Extra Innings Victory Gives 'Hounds Fifth Straight Win
"Safe or out - One of baseball's "original" questions was at the forefront in extra innings on Wednesday night at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.
With the game tied, the bases loaded and one out in the top of the 11th inning, Viosergy Rosa sent a ground ball to second base. Isiah Kiner-Falefa made the play and threw to second for the force out with Michael De Leon 's relay to first base turning into "bang-bang" call. The call was "safe," making the play an RBI fielder's choice instead of an inning-ending double play. The 'Hounds added an insurance run, scoring twice on one hit and four walks in the inning for a 3-1 win, "safe or out" controversy notwithstanding.
Pitching and defense ruled the night, with both starters (each in his seventh Double-A start) going seven strong innings. Frisco's Tyler Davis allowed one run on four hits and no walks, striking out two, while the RockHounds' Dustin Hurlbutt gave up one run on six hits, walking one with five strikeouts. Davis (2.54 ERA) and Hurlbutt (2.21) both opened the season at the Class-A Advanced level and have continued their outstanding seasons at the Double-A level.
J.P. Sportman led off the second with a triple to deep right-center and scored on Max Schrock 's sacrifice fly. Jose Trevino launched a solo home run out of the ballpark leading off the Frisco fourth and the game remained tied at 1-1 through 10 innings.
Jorge Mateo singled with one out in the 11th and Jordan Tarsovich drew a six-pitch walk against reliever Ryne Slack, accompanied by an equal number of throws to first to keep the lightning-quick Mateo in check. Slack threw a wild pitch with Jermaine Curtis at the plate, loading the bases. Rosa's controversial play then broke the tie and Slack followed with two more walks, the second of them to Schrock forcing home the inning's second run.
The RockHounds bullpen was outstanding again, backing up Hurlbutt's quality start with four scoreless innings. Sam Bragg pitched the eighth, Brandon Mann worked the ninth to pick up the win and 10th and Tyler Sturdevant closed the door in the 11th, earning his fourth save and his third of the road trip.
The win was the RockHounds' fifth straight as they completed the road trip with a 5-2 record and their 11th win in their last 13 games. The three-game sweep of Frisco was the second for the 'Hounds in the last 10 days against RoughRiders, as they took three straight July 24-26 at Security Bank Ballpark.
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