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Texas League Recap: May 12th

Midland RockHounds 6, Frisco RoughRiders 5

The Midland RockHounds extended their win streak to five games on Tuesday night in their 6-5 win over Frisco.  Nate Long went six innings for the RockHounds picking up his first win of the season, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out five.  Jonathan Joseph notched his first save of the season in a rather difficult outing where he allowed a run on three hits and a walk.

Josh Whitaker‘s two-run double in the bottom of the first started the scoring for both teams.  Midland looked to be cruising right along until the sixth inning when Frisco tried to make a game out of it.  Their two-run inning brought the score to 4-2 with plenty of game left.  Midland was able to get those two runs back to widen the gap at 6-2.  The RoughRiders would not give up but would end up running out of outs and eventually lose the game.

Frisco’s Nick Williams would hit a home run in the ninth to make it interesting but the RockHounds would hold on for the win.

NW Arkansas Naturals 8, Arkansas Travelers 3

The Naturals improved their record to 21-11 and increased their division lead to 2.5 games thanks to the 8-3 drubbing of the Travelers.  Matt Murray won his third game of the season pitching 3.1 innings of relief for starting pitcher Brandon Finnegan.  Murray gave up all three Arkansas runs, but was picked up by his offense.

Every Naturals starter recorded at least one hit in the contest, with three of them having multi-hit games.  Balbino Fuenmayor hit his seventh home run of the season for the Naturals and drove in his 24th RBI of the season.  Fuenmayor is on a current 10-game hitting streak and has hit safely in 14 out of his last 15 games, had has at least one hit in 23 of his team’s 29 games this season.

Tulsa Drillers 6, Springfield Cardinals 5

Lars Anderson hit a walk-off home run in the 10th inning propelling the Tulsa Drillers past the Cardinals 6-5.  Julio Urias had his shortest outing of the season lasting just 3.1 innings but did manage to record seven strikeouts.  Mike Mayers started for Springfield and went six innings before turning the ball over to the Cardinals bullpen who would eventually wind up losing the game.

With the game possibly seemingly in-hand for Tulsa, Cardinals Jonathan Rodriguez hit his third home run of the season in the eighth inning off Drillers’ Jeremy Horst who was hit with the blown save.  Ryan Dennick came in to pitch a perfect 10th inning and would be the benefactor of Anderson’s one-out blast, picking up his first win of the season.

Corpus Christi Hooks 3, San Antonio Missions 2

A two-run eighth inning for the Hooks lifted them past the Missions 3-2 on Tuesday.  Lance McCullers pitched four tremendous innings of relief to pick up his third win of the season.  McCullers didn’t allowed just one San Antonio hitter to reach base and that was on an error.  He struck out six in his dominating performance, and lowered his ERA to 0.62.

Teoscar Hernandez two-run home run in the eighth was all that was needed to put the Hooks out in front for good.  Corpus Christi is now atop the Texas League’s South Division by three games over the surging Midland RockHounds.

John Ginder
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