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Holmes Dazzles as RockHounds Blank Frisco, 6-0

June 11, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Midland RockHounds News Release

Saturday night's outstanding crowd of nearly 6,500 at Security Bank Ballpark were treated to a terrific postgame fireworks show. They also may have witnessed the official "arrival" of Grant Holmes and that just might turn out to be the real "show" of the night.

Holmes and a balanced attack led the RockHounds to a 6-0 win over the Frisco RoughRiders in the opener of a four-game series, and keeps the 'Hounds on the heels of the San Antonio Missions in the Texas League South.

The 21-year-old right-hander was perfect through five innings, allowed just one base-runner through six (on a strikeout and a wild pitch) and didn't surrender a hit until the seventh. The only "bummer" was that his night ended after the eighth inning, so there was no chance for a salute from the crowd, but the performance was worthy of a "standing O."

Holmes' final line showed eight scoreless innings, allowing two hits (a tough chopper to third base in the seventh and a flair to center in the eighth), no walks and eight strikeouts (one shy of his career high).

Video: Midland's Holmes rings up eighth K

The RockHounds gave Holmes an early lead to work with, scoring three times in the first. B.J. Boyd led off with his first home run of the season, a drive over the high wall in left field. Yairo Munoz didn't hit a homer, but scored a run entirely on his own nonetheless. He reached on an infield single, stole second, stole third and came home on a "not so" wild pitch, one that got just far enough away from Frisco catcher Jose Trevino for Munoz to beat him to the plate and avoid Trevino's tag. Walks to Viosergy Rosa and Beau Taylor were followed by an opposite field RBI single from J.P. Sportman and with Holmes in charge, the 'Hounds had all the offense they would need.

Frisco left-hander Shane McCain relieved starter Conner Sadzeck with two out in the first and was outstanding, going 4.2 scoreless innings, allowing two hits with no walks and six strikeouts. The score remained 3-0 until the RockHounds added three insurance runs against lefty Brady Feigl in the seventh and eighth, with Jermaine Curtis, Sportman and Jordan Tarsovich each driving home a run.

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