Kohlwey, Miller Lead the Way in Sod Poodles 11-6 Victory over Drillers
AMARILLO, Texas - The Sod Poodles claimed victory over the Tulsa Drillers Saturday night at HODGETOWN by a final score of 11-6 in front of over 6,500 fans. With the win, the Sod Poodles improve to a 32-34 record with just two games left in the first half and remain just 1.5 games back of first place in the South division.
Taylor Kohlwey and Owen Miller highlighted the Sod Poodles bats as each collected three RBI nights. Kohlwey, who finished with three hits and three runs, slugged two home runs, marking his first career multi-home run game. Miller collected his third consecutive multi-hit game with his seventh home run and his fourth career four-hit game.
Amarillo starter Adrian Morejon, who was scheduled for two innings, had an impressive outing, allowing just one hit in seven batters faced with a strikeout. The Cuba native tossed 18 strikes in 26 total pitches.
Emmanuel Ramirez took over for Morejon in the third and did not allow a hit until the seventh, going three over the minimum through his first four innings of work. He finished after four and two-thirds innings with four runs credited on three hits while surrendering four walks and striking out a season second-high seven. J.C. Cosme pitched the last two and one-third frames and allowed two runs, one hit, one walk, and struck out two.
The Sod Poodles got to work quickly in the first inning after Edward Olivares kicked the offense into gear with a one-out double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Owen Miller then lined a base hit to left field to make it a 1-0 Amarillo lead. Kyle Overstreet continued the frame with a hard-hit groundball single to the left side to put runners on the corners, but Brad Zunica and Buddy Reed would end the frame on a fly out and strikeout respectively.
In the second inning, the Sod Poodles turned it on once again, putting up four runs on three hits to take an early 5-0 lead. After Kohlwey began the frame with a leadoff solo home run, Chris Baker restarted things with a walk. Morejon supported the cause by laying down a sacrifice bunt and set up Baker to score from second base on Ivan Castillo's double. In his second at-bat, Olivares was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second and a throwing error on a back-pick to first brought Castillo all the way around to score while sending Olivares to second. Miller added another hit to his resume to plate the fourth run of the frame.
In the fifth, after two scoreless frames, Amarillo got back into a scoring rhythm. Miller led off the frame with a solo home run to right field and, after a strikeout by Overstreet, Zunica doubled to the right-field corner. Zunica advanced to third on Reed's groundout and with two outs, Kohlwey slugged his second home run of the night to extend Amarillo's lead to 8-0.
The Soddies added an insurance run in sixth to make it a 9-0 advantage thanks to Overstreet's clutch two-out RBI single to left field to plate Castillo, who reached on a fielder's choice groundball after Ramirez collected a leadoff single to start the half.
In the top of the seventh and with just one hit on the board, Tulsa's Peterson added a second one in home run fashion to end the shutout bid and make it a 9-1 score. After a walk, two singles and a second run allowed by Ramirez, Cosme was called upon out of the pen. With the bases loaded, after a walk by Cosme to start the outing, Cristian Santana lined a two-strike pitch over the right-field fence for a grand slam to tighten the score up to 9-6.
But, in the bottom half, the Sod Poodles tacked on two runs to extend back to an 11-6 advantage following Kohlwey's third hit - a bunt single - and two errors and a wild pitch.
Cosme closed out the ninth unscathed with two groundouts and a strikeout.
The Amarillo Sod Poodles head into the final game of a three-game series and homestand tomorrow against the Los Angeles Dodgers Double-A affiliate, the Tulsa Drillers, at HODGETOWN. First pitch tomorrow is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.
Race To The Finish: After losses by Frisco and Corpus Christi and victories for Midland and Amarillo on Saturday, the Sod Poodles sit a game and a half game behind first-place in the Texas League South with two games remaining in the first half.
Four Again: Owen Miller collected his third consecutive multi-hit game Saturday night and has totaled nine hits in three games. The four-hit night for Miller marked his fourth career four-hit game.
Miller High Hits: Infielder Owen Miller remains on top in the hit category in the Texas League. With his four hits on Saturday night, he has accrued 81 total hits, which is six in front of Frisco's Juremi Profar and is second in all of Double-A behind Mississippi's Drew Walters (91).
Kohlwey Doubles Up: Taylor Kohlwey's two-home-run Saturday night marked the outfielder's first multi-home run night of his career. Kohlwey has totaled three home runs in 2019 with Amarillo.
Strong Pitching: Adrian Morejon, Emmanuel Ramirez and J.C. Cosme put together an impressive performance Saturday night combining for a five-hitter against Tulsa. Morejon allowed one hit through two frames while Ramirez collected his team-leading sixth win. Cosme tossed a season-high 2.1 innings with the Sod Poodles.
BattLloyd: Starter Kyle Lloyd battled in his fourth start of 2019, falling with a third loss but not without a fight. In 5.1 innings, he allowed three runs on five hits with just one walk surrendered and tied for a season second-best six strikeouts. He went two perfect frames to start the outing and kept a one-run deficit until the sixth when Tulsa plated a third run.
