Texas League South (Affiliate, First Half Record/Second Half Record)
*Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros), 47-23/38-32
#Midland RockHounds (Oakland A’s), 33-37/45-25
San Antonio Missions (San Diego Padres), 33-37/36-34
Frisco RoughRiders (Texas Rangers), 38-31/24-45
*First Half Champion
#Second Half Champion
Leading Off, Corpus Christi Hooks
Thursday, September 1st: 0-3 L @ Frisco
Second half darling Ramon Laureano stole his seventh base to go along with a hit and a walk.Drew Ferguson also tallied the same minus a stolen base. Ryan Deemes threw 2.2 innings of run-free ball out of the pen and was followed by Ryan Thompson who went two and also allowed no runs.
Friday, September 2nd: 6-7 L @ Frisco
Laureano went 3-for-4 with another stolen base (8). He also walked, drove in a run and scored twice to raise his batting average to .333. Second baseman Nick Tanielu hit his seventh home run and catcher Garrett Stubbs had two hits. Chase McDonald went 2-for-4 with a walk and two RBIs (53).
Saturday, September 3rd: 7-1 W @ San Antonio
Ferguson hit his third Double-A home run and walked three times. Third baseman J.D. Davis got a delayed start to a gigantic week. He went 2-for-4 with two doubles (34) and drove in three to bring his season total up to 75. Stubbs had two more hits, improving to .325. Laureano stole a base for the third straight day (9) and also threw out a runner at home.
In his second Double-A start Dean Deetz was just as dominant as his first one. He went six innings for the win (2-0) and allowed just one hit. He struck out eight, walked two and did not allow a run.
Sunday, September 4th: 4-2 W @ San Antonio
Monday, September 5th: 4-2 W @ San Antonio
Trailing 2-0 in the ninth, Davis hit a go-ahead grand slam (23rd home run) and finished the year above with 81 RBIs. Laureano stole his 10th base—4th of the week—and also went 2-for-3 with a walk. Ferguson and James Ramsay went 2-for-4 with a run scored, and Tanielu stole his first base of the year in the final game.
Cy Sneed was very effective in five innings. He gave up three hits and struck out four.
Batting Second, Midland RockHounds
Thursday, September 1st: 1-3 L vs. San Antonio
J.P Sportman and Danny Oh each doubled and had two hits. It was the 28th double for Sportman.
Friday, September 2nd: 5-8 L vs San Antonio (11)
Viosergy Rosa had a big, big day. He went 3-for-5 with two homers, numbers eight and nine. He drove in five runs (57) as well. Max Schrock went 3-for-5. Yairo Munoz and Tyler Marincovwere 2-for-5 with runs scored.
In his Double-A debut, 2015 first rounder Richie Martin was immediately impressive. He walked twice and stole a base (1). Sportman stole two bases (17), both in the same inning, and threw out a runner at third base.
Trey Cochran-Gill was six up, six down out of the bullpen with a strikeout.
Saturday, September 3rd: 10-3 W @ Frisco
Sportman continued a grand finale with a 4-for-5 game. He stole his 18th base and raised his batting average to .278. Martin was at it again on day two, going 2-for-5 with a triple (1) and five RBIs (5). Strong hitting catcher Andy Paz went 3-for-5 to improve to .320 and James Harris had two RBIs. Joe Bennie scored twice, and
Schrock had two hits including his first Double-A double and drove in a run.
Ben Bracewell went six innings for his eighth win. He allowed five hits, two runs and had a 3:0 K:BB ratio. Reliever Lou Trivino allowed an unearned run in an otherwise clean inning.
Sunday, September 4th: 5-4 W/2-1 W @ Frisco
Game 1: Martin went 3-for-3 with two more RBIs (7) and stole another base (2) to continue a massive opening week at Midland. Oh went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Rosa was 1-for-2 with a pair of free passes. Munoz (6) and Tyler Marincov (7) each stole a base.
Monday, September 5th: 1-5 L @ Frisco
Wade Kirkland played all nine positions in this one. With the bat he went 1-for-4 and on the arm he gave up a hit to his only batter in the 8th inning. Still a very cool accomplishment for the 27-year old. Rosa and leadoff man Brett Vertigan were 2-for-4. Rosa drove in his 58th run.
Brandon Mann struck out seven in five innings. He walked just one.
In the Hole, San Antonio Missions
Thursday, September 1st: 3-1 W @ Midland
Ryan Miller has finished 2016 very well. He DH’d on Thursday and hit his seventh home run.Franchy Cordero and Gabriel Quintana had two hits and a stolen base, their 12th and fifth respectively. Kyle Lloyd delivered a great start with seven superb innings. He allowed one run on just four hits and won game number seven.
Friday, September 2nd: 8-5 W @ Midland (11)
while Ryan Miller had himself a pair of hits and runs batted in. Miller also walked. Auston Bousfield stole his ninth base.
Saturday, September 3rd: 1-7 L vs. Corpus Christi
Jake Smith had a perfect inning out of the bullpen. Five Missions had a hit to account for the offensive production.
Sunday, September 4th: 2-4 L vs. Corpus Christi
2015 fourth round pick Austin Allen DH’d in his second Double-A game and hit his first home run as part of a two-hit ballgame. Right fielder Nick Schulz was 2-for-3 with two doubles (23) and drove in his 50th run and walked. Bousfield had two hits as well.
Trey McNutt was three up, three down and lowered his season ERA to 1.5.
Monday, September 5th: 2-4 L vs. Corpus Christi
First baseman Taylor Lindsay went 2-for-3. Bousfield walked twice and scored a run. Miller was back at DH and drove in two. Josh VanMeter was 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored. Starting pitcher Tim Berry pitched six scoreless, allowing just four hits and striking out four to three walks.
Hitting Cleanup, Frisco RoughRiders
Thursday, September 1st: 3-0 W vs. Corpus Christi
Edwin Garcia, Joe Jackson and Carson Blair had two hits. Darin Mastroianni doubled his stolen base total to four and Garcia also stole his fourth bag. Connor Sadzeck struck out eight in five and two thirds. He finished the year with 133 strikeouts, one behind Northwest Arkansas’ Erik Skoglund.
Friday, September 2nd: 7-6 W vs. Corpus Christi
Third baseman Andy Ibanez went 2-for-3 with a walk, a triple (2) and two runs scored. Mastroianni had two hits as well and stole another base, his fifth. Garcia also stole another base and it was also his fifth. DH Alexeis Bell drove in two (9) and the mid-season Cuban signing raised his batting average to .284.
Saturday, September 3rd: 3-10 L vs. Midland
Sunday, September 4th: 4-5 L/1-2 L vs. Midland
Game 2: The veteran Mastroianni finished the season strong. He went 2-for-4 with a double (5) and scored twice. The hot hitting Eduard Pinto went 2-for-3 with his 10th RBI. Garcia was 2-for-4 and Ibanez drove in his 30th run.
Monday, September 5th: 5-1 W vs. Midland
A cherry on top for Mastroianni. He went 2-for-3 on Monday with two runs, a double (6), walk and RBI. Pinto was 2-for-4 with two RBIs (12) and Luis Marte stole his sixth base. Garcia, Kiner-Falefa and Joe Jackson had two hits as well.
Veteran Scott Carroll pitched 5.1 scoreless. He surrendered just four hits and no walks, struck out two and picked up his second win. Ledbetter pitched 1.2 scoreless and Grullon struck out one batter in a perfect inning.