They haven’t really been bad yet, just not really good either. This year, the Edinburg Roadrunners have been at the .500 mark seven different days, from a 6-6 record on June 22 to a 17-17 clip July 15. Their most recent road trip was a tough one up to Sunday, as they’d lost four of five at Amarillo and Laredo.
The team was finishing up a four-game series with the latter club, and was set to come home Thursday to battle the local rival RGV WhiteWings of Harlingen. Though GM Doug Leary and manager Vince Moore pulled the trigger on a number of moves during the previous fortnight - and though the new additions have made solid contributions - the unit is still bumping around in the middle of the road, at 17-20 heading into Sunday night’s action.
With little over seven weeks left in the ULB season, the Runners are going to have to lead, follow, or get the heck out of the way.
In dropping three of four against the Dillas, Edinburg got a strong series from new shortstop B.J. Wheeler, who went 3 for 5 and then hit a triple for two RBI in his first two appearances for the squad. Catcher Cameron McGuire, who has seen his playing time increase lately, homered in consecutive nights but it was not enough to help Moore’s crew avoid the three losses. McGuire leads the way with four taters; the team has hit just 15 all year.
On the first night in Laredo, newcomer Danny Rondon went six innings on the mound and allowed three runs, leaving with the game tied 3-3. But Bryan Heaston (0-3) ended up with the loss in relief as the Broncos hit a 2-run homer in the 10th to win it.
Edinburg will face the Wings for four games starting Thursday, and then welcome the Coastal Bend Thunder to town for four more before exiting the Valley again, this time headed to San Angelo.
The Runners need to win both series in anticipation for the trip to play the Colts, who lead the league in batting, pitching, and most importantly, wins. Edinburg is fourth in the loop right now, a game ahead of RGV and nine back of San Angelo.