For a fourth straight year, the Midland RockHounds are playing for the Texas League title. After a stirring eighth-inning comeback on Saturday night to force a Game 5, the RockHounds took an early lead and never looked back in a 4-1, series-clinching win over the San Antonio Missions.
The RockHounds got off to a quick start, scoring twice in the first inning on a San Antonio error and a Sheldon Neuse RBI groundout. In the second inning, the RockHounds padded their lead when Sean Murphy hit his second homer of the series, this one a solo shot. Midland would score once more in the eighth inning on a Max Schrock sacrifice fly.
Four runs were more than enough for starter Joel Seddon and company. Seddon worked five innings, allowing only a Fernando Tatis, Jr. solo homer. He gave up just two hits, didn’t walk a batter and he struck-out one. Brandon Mann (1.2 innings), Tyler Sturdevant (1.1 innings) and Kyle Finnegan (1 inning) combined to retire the Missions in order over the final four innings of the game. Midland pitchers needed just 119 pitches to get through nine innings.
The RockHounds will take on the Tulsa Drillers (Dodgers) for the Texas League title. Midland is seeking an unprecedented fourth Texas League title in a row. The RockHounds are the first Texas League team to reach the finals four years in a row since the Jackson Mets did it from 1983-1987.
The finals will begin in Midland on Tuesday at 6:30pm. The series will be a best-of-five.
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