The expression, “You never know what you’ll see when you come to the ballpark” has been proven true time and again.
The Victoria Generals provided their fans with a few surprises before walking off with an 8-7, 10-inning win over the Texas Marshals late Friday night at Riverside Stadium.
The Generals rallied from a three-run deficit only to lose the lead, have their head coach and a player ejected, before retaking and losing the lead, and going to extra innings for the second straight night to sweep the two-game series.
Chase Evans hit a one-out single in the 10th inning and stole second base.
Evans then broke for third, and when the ball went off of catcher Bryce Donovan’s glove, he continued home to score the winning run.
The Marshals had taken an early lead on Jordan Hollins’ three-run home run in the first inning.
The Generals scored a run in the first on a wild pitch and tied the game in the third on a triple by Luis Vargas and a sacrifice fly by Marshall Skinner.
The Generals took the lead in the fifth when Anthony Jones tripled and scored on a passed ball.
But the lead disappeared in the sixth inning, when the Marshals batted around and scored three runs to go up 6-4.
The inning also featured the ejection of Generals head coach Michael Oros and pitcher Pedro Garcia.
Oros was not pleased with the home plate umpire’s balls and strikes calls and let him know about it during a visit to the mound.
The argument got testy before Oros could return to the dugout and he received his second ejection of the season, meaning he must sit out one game.
Much to the delight of the crowd, Oros threw a bucket of balls toward home plate before leaving the field.
While the Generals were picking up the balls, Garcia, who had received a bench warning earlier in the game, charged at the umpire and was restrained by Marshals head coach Ricky VanAsselberg.
The Generals scored three runs to regain the lead in the bottom of the inning on a triple by Skinner and singles by Evans and Kyle Boudreaux.
But they missed a chance to break the game open when they hit into three consecutive fielder’s choices with the bases loaded.
The Marshals tied the game at 7 in the eighth when Zavier Moore, who had five hits, doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly.
Kyle Rogers, who struck out the only batter he faced in the top of the 10th, was the winning pitcher.