In a battle of two former teammates, the Midland RockHounds dropped a heartbreaker in the 11th inning, 5-2, to the Tulsa Driller. The Drillers now lead the Texas League Championship Series, two games to one.
Former A's prospect Carlos Hernandez, who was a member of the last RockHounds' squad to win the Texas League title, took the hill for the Drillers and was outstanding. In seven innings, he allowed just a solo homer to Matt Chapman. It was Chapman's second of the post-season.
The RockHounds trailed 2-1 going into the bottom of the 8th inning when they mounted a rally against the Tulsa bullpen. Jeremy Barfield singled with one-out and was replaced by pinch-runner Chad Oberacker. Dusty Coleman then reached on a force attempt. Max Muncy flew out, but Matt Chapman walked to load the bases for D'Arby Myers. Myers then walked to force in a run and tie the game.
Shawn Haviland got the start and pitched six strong innings. He allowed two runs on three hits and four walks. He struck-out six. Marcus Walden tossed three scoreless innings in relief of Haviland before giving way to Jose Flores. Flores had been brilliant all post-season and he tossed a scoreless 10th. However, he lost his groove with a runner on first and two outs. Flores walked a batter and then allowed a game-winning, three-run homer.
The RockHounds will face an elimination game on Saturday. If they win, the winner-takes-all Game Five will be on Sunday.
Before the game, the A's announced an extension of their player development contract with Midland through the 2016 season. The A's have been with Midland since the 1999 season.