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Midland RockHounds capture second straight Texas League title

The Midland RockHounds are Texas League champions for a second consecutive season.

It's hard to build dynasties in minor league baseball, but the Midland RockHounds are defying that idiom. The RockHounds earned their second straight Texas League title with a 7-0 win to complete the sweep over the Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Parker Frazier threw a shutout in arguably the best pitched game by any RockHound this season. The right-hander, who is in his first season in the Oakland A's system, began the game inauspiciously when he walked the lead off batter. Frazier quickly recovered to get out of the first with no other base-runners. He would cruise from there and needed 102 pitches to complete the game. He didn't allow his first hit until the fourth inning and finished the game having allowed just three hits and two walks. Frazier struck-out nine and recorded eight outs on the ground.

The game was scoreless until the fourth, when the RockHounds scored four. Anthony Aliotti was hit by a pitch to start the inning. Renato Nunez followed with a single and Ryon Healy broke open the scoring with a double that scored Aliotti. Matt Olson followed with another double to make the game 2-0 and Josh Whitaker brought home two with a single.

Frazier would have all of the runs he would need, but the RockHounds would tack on three more runs in the sixth. Whitaker hit a one-out solo homerun. Wade Kirkland, Beau Taylor and Jaycob Brugman then all reached to load the bases with one-out. Colin Walsh brought home the RockHounds' sixth run with an RBI walk. Then Aliotti followed with an RBI groundout to close out the game's scoring.

Whitaker, in his first game back after injuring his hand in the final game of the semifinals, drove-in three. He finished the post-season with a .500 batting average and three homeruns. Brugman went 1-for-5 to finish his post-season with four homeruns and a .429 average. Nunez (.407) and Healy (.355) also had two hits and huge post-seasons.

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