It was a HUGE night at George Dobson Field as the Texarkana Twins by beating Baton Rouge by 8 points to regain a winning season record. You will want to buy tickets to the game tomorrow night — July 10.The Twins (14-13) rebounded in a big way tonight, trouncing the visiting Baton Rouge Rougarou (8-22) by a score of 11-3. And it all started in the first inning.
The Rougarou struck first scoring a run off of Twins Starter Michael McElmeel but their lead did not last long as the Twins rode 3 straight Singles by the top of their lineup, which included Tom Lichty extending his hitting streak to 15 straight games with at least one hit, to plate a total of 3 runs in the first, thus taking a 3-1 lead.
And it would only get worse for the Rougarou from there. After a quiet second inning and top of the 3rd, Lee Thomas came up to the plate with 1 out and the bases empty in the Bottom of the 3rd.
He proceeded to clobber the first pitch to him and skied a ball over the right field wall for his team leading 4th Home Run of the season.
Then after the Twins put up 4 more runs in the 4th and adding one more in 5th to take a commanding 9-1 lead. The teams then both added 2 runs in the 8th inning to give us our final score of 11-3.
Not only was the offense fantastic, the pitching was great as well. The twins pitching staff had a rough road trip giving up 29 runs over 4 games but they found their grove again tonight.
Especially the tall righty Brock Booker. Booker came in during the 4th inning to relieve McElmeel (3.1 IP, 1 ER, 4 K) with 2 men on and 1 down in the inning.
Booker then proceeded to pitch 3.2 innings, striking out 5 and not allowing a single base runner. That performance, combined with the fact that McElmeel did not go 5 innings, earned Booker his first win on the season.
Overall it was a cathartic night for the Twins as they rebounded in a huge way.
The Twins will attempt to go for the series sweep against the Rougarou tomorrow night here at Geroge Dobson Field before having their first two days since the All-Star Break.
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