>Atlanta, GA (USMLB AP) – A walk with the bases loaded to Daniel Diaz and a two-out two-run single by Tomas Roque proved to be the difference in the ninth inning, giving Houston the Game 4 win, 6-2, and the commanding 3-1 series lead.
“That’s all you need with the bases loaded… an easy single can bring you in two runs, and that’s exactly what happened,” Houston manager Ernie Key said. “Roque made contact, and it brought in two runs… it’s a text book play.”
“All I wanted to do was put the ball in play, and that’s what I did,” Roque admitted. “I was hoping to hit it out of the park, but I’ll take the single.”
Roque was 2-for-5 brought in three Hitmen on the night while Diaz brought in two, including the RBI on the walk in the top of the ninth. Todd Kirk brought in a run as well.
Kordell Trunk earned the win for the Hitmen, his second on the season, after pitching two innings and giving up two hits while striking out one. Mariano Belliard cleaned up the bottom of the ninth inning, but was not given a save as it was not a save opportunity. Hitmen starter Alberto Sanchez pitched six innings, giving up eight hits and two earned runs, while walking two and striking out four.
William Hanson was tagged with the loss for Atlanta, pitching 1.1 innings and giving the Hitmen the lead with the bases loaded walk and single.