Geraldo Valentin clubbed two home runs to carry the Abilene Prairie Dogs (22-32) to a 21-8 win over the McAllen Thunder (20-36) at Walt Driggers Field.
Valentin racked up six RBIs on four hits for the Abilene Prairie Dogs. He singled in the fourth inning, homered in the first and sixth innings, and doubled in the eighth innings.
Both squads had things going at the plate, tallying 29 runs and 25 hits, including zero extra base hits. Managers of the two teams seemingly emptied their bullpens in search of the win, as there were 11 pitchers used in the game.
The Abilene Prairie Dogs blew out the McAllen Thunder thanks to 17 hits, including zero extra base hits. The Abilene Prairie Dogs scored nine runs in the eighth on a wild pitch, , , a hit by pitch, , an RBI double by Valentin, a two-run double by Valentin, and an RBI single by Danny Gonzalez.
The game was back-and-forth heading into the third, with four lead changes.
The Abilene Prairie Dogs took the lead in the third inning and held on for the victory. A groundout by Jason Martin scored Gonzalez and gave the Abilene Prairie Dogs the lead for good.
Jeremy Tietze improved to 2-3 on the year by picking up the win for the Abilene Prairie Dogs. He allowed four runs over two innings. He struck out none, walked five and surrendered two hits.
Jeff Sakowski couldn't get it done on the bump for the McAllen Thunder, taking a loss. He lasted just three innings, walked two, struck out none, and allowed three runs.
The Abilene Prairie Dogs pounded the McAllen Thunder pitching, as six hitters combined for 15 hits, 17 RBIs and 17 runs scored.