May 5, 2017 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Round Rock Express
ROUND ROCK, Texas - The Round Rock Dance Halls (13-16) took the first step toward proving the Nashville Honky Tonks (12-13) that both baseball and country music are far superior in Texas thanks to a 4-3 walkoff win after 10 innings in the game one of the inaugural Battle for the Boot.
Express LHP Christian Torres (1-0, 0.00) earned the win in what was his Triple-A debut. He tossed a 1-2-3 10th inning of relief, recording a strikeout in the process. Honky Tonks reliver RHP Aaron Kurcz (2-2, 5.68) suffered the loss after allowing the walkoff game winner.
Round Rock broke through in the second inning. DH Jared Hoying led off with a double then boot scootin' boogied over to third base on a wild pitch. Hoying raced home with the game's first run on an ensuing Travis Snider groundout.
After retiring the first 11 hitters faced, Dance Halls starter RHP Tyler Wagner surrendered a solo home run to Honky Tonks RF Mark Canha in the fourth inning, leveling the contest at one. However, the Dance Halls two-stepped back into the lead in the bottom of the frame. 1B Ronald Guzman lined a leadoff triple to deep center field before sprinting home on a Cesar Puello sacrifice fly.
An explosive play at the plate in the sixth inning kept the Dance Halls ahead. After a leadoff double by LF Kenny Wilson, SS Franklin Barreto lined a double down the left field line. Round Rock LF Drew Robinson launched a throw to SS Jurickson Profar, who gunned down Wilson at the plate with no time to spare.
In the seventh, Honky Tonks 1B Matt Olson collected a one-out single then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Two hitters later, 3B Matt Chapman lined a two-run homer onto the berm in left field, giving Nashville their first lead of the night at 3-2.
The Honky Tonks' time being superior than the Dance Halls was short-lived. Round Rock knotted the game at three just minutes later as Snider doubled before racing home on an ensuing Josh Wilson double.
With Torres on to pitch the 10th inning, 2B Elio Castillo, also making his Triple-A debut, worked a one-out walk. After a Robinson single, Profar lined an RBI double down the right field line, sending Castillo flying home with the game-winning run.
The Dance Halls transform back into the Express for Saturday's series opener against the Oklahoma City Dodgers. Round Rock RHP Dillon Gee (1-3, 5.19) is scheduled to face off against OKC RHP Justin Masterson (2-1, 2.16). First pitch at Dell Diamond is set for 7:05 p.m. The first 2,500 fans through the gates will receive a Nolan Ryan bobblehead giveaway commemorating his fourth no-hitter, presented by Whataburger.
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