Jacks Sweep Strykers with 6-1 Win
One night after a sloppy blowout gave the East Texas Pump Jacks the opener, they closed out the series by defeating the Woodlands Strykers 6-1 on Friday.
Lefty Franklin Miller did the heavy lifting Friday, holding the Strykers to goose eggs through his first six innings of work. An unearned run came around to score against Miller in the seventh, the only blemish on an otherwise spotless evening.
Meanwhile, the Jacks offense posted six runs with rallies in the third, fifth, and seventh innings.
East Texas scored the first run of the ballgame in the third when Strykers starter Dirk Masters threw a wild pitch with the bases loaded that allowed Anthony Donovan to scamper in from third base. Donovan had reached on a dropped third strike, then Weston Pitts walked and Jake Nash singled to load the bases.
The Jacks greeted reliever Mason Mize with a three-run rally in the fifth on RBI singles by Nash, Dylan Mecham, and Alex Bell. Donovan led off the inning with a walk, and after advancing to second on a wild pitch, moved to third as the fourth ball to Pitts skipped to the backstop.
Nash lined a single that scored Donovan, advancing Donovan to third base. Mecham followed by singling on the first pitch, and Pitts raced 90 feet to home plate.
Chris Cooper took over for Mize after just four batters and got Tyler Moore to pop up on a hit and run, resulting in a double play. But Bell picked him up with an RBI single to right field that scored Nash.
Donovan was the point man once again in the seventh, taking a pitch off of the shoulder to lead off the inning against the Strykers' third reliever of the night, Adam Hunter. He stole second, advanced to third when Pitts beat out an infield chopper, and scored on a poor throw by the third baseman.
With Pitts at second, Nash collected his third single of the night to put runners on the corners. Mecham grounded to shortstop to drive in Pitts, but Nash was cut down at third base when he tried to advance on the play.
Jimmy Johnson relieved Miller and set down the Strykers in order in the eighth. Closer Tyler Adams entered to shut the door in the final frame. Adams allowed a single and a walk after striking out the first two batters of the inning, and forced a lazy grounder to second base to end the game.
Nash led the offense with a 3-for-3 night, and finished the two-game series 5-for-7 with a home run, four RBI, four runs scored, and three walks. Bell picked up a couple of singles during a 2-for-4 performance, and has now had a base hit in ten consecutive contests. During the streak, Bell has hit .447 with three RBI and five runs scored, and his average has risen more than 50 points to a team-high .341.
The Pump Jacks are back at Irwin UT Tyler Ballpark for a fun-filled weekend series against 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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