Bryan-College Station, TX (August 2, 2009) –
Joaquin Hinojosa homered and then came into pitch the ninth inning as the Brazos Valley Bombers shut out the Victoria Generals 3-0 tonight at Brazos Valley Bank Ballpark. Hinojosa tied the Bombers’ all-time home run record with his fourth home run of the season.
Much like the previous night, the game was a pitcher’s duel early on, as Aaron Daab and Covey Morrow battled it out for the first several innings. Daab, who was on a 65-pitch limit as he recovers from Tommy John Surgery, pitched four scoreless innings and struck out five.
The Bombers finally broke the scoreless tie in the sixth inning, as Clifton Thomas stole third base and advanced home after an errant throw by the Generals catcher Zach Briggs. Hinojosa then homered deep over the left field fence to put the Bombers ahead 2-0.
Brazos Valley was able to tack on another run in the following inning to extend the lead to 3-0. Garrett Fanchier was remarkable in relief, retiring 10 straight batters at one point to earn his fourth win of the season.
Hinojosa struck out one in the ninth inning to collect his sixth save of the season as the Bombers improved to 19-21 with the win. They ended the Generals’ seven game winning streak and came away with a series split.
The Bombers will face off against the Coppell Copperheads tomorrow as they try to move closer to clinching a playoff spot.
Marshals Lose Critical Pair to Coppell
The Marshals dropped both ends of a critical doubleheader with Coppell on Sunday at the The Gabe that put a dent in the team’s 2009 playoff hopes.
Both games were decided by the score of 3-2, as the Marshals came up short in two games that they desparately needed to win. The losses dropped their season record to 17-25, and moved the team into last place, 1 and 1/2 games behind Coppell for the fourth and final playoff spot with just four games remaining in the season.
McKinney travels to East Texas today to face the Pump Jacks, and then will host the Pump Jacks on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday to end the regular season.
Tuesday’s home game will be McKinney YMCA night, with free admission to any fans wearing YMCA shirts.