Cowboys Take First of Four from Diablos 6-3
Josh Cruse, the starter for the Cowboys, was in trouble in each of the six innings he pitched. In all but the first inning he was able to pitch out of the jam. He did himself no favors in that first inning as he committed two errors. In each inning but the second he had a runner on third. In the second Billy Crowe threw out Tim O'Callahan trying to steal third. Was it a masterful performance such as the one Brett Kennedy threw on Thursday? No. But was he effective and did he pitch well when necessary? Yes. Cruse picked up the win as Ryan Rogers notched a save.
In that first inning, Ray Roman drew a one out walk. He moved to second when Malguiel Brito reached on the first of two errors by Cruse. Corben Green then doubled to drive in Roman. After Larry Rodriguez hit into a 1-5 fielders choice to cut down Brito at the plate, Cruse committed another error to load the bases and then hit Yuki Yasuda with a pitch to force in Corben Green with the second Diablo run. Matt Kirkwood struck out to end the inning but the Diablos drew first blood and led 2-0 after one.
The Cowboys would score two in the bottom of the second. Riley Smith singled. Matt Henrickson reached on an error by the Diablo third baseman with Smith stopping at second. Billy Crowe lifted a lazy fly ball to right that the outfielder misplayed. With only one out, the Cowboy runners had to remain close to the bag and when the error was made could only move up a base to load them up. Josh Cruse struck out but John Hotta came through with a two out two run single scoring Smith and Henrickson. The game was now tied at 2 apiece.
Austin Prott was hit by a pitch to lead off the third. Anthony Renteria doubled to score Prott and after Riley Smith popped up to third, Matt Henrickson tripled to deep left center, the ball getting by the Diablo outfielder, scoring Renteria. The Cowboys were up 4-2.
The Cowboys scored a single run in the sixth for a 5-2 lead and after the teams traded runs in the eighth, the stage was set for the ninth.
Ryan Rogers came in to pitch the ninth. He gave up a double to the lead off man Malguiel Brito. Corben Green then grounded weakly to Brian Millimen at first moving Brito to third. Larry Rodriguez then walked to put runners at first and third with one out. Rogers struck out Jean Batista and Derek Voigt to preserve the win for Cruse (3-0) and pick up his fourth save.
The Cowboys play a single game tonight and a double header on Sunday against these same Diablos then getting a much needed 2 days off on Monday and Tuesday. They open a four game set against the Fuego in Sante Fe on Wednesday before going to Roswell to face the Invaders for four games beginning next Saturday.
The win puts the Cowboys at 14-5 on the season. The Roswell Invaders lost to the Raton Osos last night and fell to 12-5 two games behind the Cowboys in the Southern Division of the Pecos League.
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