It’s been a solid start for the Roadrunners in their return to town after three years, as the team compiled a 6-3 record heading into a doubleheader at Amarillo Sunday, good enough for first place in the ULB. After sweeping a 4-game series against Laredo at the Stadium to begin the campaign, Manager Vince Moore’s group split four with Coastal Bend up in Corpus Christi before heading to the Panhandle to tackle Amarillo.
The Runners lost their first effort against Coastal Bend June 15, as former UT national champ Bryan Herrera lasted just 3 innings in his first start, which ended in a 7-4 loss. Veteran Pedro Flores pitched into the seventh inning the next night but the Thunder defeated him and the Runners, 6-3.
Edinburg rebounded to take the next two, with Eric Montoya contributing six strong innings in an 8-3 win June 17 and ex-UTPA star Tim Haines getting the W the next night at the Dilla Villa. Montoya is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA so far this season. In the latter win, Eric Gonzalez broke out of a slump with a three-run home run in the first to lead the way.
Lefty Miguel Martinez drew the start for the squad June 19 against the Dillas to open the series, but the offense was quiet in a 3-2 loss. Saturday’s game was rained out, leading to the doubleheader Sunday.
The Runners will finish up the road trip with four games against arch-rival Harlingen Wednesday through Saturday at the WhiteWings’ home park, and be back at the Stadium Sunday, June 28 to begin a homestand against San Angelo. They welcome the Wings to town July 2-5.
So far, the Runners have gotten decent starts on the mound and good bullpen work. While the batters have produced just four homers (three in one game against Laredo June 14), there are four players hitting over .300. First baseman Bryon Smith leads the way at .375 with shortstop Angel Reyes at .345, catcher Osiel Flores at .333, and DH Robert Matlock at .314.
Matlock is first with 10 runs scored, while second baseman Andre Hereaud paces the team with 11 RBI. Reyes and McAllen native Flores have knocked in nine apiece.