While it was only number six of a 140-gameTexas League season, it's unlikely you'll see a more "complete" team performance than the RockHounds' 5-0 victory over the Tulsa Drillers, Tuesday night at Security Bank Ballpark.
Joel Seddon went seven scoreless innings, backed by Tyler Marincov's two-run first-inning home run and outstanding defense, as the 'Hounds won the three-game mini-series with the Drillers (2-1) to finish their season-opening home stand with a 5-1 record.
Eli White singled with one out in the first and, one out later, Tyler Marincov took Dennis Santana's first pitch out over the left-center field wall for a 2-0 lead. Santana would give up only one more hit through five innings and the 2-0 lead stood until the 'Hounds scored insurance runs in the seventh and eighth on RBI's from Santiago Chavez (double in the seventh), J.P. Sportman (ground out in the seventh) and Mikey White (single in the eighth).
Seddon pitched out of two jams in his seven scoreless frames, hitting two batters and walking one in the third. He escaped on a double play and a strikeout (of hot-hitting Angelo Mora). Back-to-back leadoff hits gave the Drillers runners at first and second with no one out in the fifth, but the right-hander retired the next three batters to keep the 2-0 advantage.
The RockHounds' errorless defense was led by first baseman Seth Brown, who robbed the game's first batter, Luke Raley, of extra bases with a diving stop down the line. He made a similar play on Conner Joe in the second and combined with shortstop Eli White on a terrific play to again deny Joe, this time in the fourth. White ranged up the middle to make the play on a sharp ground ball and Brown handled a one-hop, off-balance throw to complete the play.
Joel Seddon played a key role in each of the RockHounds' last two Texas League championships (2016 and 2017), winning four of the 12 playoff games needed to claim those titles. His performance Tuesday night had to rank among his finest regular season performances in a RockHounds uniform.
Mikey White's RBI was his 10th of the season, tying for the league lead with San Antonio's Josh Naylor.
Thursday, April 12 vs. Springfield Cardinals
Hammons Field Springfield, Missouri
First pitch 7:10 p.m.
Radio: NewsTalk 550 with Bob Hards ... airtime 7:00 p.m.
First of a three-game series at Springfield and of a six-game road trip
Wednesday is a travel day for all eight Texas League clubs
SPR: Ryan Helsley (RH, 0-1, 8.44)
RCK: Corey Walter (RH, 1-0, 4.50)
Next at Security Bank Ballpark
Thursday, April 19 through Sunday, April 22
vs. San Antonio Missions
Thirsty Thursday (19th), Schedule Pennants (20th), Celebration Globes (21st)
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