The Texas League finals had been a series about pitching up until Saturday, when the Midland RockHounds broke out a 14-hit, nine-run offensive attack. Max Muncy led the way with four hits, while Daniel Robertson (two hits and two walks), D'Arby Myers (two hits and three RBI), Matt Chapman (two hits) and Kenny Wilson (two hits and two RBI) all had big games at the plate.
Right-hander Deryk Hooker, a reliever most of the season, got the start and worked five innings. He allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and two walks. Hooker struck-out six. All four of the runs off Hooker came in the sixth inning, when the first four batters reached against him. Murphy Smith took over for Hooker in the sixth. He allowed two inherited runners to score, but ultimately worked three outstanding innings in relief. He allowed just one hit and he struck-out five while walking none. Ryan Dull tossed a scoreless ninth to close out the win.
Midland and Tulsa will square off in Midland at 4:00pm local time on Sunday. Game One winner Nate Long will start for the RockHounds. Tulsa has yet to announce a starter for the game.