit by pitch (a .476 OBP).

 

Great timing: Mikey White's game-tying (two-run) homer run in the eighth broke a 6-for-45 slump (22 strikeouts). The runs batted in were Mikey's team-leading 16th and 17th of the season.

 

Austin Allen and River Stevens have been remarkably … if not ridiculously … good against the RockHounds:

 

- Allen is 16-for-29 (.552) in seven games versus the RockHounds, with eight doubles, three home runs and seven RBI (he's slugging 1.138). At one point, Allen reached base in nine consecutive plate appearances in this series, going a remarkable 7-for-7 (two walks) with five doubles (four of them in succession) and a home run.

 

- Stevens' "tale of two seasons" continued Monday. Against Frisco, Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas, Stevens is 2-for-21 (.095) with one home run and two RBI. In seven games against the 'Hounds, he is 11-for-28 (.393) with a double, triple, home run and 11 RBI.

 

Completely Useless but Kinda Cool Stat                                                                              

The 'Hounds had only four assists Monday, one of those from right fielder Tyler Marincov.

 

The RockHounds' last two Sundays in late April at San Antonio have been, shall we say, rough.

 

Sunday, April 29, 2018 - - The 'Hounds fall to the Missions, 14-0.

Sunday, April 30, 2017 - - The Missions, trailing, 10-1, score TEN runs in the bottom of the seventh for an 11-10 win. The victory was the launching pad for San Antonio's run to the first half title in the Texas League South.   The Missions, who went on to post the best overall record in the TL (78-62) were 9-13 and in the verge of losing their sixth straight game before the remarkable 10-run inning.

 

Next Game                                            

Tuesday, May 1   vs. Corpus Christi Hooks

Security Bank Ballpark        6:30 p.m. (Gates open at 6:00)

- Radio: NewsTalk 550 with Bob Hards ... airtime 6:15 p.m.

 

Probable Starters         

CC:                    Brock Dykxhoorn (RH, 2-0, 1.53)

RH:                    Ben Bracewell       (RH, 1-3, 4.82)

 

at Security Bank Ballpark            vs. Corpus Christi Hooks

Tuesday         May 1 AFLAC Night

Wednesday   May 2 Safety Awareness / Kids Day (11 a.m.)

Thursday       May 3 Thirsty Thursday

Friday    May 4          Fireworks

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

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