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Hounds Stumble in Loss to Naturals

August 20, 2019 - Texas League (TL) - Midland RockHounds News Release

A duo of "prodigal RockHounds" led Northwest Arkansas to a 3-2 win over their former club Tuesday night at Security Bank Ballpark.

Dairon Blanco and Kevin Merrell ignited a three-run third inning as the Naturals erased a 2-0 deficit. Blanco led the inning off with a walk, Merrell followed with a single, and both came around to score. Nate Esposito had what would become the game-winning hit, capping the rally with a two-run single (the game was scoreless over the last six innings).

The RockHounds broke out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Chase Calabuig led off with a walk and Edwin Diaz drove a two-out RBI double to the wall in the right center. After Dan Gamache drew a walk, Tyler Ramirez singled down the left field line, scoring Diaz.

The RockHounds' runs came against Brady Singer, the Kansas City Royals' # 2 prospect (per MLB.com) but the right-hander settled in and, despite issuing five walks, didn't allow another run (and only two more hits) over 5? innings to earn the win. Tyler Zuber shut down a RockHounds threat in the eighth (two on with one out) getting a pair of strikeouts and followed with a 1-2-3 ninth inning for the save.

The Texas League South Division

Tuesday's games opened the final two weeks of the Texas League season, all of it cross-division play (14 games).

The Drillers edged Amarillo, 4-3, in Tulsa ... Frisco shut out Springfield, 5-0, in the Metroplex ... and Corpus Christi defeated Arkansas, 4-3, in North Little Rock. The Sod Poodles' lead in the South Division second half race is now down to three games over Corpus ... 3½ over Frisco and four over the RockHounds.

The wild card standings remain absolutely crazy. Through 126 games (125 for Frisco), the RockHounds and Corpus Christi are tied (62-64) with Frisco a half-game back (61-64).

Notables

Edwin Diaz has hit in six straight games (8-23, .348) with three doubles, three home runs and fourteen (14) runs batted in.

In his last seven games, Mikey White 10-for-33 (.303) with a double, three home runs and ten (10) RBI.

Next Game

Wednesday, August 21 vs. NW Arkansas Naturals

Security Bank Ballpark 6:30 p.m. (Gates open 6:00)

Copa Night / Matamoscas de Midessa!

Fedora Hats for the first 700 fans

- Second of a three-game series and of a six-game homestand

- Radio: NewsTalk 550 with Bob Hards ... airtime 6:15 p.m.

Probable Starters

NWA: Gerson Garabito (RH, 6-9, 4.09)

RH: Grant Holmes (RH, 5-4, 3.48)


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