Pump Jacks nab 4th straight win
July 2, 2013 at 11 p.m.
KILGORE - New Diana's Jordan Price set it up and J.J. Franklin slammed the door Tuesday night as the East Texas Pump Jacks picked up their fourth-straight Texas Collegiate League win in a 3-2 battle over the Victoria Generals at Driller Park.
Price showed command throughout and struck out four in 6 1/3 innings of work, giving way to Franklin, a Cal Poly Pomona sophomore, who picked up his second win of the season. Franklin struck out five on one hit in 2 2/3 innings of relief.
The pitching duo overcame four Pump Jack errors as Victoria stranded eight on the bases - five in the first three innings and four in scoring position overall in the contest.
Kilgore's Matthew Dickey finished 2-for-4 at the plate with an RBI and swiped his 13th base of the season as the Pump Jacks picked up their eighth win in the last 11 games to bump their overall TCL record to 14-15.
Texas sophomore Brooks Marlow turned in the Pump Jacks' other multi-hit night, finishing 2-for-3 to boost his season average to a TCL-leading .380. Kansas State's Mitch Meyers and UNLV's Joey Armstrong posted RBI groundouts for the Pump Jacks, who have won four straight for the third time this season.
Hayden Vesely finished 2-for-4 for Victoria, which remains in second in the TCL with a 17-12 record. Jacob Hubert and Drew Featherston turned in RBIs at the bottom of the Generals' lineup.
Dickey drew a seven-pitch walk to lead off the contest for the Pump Jacks before moving to third with a stolen base and a passed ball. The SFA freshman scored on an RBI fielder's choice from Meyer to give the Pump Jacks a quick 1-0 lead.
Zach Jones belted a two-out single and scored two batters later on an RBI single to the right-center gap from Dickey as the Pump Jacks pushed their lead to 2-0 after two innings of play.
Victoria put the leadoff batter on in two of the first three innings but left five stranded on the bases as Price struck out one in each inning.
Frank Cloutier reached on a fielder's choice and took third base on a passed ball before scoring on a two-out RBI single from Featherston to put the Generals on the board in the top of the fourth inning.
Two infield errors after a leadoff single knotted the contest at 2-2 in the fourth inning.
Franklin took over in relief in the top of the seventh inning with one away and struck out five the rest of the way, facing one above the minimum for his second win.
Marlow roped a double down the first-base line, followed by single from Meyer to put runners on second and third with no outs. A hard-hit grounder from Armstrong to the Generals' third baseman plated Marlow as the Pump Jacks reclaimed the lead for the 3-2 final.
Victoria leads the season series against the Pump Jacks with a 3-2 record.
The two will wrap up their two-game series at 7:05 p.m. tonight at Driller Park in the last game of the first half of the TCL season.
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