Mother Nature has been in evidence in the series between the RockHounds and RoughRiders in Frisco. So has Jose Cardona.
The RoughRiders center fielder's second home run of the season (and of the series and in as many games) was Wednesday's game-winner, a three-run homer in the eighth that broke a 4-4 tie to give Frisco the win and a 2-1 edge in the four-game set at Dr Pepper Ballpark.
Cardona's fly ball to left field, which narrowly cleared the left field fence, came against Kyle Finnegan, who took the loss in relief. After going 0-for-5 in the series opener, Cardona (rated the Rangers' #21 prospect by Baseball America) is now 4-for-7 in the last two games of the series, with two home runs, five RBI and a walk. He is hitting .536 (15-for-28) in the season series versus the RockHounds.
Cardona's home run was the fifth of the game and the tenth of the series, nine coming Tuesday night and Wednesday morning/afternoon with the wind playing a role (to various degrees) in several of the long balls.
Max Schrock hit two homers, both to right field, going back-to-back with Yairo Munoz in the sixth inning as the 'Hounds erased a 4-2 deficit and forge a 4-4 tie that stood until Carmona's decisive swing in the eighth.
Video: Midland's Schrock smacks second homer to tie game
Frisco's Scott Heineman had the game's other home run, a solo shot leading off the fifth, and came within a double of hitting for the cycle.
The RockHounds are 3-4 with one game remaining on their eight-game road trip, now trailing the RoughRiders, 2-1, in the four-game set in the Metroplex after splitting a four-gamer at Corpus Christi.
The 'Hounds fall 1.5 games behind San Antonio in the Texas League South Division. The Missions host Corpus Christi Wednesday night at Nelson Wolff Stadium.
Entering Tuesday's game, the 'Hounds had scored just six runs over the first five games of the road trip … had been shutout both Sunday at Corpus Christi and Monday at Frisco … and had not scored a run in 24.1 innings.
In the last two games at Frisco, the club has scored 14 runs on 20 hits, including six home runs (as many homers in two games as runs scored in the first five games combined).
Viosergy Rosa (0-for-3, walk, strikeout) extended his on-base streak to 18 games (23-for-65, .354 with a .455 on-base percentage). Rosa has also hit in 13 of his last 15 games (20-for-54, .370) with two home runs and nine RBI.
The 'Hounds and RoughRiders conclude their four-game series in the Metroplex on Thursday evening at 7:05 p.m.
The pitching match-up in the series finale is outstanding. Frisco sends right-hander Collin Wiles to the hill with Corey Walter starting for the RockHounds. The two right-handers both rank among the Texas League's top 10 pitchers (entering Wednesday's games) with Wiles (3-1, 2.62) ranking eighth and Walter (2-0, 1.09) second in the league in earned run average. Wiles also leads all league starters in fewest walks allowed per nine innings pitched (1.03).
Following Thursday's game the RockHounds return home for a very quick four-game series, hosting the San Antonio in a series that, despite the calendar still reading "May," is a very significant four-game set. As the 70-game first half passed its halfway mark, San Antonio has gone on tremendous stretch: the Missions are 12-4 in their last 16 games (entering their Wednesday night game versus Corpus Christi). The four-game set between the RockHounds and Missions is also the end of 32 consecutive games of play within the division and will be followed by a 12-game stretch of North versus South.
The RockHounds and San Antonio meet on Friday (a special edition "Thirsty" Friday) and Saturday evenings at 7:00 p.m. each night, followed by a pair of day games - Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. and Monday morning at 11:00 a.m.
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