EDINBURG – OK, it's official: Ryan Falcon is the man.
The righthander who spent much of the season as an assistant coach improved to 3-0 Saturday night in an 8-0 Edinburg win, taking a no-hitter into the seventh against McAllen. He allowed two hits, completed the seventh, and the ‘Runners scored the triumph.
Gabe Memmert continued to break out of a slump with three hits and three RBI, as the team headed into the last weeks of the NAL campaign.
Since becoming a starter, Falcon has been awesome, mixing a popping fastball with excellent offspeed stuff. He's hit his spots, gone inside on hitters at the right time, and seems to seldom make a bad pitch. He beat McAllen July 9, San Angelo July 15, and totally dominated the Thunder Saturday.
Failing to keep it going, Edinburg suffered a 2-1 defeat Sunday against the Thunder, wasting a solid start from Tim Haines by losing in the bottom of the ninth.
Earlier in the week, the ‘Runners had done their best to thwart the playoff plans of the WhiteWings, but the Harlingen club ended up winning three of four. The last two games of the series went into extra innings, as Edinburg won the longest match of the year Thursday, 4-2 in 16 innings and then RGV took a 12-inning victory the next night, 4-3.
Julio Castro turned in another solid start with seven innings Thursday, but the count remained tied at 2-2 until the 16th when the ‘Runners pushed across the winning tallies. Friday it was Toro Trevino's turn to shine on the mound, as he allowed just five hits in seven frames and his mates rallied in the eighth to knot it at three when R.J. Harris singled in a run and Ossie Flores scored on a passed ball. RGV finally ended it in the 12th with a run, to win the series.
Edinburg wraps up the summer campaign with four against San Angelo through Aug. 28 at The Stadium.