Viosergy Rosa hit two homeruns and drove-in eight runs in the Midland RockHounds’ 9-2 win over the San Antonio Missions in game one of the Texas League semi-final series. Meanwhile, in Modesto, the Stockton Ports dropped a 4-3 decision to the Modesto Nuts in game one of the California League semi-final series.
Rosa, whose walk-off grandslam turned the tide in the Texas League semi-final series last year, put together another legendary post-season performance on Wednesday. In addition to his two homers, he doubled. He was part of a 13-hit Midland attack. Sean Murphy also homered and he had three hits, while Jermaine Curtis and Jordan Tarsovich each had two hits.
A.J. Puk got the start and he threw four scoreless innings despite battling his command a bit. Puk walked four but he struck-out eight and he allowed just two hits. Joel Seddon allowed two runs in two innings, but Carlos Navas worked two scoreless innings and Cody Stull worked his way out of a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the ninth to keep the Missions off of the board.
The two teams meet again in San Antonio on Thursday before traveling to Midland for game three on Friday. The series is a best-of-five.
The Stockton Ports traveled down the road to Modesto for game one of their semi-final series. The game featured a solid pitching match-up with Logan Shore on the mound for Stockton and Nathan Bannister on the mound for Modesto.
Shore went four innings, allowing a run on three hits and one walk. He struck-out six. Shore left the game after finishing the fourth inning with a tag-play at home where he may have jammed his hand.
The Ports had a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the fifth thanks to a two-run homer by Sandber Pimentel. However, the lead was short-lived, as Angel Duno allowed three runs in one-third of an inning. The game would remain 4-2 until the ninth, when Mikey White singled home Brett Siddall with two outs. Pimentel came up representing the go-ahead run, but he grounded out to the pitcher to end the game.
Game two of the series will take place in Modesto on Thursday and will head to Stockton on Friday. The series is also best of five.
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