Steve Maddock is getting downright creative as he remakes the lineup to make a late run in the North American League; last week he got starts and wins from a former assistant coach and one from a former closer.

Monday the Roadrunners got a fine outing from assistant coach Ryan Falcon, who fanned 10 in six innings of work, allowing one run in what would eventually be a 7-4 victory. Falcon transitioned nicely from coaching first base and working with the pitchers, his duties all summer long. The 26-year-old lefty from North Carolina was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 2007 and in 235 innings in the minors, struck out 232 batters while going 17-9 overall. He joined the team to coach this year after having split 2010 with Frisco in the Texas League and Lake County of independent ball.

Another new face, Antonio de Jesus, batted leadoff and scored the first run of the game to key a 4-run first. De Jesus, an outfielder, was hitting .340 with Rio Grande Valley and arrived in town when the club traded infielder Wellington Dotel back to the Wings.

The 然unners were outhit 10-8 Monday but stole six bases, including four by Stantrel Smith, who upped his total to 30 for the season and got three hits to boot.

With recent additions Tim Haines, Jose Oyervidez, and Falcon now in the rotation, Aaron Guerra made his second straight relief appearance, with Mike Schurz getting his first save before a decent weekday crowd of 1,289.


What is it about the fourth inning that keeps baffling the home boys? Tuesday Toro Trevino allowed six runs in that frame as the 然unners dropped a 9-5 decision to McAllen. Despite getting 11 hits, including three from DeJesus and C.J. Beatty's 13th homer, the club lost to its local rival, thanks to three errors and 12 strikeouts at the plate. Trevino (4-5) has seen his ERA balloon to 6.25 this summer after a promising start.

With a chance to right the wrongs from Tuesday, Edinburg seemed ready to do it until allowing six runs in the ninth at home. Gone was a 6-3 lead and a fine outing from Haines, who allowed three runs in seven innings. The 9-6 loss was disappointing to say the least, wasting a season-high four RBI from Robert Matlock. Ex 然unner Wilson Batista did the damage off Mike Schurz with a 3-run homer in the last frame, and pushed his RBI total to 62 for the season.

Oyevidez turned in his second winning outing in a row, pitching seven innings with seven K's Thursday in a 9-3 victory for the 然unners. Matlock and Ossie Flores drove in three runs apiece as the offense notched three runs in the first and four in the third to make it a laugher early before a healthy Thirsty Thursday crowd of 3,729.

Friday was strange, with reliever Castro again on the hill as a starter, and it would get even stranger as the 然unners pounded league-leading San Angely by notching six runs in the sixth off Cory Goudeau. That's right, Goudeau, who pitched all summer for Edinburg, was traded to the Colts last week and ended up getting shelled Friday, after he'd come in for the fourth down 3-1. Castro meanwhile went seven innings, allowing one run and fanning six to advance to 3-1 for the year. The long-time closer has embraced the starter's role, and has always said that he'd do anything, including pick up a bat and take his hacks at the plate, to help the club win.

The win in the series opener against San Angelo was one of the highlights of the season, as the Colts came in hitting .309 as a team with 149 home runs in 73 games. Infielder Blake Sanders, who hit .244 for McAllen this summer, made his debut for the Roadrunners after having been acquired late in the week.

One of the club's lingering problems in 2011 has been the inability to get on a roll. Edinburg's longest winning streak this season is just four games, set June 24-26; other than that the best is three in a row July 5-7 and again recently. After Saturday's victory the Runners (30-46 coming out of the weekend) had a chance for four in a row before getting drubbed 11-1 by the Colts Sunday. The bats got just five hits in a one-sided affair, with the Colts looking to get revenge for consecutive losses to a team it had dominated all year coming into the series.

NOTES: Outfielder Cody McMorris, who began the summer with Edinburg, has resurfaced with the Thunder, and batted leadoff Monday, getting a base hit.

This has been a banner year for former Edinburg first baseman Daryl Jones, who had 26 homers and 80 RBI with a .348 average for San Angelo coming into the series. In 2008 D.J. went 11-53-.288 for the Coyotes and then in 2010 was a combined 14-59-.303 with the 然unners and Colts. The Padres draft pick (2004) should find himself back in affiliated ball soon.

The Roadrunner finished up with San Angelo Monday and then were off to Harlingen for four midweek games against the second-place WhiteWings.