AMARILLO — So close and yet so far, as a potentially Big D in the Big A Wednesday turned into what it had been before action began.
The Roadrunners traveled northwest for the biggest series of the season, splitting a doubleheader with the Dillas after the first game of the set was rained out Tuesday. Edinburg won the first outing 9-4 but blew a 5-run lead to drop the second, 11-10, meaning that the teams are tied for first in the ULB once again.
It looked like a banner day in the making early on as the visitor used a 5-run third inning to take command in the 7-inning opener. Felix Molina and Nelson Teilon had three hits apiece as the team built a 9-0 lead behind starter Mark Dibernardo (8-5 with the win), who went the distance despite allowing some runs late.
Thus having climbed into first, Edinburg came back for the nightcap and seemed on the way to a 2-game lead with a 10-5 lead after four, even though starter Tim Haines walked nine batters through four before departing. But Amarillo rallied to get six in the bottom of the sixth and that was all the scoring through seven.
A.C. Concepcion and Daryl Jones notched three hits each in the loss, with Concepcion homering and driving in four runs to give him 60 RBI for the season. Reliever Ric Serrano took the loss, his second in five decisions.
The rivals have a pair of games remaining Thursday and Friday as they try to sort out the league standings in time for the playoffs, which start next week. The ‘Runners come home from the Panhandle to play RGV three times and wrap up the season Aug. 29.
Teilon was 5 for 9 in the doubleheader to raise his average to .313 while Molina was also 5 for 9, and is now at a team-leading .333.