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Colts rally late from six runs down, beat Wings 9-8

August 14, 2008 - United League Baseball (ULB) - San Angelo Colts News Release

HARLINGEN, Texas - Perhaps the San Angelo Colts were inspired by the Texas Rangers' comeback on Tuesday at Fenway Park, when the Rangers overcame two 10-run deficits. The Rangers eventually lost however, but the Colts (52-29) made good on their comeback Wednesday night in Harlingen, as San Angelo overcame two six-run deficits to beat the WhiteWings 9-8. The Colts, who have won four in a row, clinched a winning road trip and also clinched the three-game series, giving them five series wins in all five series versus the Wings (20-62) this year.

Colts starter Brian Henschel was looking for his 11th win overall and his 11th win in 12 starts, but came away with a no-decision as he gave up seven runs, six earned, in four straight innings from the third through the sixth. A two-out, broken-bat single to left by Ryan Fox in the third got Harlingen started, giving the Wings a 2-0 edge.

The WhiteWings added a run in the fourth on a two-out RBI single by Matt Lawman before their biggest inning of the night, a three-run fifth inning to make it 6-0. Amadeo Zazueta homered for the second straight night as he drilled the first pitch of the inning over the short left-field wall. Carl Johnson later drove in a run with a groundout and Kevin Griffin brought home a run with an RBI single. The teams tallied an unearned run each in the sixth and the Colts trailed 7-1 going into the late innings.

In the top of the seventh, the Colts began their comeback, batting around in the inning against three different Harlingen pitchers, including starter Miguel Sosa, who gave up a double and a walk to begin the inning before being pulled. Justin Staatz then entered the game and walked the first batter he faced to load the bases for Jose Torres, who brought home a run with an infield single to make it 7-2. Andres Rodriguez then barely missed a grand slam, crushing one to the center-field wall and getting credit for a sac fly as one run scored to make it 7-3. Two batters later, Jason Landreth, who was 4-for-5 with three RBIs, brought home two runs with his fourth single of the night, bringing the Colts to 7-5. The next hitter, Bryan Frichter, nearly hit a home run to left as he smashed one off the ball, scoring Landreth and pushing the Colts to within a run. Bobby Darling (1-7) relieved Staatz and retired Wyn Diggs to strand Frichter at third and preserve the lead for the moment.

Darling was not as successful in the eighth as he surrendered three runs and the lead. With one out, the Colts posted four straight singles, including a two-run hit by Torres and an RBI single by Rodriguez, who recorded his league-leading 100th RBI of the season, playing in just his 81st game. The three-spot gave the Colts a 9-7 advantage and their first lead of the night.

The San Angelo bullpen was excellent as Alex Merricks (4-1) struck out the side in the seventh and Robert Romero fired a 1-2-3 eighth inning leading to closer Luke Massetti in the ninth. After a leadoff walk in the ninth, the Wings brought the tying run to the plate on three occasions and, after Massetti retired the first two, Griffin hit one off that short wall in left, narrowly missing a game-tying two-run homer. The result instead was an RBI double that made the score 9-8, and Massetti then struck out Matt Lawman to end the game and record his second save in as many night and his fifth overall.

The Colts conclude this three-game series in Harlingen as well as this week-long road trip as they go for the sweep of the Wings at 7:05 p.m. CT on Thursday, August 14. San Angelo returns for the final home series of the regular season on Friday, August 15, with a Back-to-School Kit Giveaway, sponsored by 2-1-1Texas. Advertising, ticket, and group information are available by calling the box office at (325) 942-6587. All Colts games are broadcast live on "Cool 100" - KCLL 100.1 FM and online at the Colts' official website, www.sanangelocolts.com, which is updated daily with the latest team news.

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