Game of the Week Review:
The undefeated New Orleans Pelicans, now 9-3, finally took their first loss of the season during the first game of their series against Houston, 6-7. New Orleans had trouble mustering offense most of the game, however they managed to score 5 runs in the top of the 9th to tie the game. The 5 run offensive explosion was not enough though, Houston’s Martin Ernandez drove in the final game winning run in the 9th. These 5 runs were the first given up by the mighty bullpen arm of Ben Galloway who has been very strong to start the season, after this poor outing he threw 4 innings 7 Ks and only 2 hits in his next two outings of the series. Houston improves to 7-5 and Richardo Escobedo has a lot to do that, 8-18 during the series against and ended his 8 game hitting streak in the final game going 0-3.
VA 3B Eric Meyer will have a nagging groin for the next few weeks, AUS SS Oscar Enriquez gets hit with a fractured thumb and will be sidelined for 5 weeks.
SM continues their tear down of the major league roster sending Vinny Torres to the Pelicans for a couple young SS, 19 y/o SP Arturo Villamar, and a couple draft picks.
Stuttgart and Manchester stay neck and neck at 8-4 after a pair of split series for the clubs.
Seville takes their first loss however take the series 3-1 to stay atop the standings 11-1
North London and Manchester City follow suit with the Tier 1 teams and split there respected series to remain atop the standings
OOTP Game of the Week Recap:
The Houston Black Gold downed the New Orleans Pelicans, 7-6, at Ballpark of Houston. The Black Gold were led by Ricardo Escobedo, who captured player of the game honors. He was 4 for 5 with a home run, a double, and 2 singles. He scored 2 runs and drove in 2. Houston reliever Zaire Camara got the win, raising his record to 1-1. Jim Stockdale was tagged with the loss. Losses have been few and far between for the Pelicans, who are now 8-1.
Martin Ernandez was the walk-off hero for Houston. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Black Gold pinch hitter hit a dramatic run-scoring double to send the teams home.
“Our guys are never satisfied,” said Houston manager Melvin Lazaro.