East Texas suffers their first loss of the season at Brazos Valley, snapping a four-game winning streak.
The East Texas Pump Jacks went on the road Friday night to Bryan, Texas, to take on the Brazos Valley Bombers in a battle of the TCL’s two strongest teams in the season’s first week. For the first time this summer, the Jacks came out on the losing end, falling to the Bombers, 8-2.
Jason Jester (0-1) got the start for the Pump Jacks and after breezing through the first inning with a strikeout, he ran into trouble in the second. The Bombers got the first three runners on base via an error and two singles, but the Hallsville native was able to minimize the damage. Jester surrendered two runs, one earned, in the frame.
After three scoreless innings to lead off the game for the Pump Jacks, East Texas got to Brazos Valley starter Damien Rivera in the fourth. With two outs, Colton Bickerstaff drew a walk, and a passed ball moved him to second. Louie Helmburg then drove him home with a single to cut the Bombers’ lead to 3-2.
But the Bombers came back in the home half of the frame, scoring six runs in the bottom of the fourth. Included in the big inning was a grand slam by Braden Mattson.
Over the rest of the game, Braden Strickland held the Bombers at bay. The Gun Barrel City native pitched the final 4.1 innings and gave up just two hits and two walks with five strikeouts.
Bickerstaff went 1-for-3 with a walk, a run scored, and an RBI double for the Pump Jacks.
Jester took the loss for East Texas, while Rivera (1-0) earned the win for the Bombers.
The Jacks return to historic Driller Park Saturday night for the Diamond Dash presented by Jim Bartlett Fine Jewelry. One lucky woman will go home with a FREE diamond ring! Every woman 18 and older will be eligible to participate in the Diamond Dash, which will take place on the field after the Jacks battle the Woodlands Strykers.
Sunday is the first Dog Days of Summer promotion, when fans can enjoy $1 hot dogs throughout the game. Every Sunday and Monday home game will feature the dollar dogs, beginning with this Sunday’s contest against the Strykers.
First pitch for both games is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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