Mavericks drop series, prepare for Windy City

Sunday, July 3, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:40 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 8, 2008

The River City Rascals completed their sweep of Mid-Missouri on Saturday night, powering past the Mavericks 11-6 at T.R. Hughes Ballpark in O’Fallon.

Mike Madrid and Justin McKinley hit home runs for the Rascals (20-15).

Mavericks starter Auggie Rodriguez took the loss, falling to 0-4 this season. The Mavericks are 11-24.

OFF THE BOTTOM: Although they lost their seventh consecutive game Saturday, the Mavericks do not occupy the West Division basement.

Mid-Missouri holds a half-game edge on the Windy City ThunderBolts for fifth place. Before the current skid, the Mavericks had been as high as fourth in the standings.

The battle for Frontier League futility starts at 6:05 tonight at Taylor Stadium. Windy City is in town through Tuesday.

OPEN FOR QUESTIONS: Inquisitive Mavericks’ fans can e-mail questions to the team’s play-by-play announcer, Jeremy Marks-Peltz, and have the answers addressed on the air … eventually.

KFRU/1400 AM is in its first season broadcasting the Mavericks. But the station is also under contract to carry Cardinals games, so Mavericks games are usually taped and aired at midnight.

Marks-Peltz can be reached at

METHENY STREAKING: Left fielder Brent Metheny extended his hitting streak to 19 games Friday night, the longest current streak in the league.

Metheny is batting .388, third-best in the league. He ranks second in doubles, fourth in hits and on-base percentage and fifth in slugging percentage.

He is creeping upon the league record hit streak of 30, shared by Mike Robertson and Mike Galloway.

Galloway, the Florence Freedom’s center fielder, hit safely in the first 30 games of 2005. He will likely be a teammate of Metheny’s in the Frontier League All-Star game July 13 in Washington, Pa.

WIDE GAP: Kalamazoo outscored Mid-Missouri 38-9 during a sweep last Monday through Wednesday. That is the biggest margin for the Mavericks in a three-game series this season.

Their widest margin of defeat in a single game in 2005 is 14 runs. Twice the Mavericks were beaten 16-2, June 16 by Florence and June 28 by Kalamazoo.

Conversely, the Mavericks’ most lopsided win was by 17 runs. They pounded Chillicothe 18-1 June 17.

NO DELAY: Mavericks’ ace Steve Soja (3-4, 3.35 ERA) is the fastest worker on the pitching staff.

The average time of the right-hander’s starts is 2 hours and 57 minutes. His quickest outing, a complete-game loss to Chillicothe June 18, lasted 2 hours and 1 minute.

“I love catching for Soja,” catcher Matt Oakes said. “He gets on the mound and you put a sign down, he’s ready to go. He doesn’t shake very often. He trusts me back there.”

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