Olson’s Walk-off RBI Completes Midland Comeback
The Midland RockHounds had their hitting shoes on for Monday’s game against the Corpus Christi Hooks. The ‘Hounds homered four times and collected 14 hits. They would need every hit they had, as it took a two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth to give the RockHounds a 9-8 win.
Chad Pinder (4), Matt Olson (6), Jaycob Brugman (1) and Carson Blair (1) all went deep for Midland. Blair’s homer tied the game at 9 in the bottom of the ninth. Olson collected the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly that scored Chad Oberacker. The Hooks had walked Colin Walsh intentionally to load the bases for Olson in the 9th. They paired Olson against a left-handed pitcher, but the Midland first baseman won the battle. Olson leads the Texas League in homers.
Oberacker and Matt Angle each had three hits in the game. Angle also walked. Brugman’s homer was a game-tying three-run blast. He also walked. Pinder had two hits. Every Midland batter reached base at least once.
Nate Long had the start for Midland. He was charged with five runs allowed in six innings, but only two were earned. He struck-out three and was in-line for the win when he left the game. Kris Hall and Jonathan Joseph combined to allow three runs in the seventh and eighth innings to put the Hooks in the lead going into the ninth. Joseph was credited with the win.
The ‘Hounds are now 9-8 on the season.
Ports Rout Blaze, Collect 21 Hits
The Stockton Ports scored five times in the top of the first and never looked back, cruising to a 9-4 victory over the Bakersfield Blaze. The Stockton offense was red-hot. Stockton hitters combined for 21 hits and three walks in the win.
Every Stockton batter reached base at least twice. J.P. Sportman had three hits and two RBI, Branden Cogswell had three hits and a walk, Tyler Marincov had four hits and two RBI, B.J. Boyd had three hits, while Michael Soto, Nick Rickles and Franklin Barreto each had two hits. Rickles drove home three and threw out an attempted base-stealer.
Starter Kyle Finnegan had plenty of run support, but he didn’t really need it. Finnegan allowed just a run on five hits and one walk in five innings. He struck-out two. Trevor Bayless made his High-A debut and threw a scoreless inning to extend his scoreless streak to seven innings. Tyler Hollstegge was touched for a three-run homer in the seventh, but Brendan McCurry threw two shutout innings to close out the game. McCurry’s ERA is still 5.79, but he has 13 strike-outs against three walks in 9.1 innings this season.
Stockton is now 8-11 on the year.
Sounds-Zephyrs Game Suspended
New Orleans was drenched by a huge rain storm on Sunday night and late Monday. The Sounds-Zephyrs game started on time, but ultimately the rain was too much and the game was suspended in the bottom of the fourth with the score tied 0-0.
Arnold Leon, in his return to Triple-A, had 33 strikes in 52 pitches in 3.2 shutout innings before the rain came. Jason Pridie extended his hitting streak to eight games with a first inning hit and he was 2-2 at the time of the rain delay. The game will resume on June 8.
More Transactions Around the System
The Midland RockHounds received two new pitchers to bolster their staff, which has been hit hard by promotions and injuries. Tim Atherton will join the Midland rotation from High-A Stockton, where he had a 1.17 ERA in four starts for the Ports. He struck-out 31 and walked four in 23 innings. Right-hander Joey Wagman, who pitched for Low-A Beloit last season, will join the Midland pitching staff from extended spring training.
Taking Atherton’s place in Stockton is right-hander Ben Bracewell, who joins Stockton from extended spring training. Bracewell was a non-drafted free agent signing last season and he played for the AZL A’s after signing.