Travs Take Series with 5-4 WinJune 4, 2012 - Texas League (TL) Arkansas Travelers
The Travs (23-33) jumped ahead of the Missions (23-33) in the first inning as they platted a pair of runs without the benefit of a RBI hit. Jean Segura led the inning off by reaching on a fielding error by the Missions' shortstop Jeudy Valdez. Renny Osuna followed with a single through the right side. A wild pitch by Missions' starter Josh Geer advanced Segura to third and Osuna to second for Ryan Mount. Mount would ground out on a chopper to Dean Anna at second base to score Segura and advance Osuna to third. The Travs first baseman Casey Haerther then platted Osuna as he lifted a sacrifice fly to centerfield. Neither run in the inning was charged as an earned run against Geer.
A leadoff double in the top of the second inning by Jake Blackwood followed by a RBI single by Edinson Rincon pulled the Missions to within a run, 2-1. Despite the two hits to start the second inning, Travs' starter Matt Oye would retire the next three batters to get out of the inning.
In the fourth inning, Blackwood would reach base once more as the leadoff hitter, this time via the walk. A steal of second base by Blackwood put him in scoring position for Rincon. Rincon would then deliver his second RBI single of the evening as the Missions knotted the game at 2-all.
Oye, making his second start of the season, would allow another leadoff base runner in the fifth inning as Valdez doubled to left field. A groundout by Reymond Fuentes advanced Valdez to third base. Following an error by Jimmy Swift on a popup on the infield, the Missions had runners on the corners with one out. Ali Solis, who was 5-for-6 a night ago, delivered a RBI double down the left field line to put the Missions on top, 3-2. A single through the left side by Blackwood tacked on just one more run as Solis was gunned down at the plate by Mount to end the inning.
A scoreless inning in the sixth inning by Oye would be the end of his night as the right-hander exited on the hook for the loss at the time. The final line on Oye read: 6.0 innings, eight hits, four runs (one unearned), one walk, and four strikeouts.
Geer, who rebounded after the rocky first inning, surrendered three singles in the bottom of the sixth inning that led to the Travs scoring a run to cut the deficit to 4-3. Geer would exit the game with the one-run lead after working six complete innings, surrendering seven hits, three runs (one earned), no walks, and five strikeouts.
After a quite seventh inning, the Travs rallied in the eighth inning to take the lead, 5-4. Haerther started the rally with a one-out single. A walk to Roberto Lopez on the ensuing at-bat put the go-ahead run on base for the Travs. Angel Castillo would come on to pinch-run for Haerther at second base prior to Alberto Rosario's at-bat. 1-for-3 to that point in the game, Rosario smashed a two-RBI, go-ahead double over Blackwood's head in left field to score Castillo from second base and Lopez from first base.
Left-hander Andrew Taylor, who recorded the final out of the eighth inning, came back out to close out the win for the Travs in the ninth. A leadoff double by Fuentes put the Missions in business as they looked to extend the game. A blink-of-the-eye liner back to Taylor recorded the first out of the inning. Taylor had a chance to double off Fuentes at second base following the liner, but his throw was not accurate and Fuentes got back safely. Taylor would then get Solis to groundout to Darwin Perez at second base for the second out, but Fuentes was able to advance on the putout. Now with two outs and the tying run at third base, the Missions' leading homerun hitter Nathan Freiman stepped in the box. Kept in check all game by Travs' pitching, Freiman would not break through against Taylor as he flew out harmlessly to Rian Kiniry in centerfield to end the game.
The Travs ended their six-game Dickey-Stephens home stand with a 2-4 record, but earned their second series win against Missions. After an off day on Tuesday, the Travs will travel to the Northwest portion of Arkansas to start an eight-game road trip with the first of four games against the Naturals starting on June 6th.
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