The rollercoaster went up the past two weeks for the Roadrunners, as they rallied for six wins in a row heading into the last four weeks of the season.
As August began Edinburg split with first-place San Angelo on the road, notching a pair of one-run wins against the highly touted Colts. Hunter Owen homered and drove in three July 31 for a 4-3 victory to start the series, and after two losses the Valley squad scored three in the ninth to come from behind for a 6-5 decision Aug. 3. Robert Matlock, among the league’s top 10 in hitting at .328, had three base knocks along with Eric Gonzalez that night.
Then it was home for four against Amarillo, and the Runners completed a vital sweep at just the right time, getting superb starts from all four pitchers in the series, allowing just five runs in four wins. Miguel Martinez started it off by giving up only four hits in eight innings Aug. 4 and the offense contributed a 7-run third inning in a 10-1 rout.
Next it was a 2-1 thriller with the team punching across two in the bottom of the ninth to support Danny Rondon (4-0), who has given Manager Vince Moore a huge boost this summer since coming aboard in July.
Edinburg blasted the Dillas the next night, 6-1 thanks to three hits from steady outfielder Vincent Blue and eight great innings of three-hit ball from resurgent veteran Eric Montoya (4-1) on the hill.
The home side wrapped up the sweep Aug. 7 with a 3-2 victory, as Pedro Flores gave up four hits in eight frames and Nick Aranda singled twice with a stolen base. The awesome arm display continued as the Runners started a 4-gamer with Laredo Saturday, winning 3-1 for their sixth triumph in a row. Tim Haines hurled his second complete game of 2009, fanning two in the ninth to hold off Amarillo, with Owen going deep for his fourth homer of the year.
Along with the super pitching, the team has begun to hit the ball with regularity, having raised its composite average 10 points in three weeks, to .268. The Runners were putting it all together when it mattered most, climbing into a second-place tie with flagging Amarillo as the stretch run appeared on the horizon.
After the Laredo series the team was to travel to Harlingen for four against the WhiteWings ending up Aug. 15. Then the schedule calls for a home series with Coastal Bend Aug. 16-19, four at Laredo Aug. 20-23, four at San Angelo Aug. 24-7, and the final quarter of the year, at Amarillo Aug. 28-31.
Despite facing the final dozen contests on the road, the Runners were clicking on all cylinders, and looked like a good bet to clinch a ULB postseason spot; the playoffs begin in early September.
Matlock leads the way with a .328 mark while Owen (.313), Carlos Hereaud (.307) and infielder Wilmer Pino (.303) are also hot at the plate right now.