Just when everyone was moving on, writing their post-mortem and getting ready for high school football, the Roadrunners played their best series of the season, beating the first-place Colts three out of four to show that despite a poor record, they have started to find the right combinations on the diamond.
In Monday's clincher against San Angelo, assistant coach Ryan Falcon hurled the team's most outstanding effort of the season, a 5-hitter good for a 3-1 victory, raising the ‘Runners' overall record to 31-46. The 26-year-old righty fanned six for his second consecutive win, marking the third win in four games for the home side against the vaunted San Angelo lineup.
Not even the trade of leading offensive producer C.J. Beatty - to the Colts, no less, before the game - could stop Edinburg from sending the league leaders packing. Two runs scored in the third on a Colt error and Ossie Flores smacked an RBI hit thereafter, giving Falcon all the support he would need to salt away the match.
Former closer Julio Castro has taken the opener Friday with a solid start, and after Aaron Guerra was right on for a 9-1 decision Saturday, the Colts rebounded for an 11-1 triumph Sunday.
But at The Stadium Monday, in front of a tiny crowd one might come to expect on a weekday, Falcon was dominant, walking just one and working his way through the dangerous visiting lineup without a hitch.
Beatty, who was leading the club in homers, RBI, and average when dealt, said he was glad to be getting into a pennant race, having joined a team that has led the Southern Division of the North American League most of the summer. San Angelo has had RGV on its heels for over a month now and Beatty's addition provides a switch-hitter who can play left field, third base, or second, as he did against Edinburg Monday.
Former reliever Cory Goudeau was also recently picked up by the Colts to add depth in the bullpen. He reported that the Colts seem to be a good group of guys, and that even though the drive from the Valley to West Texas seemed to take forever, he's fired up to be with his new outfit.
NOTES: Outfielder Stantrel Smith got a base hit Monday and stole his 33rd base, and now has the average at .303. The ‘Runners are in Harlingen the next four days to see if their streak can continue against a WhiteWing contingent (45-31) that was just one games back of the Colts heading into Tuesday's action.