Six days ago, Khris Tate and Josh Branstetter faced off at historic Driller Park in the first-ever game between the East Texas Pump Jacks and Alexandria Aces. The Pump Jacks rolled to a 6-2 victory behind Tate, who carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning.
The Pump Jacks were hoping for a repeat Sunday night. What they got was a reversal of fortune.
The Aces turned the tables on the Jacks, holding East Texas to four hits to take the contest by a 4-0 score.
The outcome came despite Blake Ellender’s two walks and a pair of hits from Aaron McCain, as well as a strong relief appearance by Andy Steinmetz. It was the first time in 2010 the Pump Jacks didn’t get a runner across the plate.
Branstetter, using a good fastball and timely defense, got the win with 6.2 shutout innings. He struck out eight Pump Jack batters but was in trouble a few times.
Down 2-0, Jesse Santo led off the fourth inning lining a shot to right-center field. He rounded first aggressively and eased into second base with a double as the center fielder kicked the ball. Brandon Wood sacrificed Santo to third, but he was stranded there as the next two batters popped out to the first baseman,
Tate opened the game loading the bases on two hits and a hit batter, but he escaped the jam with an infield fly and fielder’s choice.
The Aces got to him in the second inning, as two runs came around on two soft singles and a bloop double. They scored the final two runs of the game off Steinmetz on a single in the sixth after an error extended the frame.
Steinmetz took over for Tate in the third inning and allowed just three hits and the two unearned runs while striking out four. Chase Adams and Chase Traffica had scoreless relief outings to finish the game.
Ellender provided the defensive highlight of the contest, making a long run and dive into left-center field to rob Matt Holsman of a seventh-inning hit.
The Jacks welcome the McKinney Marshals back to East Texas on Monday night for the first of three consecutive games between the two squads. The two teams will battle twice at historic Driller Park before the scene shifts to McKinney on Wednesday.
Monday and Tuesday will see the return of two popular promotions featuring Pump Jacks concessions. Monday night is Kids Eat Free Night, where children at the ballpark get a free dinner on the Jacks! Upon entering the ballpark, children 12 and under will receive a voucher for a complimentary hot dog, regular drink and chips!
Pump Jacks Dollar Days are back on Tuesday for the Jacks close out four straight home games. All night long, regular drinks, regular hot dogs and popcorn are just $1 for everyone in attendance!
After the Pump Jacks travel to McKinney on Wednesday, they return home for another popular promotion: Thirsty Thursday presented by 96X. Beat the heat with 12-ounce draft beers for just one dollar and regular soft drinks for only 50 cents! Enjoy discounted drinks while the Jacks tangle with the Texas Tomcats on Thirsty Thursday presented by 96X.
The Tomcats stay in town for another night, and for good reason: Fireworks Friday presented by KLTV News. The Pump Jacks will light up the night sky with a spectacular post-game fireworks display Friday night, set to a brand-new soundtrack. Fireworks Friday presented by KLTV News always impresses, so don’t miss it!
East Texas closes out the homestand next Saturday, June 26, with another Saturday Giveaway. Join the Jacks as they face the defending TCL champion North Texas Copperheads, but come early for your chance to walk away with some valuable gear.
Pump Jacks Nation is now on Facebook! Visit the East Texas Pump Jacks official team page on Facebook to follow all the news and gossip about the Pump Jacks, post your thoughts on the Jacks 2010 season, upload photos, and interact with other fans. Plus, the Jacks will post specials and discounts just for the Facebook community on the page! Click the link on the left side of the Pump Jacks web site or at the top of every news article on the site, and join Pump Jacks Nation on Facebook!
The Pump Jacks are still seeking families to host players. Hosting a player is a great experience that forges a lifelong bond with a young man, a relationship that transcends the game of baseball. Host families also receive free season tickets for every member of their household. If you’re interested in finding out more about the host family program, please contact the Pump Jacks at (903) 218-GO ET or email@example.com.
To follow all Pump Jacks news, including player awards, game stories and promotions, log on to the team’s official Website at www.pumpjacksbaseball.com.