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Winning Streak Ends as Colts Fall 7-4

July 19, 2008 - United League Baseball (ULB) - San Angelo Colts News Release

AMARILLO, Texas - The Amarillo Dillas not only ended the San Angelo Colts' six-game winning streak, but they also snapped their own four-game losing skid on Saturday night. The Dillas (34-27), who had lost three straight to the Colts (34-22), defeated San Angelo 7-4 in front of 3,315 at the Dilla Villa to even this series at a game piece.

For the eight straight game, the Colts scored before their opponent, as San Angelo grabbed a 1-0 lead with an unearned run in the third off Dillas starter Micah Posey (9-1). Joe Rhomberg picked up his first RBI of the season, doubling home Wyn Diggs, who led off the inning with a single and went to second on a throwing error by shortstop Danny Bravo.

After Colts starter Frank James (3-4) cruised through the first four innings, he allowed two runs on five straight hits to begin the bottom of the fifth, as Amarillo took its first lead of the night, 2-1. On the fifth hit-a single by Josh Ashton-right fielder Bryan Frichter threw a perfect line drive to the plate, gunning down Stephen Douglas for the first out of an unconventional double play. After the catcher Diggs tagged Douglas, he threw to second where shortstop Charley Belew made a nice play to pick the throw and then tag Ashton for the second out of the play. James retired the next batter on a groundout, limiting the damage in the inning.

San Angelo used that momentum to bounce back with a run in the sixth and tie the game at 2-2. Three singles loaded up the bases with one out, and Posey walked Jason Landreth to force in a run. However, the Colts could not regain the lead as Frichter grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the threat. Frichter also bounced into an inning-ending double play in the second with two runners on and Aaron Cone hit into a twin killing in the fourth, the only time he was retired on the night.

Amarillo took the lead for good with four runs in the seventh, two charged to James and two charged to reliever Miliade Venas. James faced three batters in the frame and left with runners on second and third with one out. Venas came in and induced Brian Bueno to hit a grounder to first, which Andres Rodriguez handled and threw home in time to retire A.J. Johnson at the plate. Venas then walked Ashton to load the bases and allowed three straight singles to Jonathan Reynoso (1 RBI), Keith Brachold (2 RBIs), and Gary Schneidmiller (1 RBI), giving Amarillo a 6-2 edge.

Again the Colts responded in the next half-inning, but only with two runs as they stranded the tying runs in scoring position. Four straight hits off Posey to begin the inning plated two runs and chased Posey from the game with the score 6-4. Nathaniel Mateo entered and retired the next three he faced, stranding runners on second and third. He was helped by a terrific sliding catch by Reynoso in shallow center field, sandwiched in between two strikeouts.

After the Dillas added a run in the bottom of the eighth off Alex Mericks, Ralph Roberts shut the door and earned his fourth save with a 1-2-3 ninth inning. He saved the league-leading ninth win of the year for Posey, who surrendered four runs, three earned, on eleven hits with two strikeouts and three walks in seven-plus innings of work. James was charged with four runs, all earned, on eight hits with five strikeouts and one walk in 6 1/3 innings pitched.

The Colts conclude this series in Amarillo at 6:05 p.m. CT on Sunday, and will then travel to Laredo for a three-game set to wrap up this seven-day road trip. The Colts return home on Thursday, July 24 to begin a 10-game, nine-day homestand, starting with a Miller Lite "Thirsty Thursday," when 16 oz. bottles of beer are just $2. Advertising, ticket, and group information are available by calling the box office at (325) 942-6587. All Colts games are broadcast live on "Cool 100" - KCLL 100.1 FM and online at the Colts' official website, www.sanangelocolts.com, which is updated daily with the latest team news.

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