On a night with record crowds at Dr Pepper Ballpark, 11,852 fans to be exact, Leody Taveras came up with the game winning hit again. The RoughRiders won 4-3 in the bottom of the 10th on the single by Taveras that drove in Tony Sanchez.
Fun fact: TONIGHT’S crowd was the 7th largest in franchise history.
Jason Bahr has been absolutely solid for the RoughRiders over his last 4 starts and he has not allowed more than 2 runs in that time. He didn’t get the win tonight even though he pitched good enough.
His line: 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 SO, 92/65 pitches, 3.63 ERA
Emerson Martinez pitched 2.1 scoreless innings and struck out 3 Naturals in that time on only 20 pitches. 17 of those pitches were strikes. Talk about being economical on pitches.
Blake Bass (8-3, 3.60) pitched 2 scoreless innings as well and got the win. The Naturals scored an unearned run in the top of the 10th. In his innings he threw 25 pitches and 15 were strikes.
The line-up (4 runs, 7 hits, 2 walks, 7 SO, 12 LOB)
The RoughRiders got the scoring started in the bottom of the 3rd when Leody Taveras tripled to score Sanchez and Davis.
The Naturals tied the game in the top of the 6th. There was no additional scoring until the 10th inning.
RoughRiders walk off again
Stop me if it seems like we’ve seen this before.
Taveras came up with 2 outs in the 10th and I thought, “what a story it would be to walk off again”. Sure enough it happened on a 3-2 pitch and this time it happened from the right side of the plate. Credit goes to Tony Sanchez as well since he singled to bring in De Leon who started the inning at 2nd base.
Post-season hopes are still alive
With the win, the RoughRiders move to 63-66 on the season and move to 30-30 in the 2nd half. They are 1 1/2 games behind the Midland RockHounds and a game behind the Corpus Christi Hooks.
It’s always exciting to see the RoughRiders walk off.