Itís official: the Roadrunners are second-place finishers in the ULB for 2009.
Thanks to a 6-2 win Monday night at home over Amarillo, the Runners (46-34) will host the first two games of the first round, against the same Dillas group, starting tonight at he Stadium at 7:05.
Robert Matlock and Bryan Smith drove in two runs each as Edinburg rallied from an early deficit to back a gutty pitching performance from righty Eric Montoya (6-4).
The Runners won a league-best 73 percent of their games at home in finishing second behind San Angelo. Included in that performance were seven wins in eight tries versus the Dillas at the Stadium, as they allowed just 2.6 runs per game. In contrast, the team lost seven of eight up in the Panhandle, giving up nearly six runs a night in the process.
Thatís why clinching second was such a big deal for the 5-game playoff series.
In early August it seemed like the Redclads were dead in the water, with a 24-27 mark after a loss at San Angelo Aug. 2. But from that point Manager Vince Mooreís bunch won a dozen in a row to catapult back into the mix. The Runners are 22-7 in their last 29 ball games, as fine starting pitching and the acquisition of a number of key veteran sticks have energized the effort.
The mound rotation called for lefty Pedro Flores, no stranger to the postseason in his long minor league career, on the hill for Edinburg. If the mix stays the same, that means Tim Haines (9-5) for Game Two followed by Miguel Martinez (9-4) and Danny Rondon (6-1).