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Ruiz throws one-hitter as Edinburg tops Aviators, 3-0

July 29, 2004 - Central Baseball League (Central League) - Coastal Bend Aviators News Release

ROBSTOWN, TX – Righthander Julio Ruiz gave up just one hit and didn’t allow a Coastal Bend runner past second base en route to a complete game shutout…the Edinburg Roadrunners besting the Aviators 3-0 in front of a paid crowd of 2,451 at Fairgrounds Field in Robstown. The loss was Coastal Bend’s fourth straight and fifth at the hands of the West Division-leading Roadrunners.

Edinburg got on the board with an unearned run in the 2nd – Pat O’Sullivan led off the inning with an infield single, then advanced to second when Aviators starter Scott Tower hit Ryan Lehr with a pitch. An Aviators throwing error – one of four Coastal Bend miscues on the night – allowed O’Sullivan to move to third base where he was promptly driven in by a Vince Moore sacrifice fly.

Ruiz walked three Aviators batters early on, but at one point retired 10 in a row to keep Coastal Bend’s offense in check. With two outs in the bottom of the 6th, the Aviators posted their only hit…Marcus Knight’s pushed a bunt on the right side of the infield and beat first baseman Aaron Mendoza’s underhand throw to Ruiz covering at first. In the 7th Edinburg added a pair of insurance runs when Neesan Zieour led off the inning with a single…then Aviators reliever Dan Henderson served up a gopher ball to Eric Gonzalez, who cleared the left field wall just inside the foul pole to extend the Roadrunners lead to 3-0. Ruiz took it from there, retiring eight straight Coastal Bend batters…then after walking Knight with one out in the 9th inning got Alph Coleman to bounce into a game-ending double play to put the seal on the complete game victory.

Ruiz (7-3) struck out seven in winning his sixth straight decision…Tower (0-3) went just an inning-and-a-third in suffering the loss. While holding Coastal Bend to just one hit, Edinburg only managed seven safeties…Zieour and Ryan Lehr led the way with two hits apiece. Wednesday’s loss dropped the Aviators to 11-14 in the second half (35-38 overall) while Edinburg improved their second half record to 17-10 and overall mark to a Central Baseball League best 50-24. Coastal Bend will try to salvage the finale of the home-and-home series Thursday with righthander Jose Luis Lopez (8-3) getting the start; the Roadrunners will look to righty Ryan Harris (10-2) as Edinburg goes for the series sweep.

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