Round 'Em Early: Edward Olivares slugged his ninth home run of the season in his first at-bat on Friday night. It marked his first round-tripper since his three-home run game on May 5 against Arkansas.
Long Ball Issue: In the last two games, Sod Poodles arms have allowed a difference-making 10 runs on five home runs - eight total runs on three home runs Thursday night and two runs on two home runs on Friday night.
Shutdown Radke: Recently-named All-Star southpaw reliever Travis Radke tossed his second-consecutive scoreless and hitless inning and has combined for four strikeouts in six batters faced. Overall, he is 3-1 on the season with a 2.28 ERA.
Stars of the Soddies: The Texas League revealed its 2019 All-Stars for the 83rd annual Harsco Texas League All-Star Game taking place on Tuesday, June 25 at ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers, which will feature a league second-highest seven Amarillo Sod Poodles players. The All-Star Game is the marquee event for the Texas League each season and will bring players and executives to Tulsa from other cities throughout the league. Amarillo Sod Poodles players selected who will represent the South division in the Texas League mid-summer classic are: Luis Torrens (C), Ivan Castillo (2B), Owen Miller (SS), Edward Olivares (RF), Kyle Overstreet (UTIL), RHP Emmanuel Ramirez, and LHP Travis Radke. Additionally, Amarillo's manager Phillip Wellman along with his team staff will be at the helm of the 2019 Texas League South Division All-Star Roster since the Padres Double-A affiliate in San Antonio were South Division Champions in 2018.
Bolaños' Second Start: In his second start with the Sod Poodles, right-hander Ronald Bolaños spanned just three innings while allowing a season-high and a career second-highest eight runs with two strikeouts. Last Saturday, he made his regular season Double-A debut and tossed six innings of one-run ball. Bolaños allowed just two hits and struck out eight, while he picked up his first Double-A victory at Corpus Christi.
Triple Digits Return: Right-handed reliever Dauris Valdez came out of the pen Thursday night and tossed yet again multiple fastballs at the 100 MPH mark. In two appearances this week, he has allowed one run on three hits with five strikeouts.
Sniper: Catcher Luis Torrens recorded his fourth consecutive game with a runner caught stealing from behind the dish with one on Thursday night against Northwest Arkansas. He leads all Texas League catchers in the category with 22 total.
Punch-Out Power: The Sod Poodles staff ranks first in strikeouts in the Texas League with a grand total of 651 through 65 games. They were the first team in the Texas League to reach the 600 mark as a staff. Corpus Christi ranks second behind Amarillo with 627.
Over(the)street: Sod Poodles utility player Kyle Overstreet launched his third home run of the 2019 season Thursday night against the Naturals. In the second inning with one out, the Alabama native crushed a hanging 3-2 pitch beyond the right side of the left-center videoboard to mark the Sod Poodles first run of the contest.
Three Bagger: Infielder Ivan Castillo knocked his team-leading third and fourth triples of the season on consecutive nights - Thursday and Friday at HODGETOWN. On Friday, Castillo tried to stretch an inside-the-park home run but a perfect relay to the plate resulted in a tag-out at the plate.
Turn Two: The Sod Poodles turned a season-high four double plays on Thursday against the Naturals. The previous high set was at three in a game which the squad reached three times in 2019.
Bachar's Brilliance: Lake Bachar was brilliant in his 10th start of 2019. After tying a career-high in strikeouts in a single game in his last outing with seven against the Hooks in five innings of work, the Wisconsin native tied for another career-high with seven innings of work while allowing no runs in a start for the seventh time in his career. Bachar tossed seven innings in a start two other times in his career with his last on 8/25/18 at Corpus Christi. The last time he didn't allow a run in a start was on 8/14/18 at Springfield.
Double Trouble: With his 15th double of the season, a two-out RBI double to bring around Amarillo's fourth run, Edward Olivares is now tied for fourth in the category with Midland's Edwin Diaz and is in a four-way tie for extra-base hits with 23 total.
First Save: In his 23rd game with Amarillo and fourth save opportunity, Kazuhisa Makita recorded his first save of 2019 with his three up, three down ninth inning.
More Hardware For The Soddies: Amarillo right-handed starter Emmanuel Ramirez was named Texas League Pitcher of the Week on Monday for the week of 6/3 - 6/9. Ramirez was 1-0 with a no-decision in two appearances on the week, while striking out ten opposing batters, surrendered two earned runs, and allowed 13 hits in 13 innings of work. Ramirez is tied for second in the Texas League with five wins on the season after he earned his fifth victory of the season at Corpus Christi on Sunday afternoon. Ramirez is also tied for ninth in strikeouts in the Texas League with 60 strikeouts.
This Weeks Preview: Following the series with the Tulsa Drillers at HODGETOWN, the Sod Poodles will end the first half on the road at Northwest Arkansas before continuing on the Tulsa and head into the All-Star break.
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