Like an oscillating fan, they came back around again last week. Only problem?
Amarillo came right with them.
The Roadrunners ended a recent poor stretch of play, getting well against an old
tonic called the WhiteWings, winning three of five over the weekend and getting some
outstanding performances to do so. They lost the opener at San Angelo Sunday, though,
and the lead over the Dillas is just one game.
Notable stars included Nelson Teilon, who homered in three of the five games,
and Wardell Starling, who pitched a one-hitter in the outing before the RGV series began,
for the best pitching performance in franchise history. Starling took the loss, his second
of the year, Sunday but his earlier 3-0 victory over Coastal Bend Aug. 10 salvaged a split,
and then the ‘Runners clouted their way past the Wings on the road.
The lead over the pesky Dillas has been slowly sinking away. Every move
Edinburg makes seems to be countered in kind by Amarillo. Finishing first in the ULB
will assure that if the two teams end up confronting each other in the playoffs - a likely
possibility right now as they are the two best teams and have been all season - the
homefield advantage will go to the Roadrunners.
Before dropping three of four at home to RGV in late July, Edinburg had swept
through 10 games against it without a loss. So the fact that the weekend tilts went well is
Now the unit is 44-31 and in San Angelo for four games against the Colts,
followed by a vital homestand against Laredo Aug. 19-22. As well as the ‘Runners have
done against RGV, they’ve fared equally poorly versus the Broncos. After that, the
Stadium will be the sight of the Series of the Year, as Amarillo comes calling Aug. 24-
The ‘Runners have not stood still over the past week. They reacquired first
baseman Daryl Jones from Amarillo (.307) after getting pitcher Carlos Rangel from
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It has been a season of redemption for former Roadrunner Eric Gonzalez.
After spending his entire career in Edinburg, the veteran La Feria native ended up with
Rio Grande Valley to start 2010, and despite the stress of changing teams for the first
time in nine seasons, the burly infielder has enjoyed a solid campaign.
He hit a career-low .228 in 2009 but has rebounded with a vengeance for the
WhiteWings. His two-run double Wednesday keyed a 7-run first-inning uprising against
Gonzalez’ longtime teammate, Eric Montoya. For the season, Gonzalez is at .305 with 46
RBI, showing he’s got plenty of left in the tank.
The Wings have been resurgent of late, rising from last place to .500 and a chance
to make the playoffs. They are third right now, seven games back.