Five-Run Third Inning Leads Hounds to Game One Win
A five-run third inning was the difference as the RockHounds defeated the Amarillo Sod Poodles, 8-3, in Game One of the Texas League South Division Championship Series Wednesday night at Hodgetown in Amarillo, Texas.
The 'Hounds scored their first two runs without benefit of a hit, with a pair of walks and two runs scoring on (what was ruled) a wild pitch (Collin Theroux scored from third base and Mickey McDonald from second). After Nate Mondou drew a walk, Taylor Motter sent a two-run home run over the left field wall for a 4-0 lead. Tyler Ramirez and Edwin Diaz rekindled the rally with back-to-back singles and Greg Deichmann drilled an RBI double into the right field corner to cap the inning.
Mondou's two-run home run in the fourth pushed the lead to 7-0 and Matt Milburn limited Amarillo to three runs over seven innings for the win. The Sod Poodles out-hit the 'Hounds, 11-6, but Amarillo pitching walked 11 batters and hit one batter.
The Texas League South Division Championship Series
Kyle Friedrichs gets the Game 2 start for the RockHounds (Amarillo's starter will not be publicly announced until Thursday afternoon). Kyle finished the regular season 6-7, with a 3.43 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and a .281 opponent average. He ranked third among qualifying Texas League pitchers in ERA, fifth in WHIP and 10th in opponent average.
Games 3, 4 and 5 (as needed) will be at Security Bank Ballpark Friday (6:30 p.m.), Saturday (7:00 p.m.) and Sunday (2:00 p.m.)
In Game 1 of the North Division Championship Series, the Arkansas Travelers edged the Tulsa Drillers, 2-1, at North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Including Wednesday night's division series opener, the RockHounds have won 12-of-their-last-14 games and 15-of-their-last-19.
Texas League South Division Championship Series / Game 2
Thursday, September 5 vs. Amarillo Sod Poodles
Hodgetown Amarillo, Texas
First pitch 7:05 p.m.
- RockHounds lead the series, 1-0
- Radio: Airtime 7:00 with Bob Hards
Thursday's game will air on KFZX (102.1-FM) / Classic Rock 102 (High School Football on KCRS)
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