Jacks Fall 7-4, Go for a Series Split Wednesday on College Night
The Pump Jacks fell into an early hole and nearly climbed their way out, but couldn't complete the comeback against the TCL's top team.
The East Texas Pump Jacks fell 7-4 in a close game with the Brazos Valley Bombers on Tuesday, and will look to even the series with a win on Wednesday night.
The Jacks dug an early hole by giving up four runs in the first, then chipped away at the lead before the Bombers added a couple of insurance runs late in the contest.
Tristan Pendley started on the hill for the Pump Jacks, and the Bombers put him to work early in his Irwin UT Tyler Ballpark debut.
Pendley walked the first two batters of the ballgame before forcing Geonte Jackson, the league's leading hitter, into a lazy fly ball to left. Tyler Lawrence rolled a ground ball to Dylan Mecham at shortstop, but a potential inning-ending double play instead loaded the bases when the ball bounced away from Mecham.
Brazos capitalized on its second chance and got on the board with a two-run single. One out later, the Bombers doubled their lead to 4-0 with a two-run double in the gap.
There was no quit in the Pump Jacks, though, and they cut into the deficit with two runs of their own off of Brazos starter Callaway Kirkpatrick in the home half of the first.
T.J. Friedl got the frame started on the right foot with a leadoff single. He came around to score all the way from first when Lawrence, the Bombers catcher, fielded Anthony Donovan's bunt and sailed his throw over the first baseman and into right field. The throwing error allowed Donovan to advance all the way to third base, and Mecham brought him home with a slow grounder to shortstop to cut the deficit to 4-2.
The Bombers scored their fifth run in the top of the third when Pendley plunked a batter with the bases loaded, but the Jacks answered again with two more runs in the bottom half of the frame.
Tristan Clarke jumped on a 2-2 pitch and sent a leadoff double down the left field line. Friedl collected another single that put runners on first and third, and after Donovan drew a walk to load the bases, Dilon Argo brought Clarke in from third on a sacrifice fly to make it 5-3. Another RBI grounder from Mecham plated Friedl and cut the Brazos Valley lead to 5-4.
The Jacks had the Bombers right where they wanted them, and Pendley held the visitors scoreless through the seventh inning.
Former Tyler Junior College hurler Drew Robertson made his Pump Jack debut in the eighth, and Brazos Valley gave him a rocky welcome. Robertson got a quick first out, but two singles and a walk loaded the bases. In a rare turn of events, Robertson was called for a bases-loaded balk, forcing in a Bombers run. A sacrifice fly extended the visitors' lead to three, 7-4.
Brazos reliever Nick Jones put East Texas away in order in the eighth, giving way to Brandon Pennington in the ninth.
Mecham shot a single up the middle to lead things off, but he was quickly erased on a double play grounder. Alex Bell legged out an infield single, but Tyler Moore was unable to keep the Jacks alive and grounded out to third base.
Pendley took the loss after giving up five runs, three of them earned, in seven innings. He walked four and struck out five. Robertson gave up the final two runs in two innings of work.
Friedl led the Jacks' attack with three hits and two runs in four at-bats. Mecham drove in a pair of runs while going 1-for-4.
To view and purchase photos from the game, visit the online gallery from FocusInOn.Me, a service of the Tyler Morning Telegraph and ETFinalScore.com.
The Pump Jacks and the Bombers will go at it again on Wednesday for College Night, when college students can get up to two dollars off on tickets. College students get $1 off tickets when they show their college ID, and as an added bonus, students can get an extra $1 off if they're wearing any clothing or gear showing off their school. So bring your college ID, show off your school pride, and have a blast with the Jacks!
Following a trip to The Woodlands to take on the Strykers, the Pump Jacks return home over the weekend to face the Texas Marshals.
Saturday will be Seat Cushion Giveaway Night presented by Texas Spine & Joint Hospital and CBS 19. The Pump Jacks will be giving away free seat cushions with the team's logo to celebrate their first season in Tyler, so make sure you show up early to get one!
Sunday is Church Bulletin Night with the Pump Jacks. Bring a church bulletin to the game and you'll get $2 off your ticket for Sunday's contest. You can even bring a church bulletin to the ticket office during the week to get your discount, so don't delay and take advantage of this chance to enjoy a fun night at the ballpark for next to nothing!
Fans who are unable to join in on the festivities can tune in to our live Ustream broadcast or follow the game with live scoring updates on our Pointstreak feed.
To follow all the news during the Jacks' inaugural season in Tyler, presented by Brookshire's, visit the Pump Jacks official web site at www.pumpjacksbaseball.com. Join the conversation with other members of Pump Jacks Nation by visiting the Pump Jacks on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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