Rosa plays hero in wild RockHounds' win
Down 5-2 in the bottom of the ninth, the Midland RockHounds staged an epic five-run rally to earn a 7-5 win in Game 3 of their best-of-five series against the Corpus Christi Hooks. Viosergy Rosa was the hero, launching a two-out walk-off grandslam to give Midland an improbable victory.
The ninth inning began with Richie Martin reaching base on a throwing error by Hooks' shortstop Antonio Nunez. Martin moved to third when Brett Vertigan dropped a single into right field. Max Schrock hit an RBI groundout to narrow the 'Hounds deficit to two runs. Vertigan moved to second on the groundout. Midland got the tying run on base when Beau Taylor was hit by a pitch.
The rally looked like it might end there, however, when Tyler Marincov struck-out swinging for the inning's second out. However, Yairo Munoz drew a walk to load the bases, putting the tying run on second and the winning run on first. That brought Rosa to the plate and a new pitcher to the mound, as Ryan Deemes replaced Jacob Dorris. Rosa fouled off the first pitch and then took ball one before launching the third pitch he saw into the right field bleachers.
The grandslam was Rosa's second hit of the game. Midland had 12 hits in the game, but they weren't able to capitalize on that production until the ninth. Vertigan continued his torrid post-season with a three-hit game out of the lead-off spot, including that key hit in the ninth. Taylor had two hits and was hit by a pitch, while Martin and Marincov each had two hits.
Ben Bracewell got the start and he breezed through the first three innings before allowing five runs in the fourth. He would leave with a runner on and two-outs in the fifth inning. Kyle Friedrichs took over for Bracewell and, in his Double-A debut, kept the RockHounds close enough to be able to mount their comeback. He threw 5.1 scoreless innings, allowing just three hits and striking out two.
The RockHounds will have a chance to clinch the series win at home on Saturday as Brandon Mann will square-off against Cy Sneed.
Sounds eighth-inning rally leads to Game Three win
In a back-and-forth game, the Nashville Sounds got the last laugh, scoring two runs in the bottom of the eighth to secure a 6-5 win in Game Three of their best-of-five series against the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
Down 5-4 in the bottom of the eighth, Franklin Barreto tripled to deep center to lead-off the inning. He quickly scored the tying run on a Colin Walsh RBI single. With one out, Matt Olson singled to move Walsh to second. A Matt Chapman walk loaded the bases for Rangel Ravelo, who was able to beat out a potential double-play ball, allowing Walsh to score what would be the game-winning run.
Closer Tucker Healy came on in the ninth and he worked around a one-out walk to secure the Sounds' second victory of the series. Healy has recorded saves in both of the Sounds' wins in the series. Andres Avila, who pitched a scoreless eighth and recorded two outs in the seventh, earned the win.
Daniel Gossett started the game and he was stuck with a tough-luck no-decision. He allowed just two runs in 5.1 innings. Gossett struck-out six, walked two and allowed four hits in his first post-season start. Both runs off Gossett scored on a homerun by former A's prospect Corey Brown. The homer was his second of the series. Nashville had a 4-2 lead until the seventh, when Oklahoma City scored three runs off of Ryan Brasier and Colt Hynes.
Renato Nunez crushed a three-run homer to punctuate the Sounds' four-run third inning. It was Nunez's second three-run homer of the series. The Sounds had only five hits in the game, but they drew six walks and had those two key extra-base hits from Nunez and Barreto.
The Sounds have a chance to clinch a spot in the PCL finals when newcomer Donn Roach takes on former Nashville Sounds' right-hander Alfredo Figaro.