Sod Poodles Drop Game One 5-1 to Hooks, End Win Streak
AMARILLO, Texas - The Amarillo Sod Poodles fell to the Corpus Christi Hooks Monday night in front of a crowd of 5,353 at HODGETOWN, stopping their win streak at three games. Kyle Overstreet extended his current hit-streak to eight games, but the Sod Poodles offense was kept silent as they collected only one run on six hits. Starter T.J. Weir went four innings allowing two earned runs on six hits while striking out four Corpus Christi batters. Weir received the loss as his record drops to 2-3 on the season. Despite the loss, the Sod Poodles don't lose ground in the standings and remain at three games back as Frisco also lost Monday night.
The Corpus Christi Hooks opened the scoring in the first inning of Monday night's contest when Seth Beer and Ronnie Dawson both hit RBI singles to give the Hooks the early 2-0 lead.
Corpus Christi tacked on two runs on two hits in the top of the second inning as they extended their lead over the Sod Poodles by a score of 4-0. The first run came when Abraham Toro singled home Joshua Rojas and then Beer drove in his second RBI of the ballgame with a sharp single to center field.
Hooks starting pitcher Brandon Bielak entered the sixth inning of Monday night's contest without allowing a hit to an Amarillo batter. That came to an end when Brad Zunica roped the second pitch he saw to center field. Three batters later Ivan Castillo hit a sacrifice fly to center field allowing Zunica to score and cut the Hooks lead to 4-1.
In the top of the seventh, the Hooks answered right back as Granden Goetzman hit an RBI single to center field to push the Corpus Christi lead to 5-1.
The Sod Poodles attempted to come back in the bottom of the ninth as Owen Miller hit a leadoff single to shallow center field, but Amarillo would be retired in order after the Miller single as the Sod Poodles fell to Hooks by a final score of 5-1.
On Tuesday night, the Amarillo Sod Poodles and Corpus Christi Hooks will resume their three-game series at HODGETOWN in downtown Amarillo. First pitch Tuesday night is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. as right-handed pitcher Lake Bachar will take the mound from the Sod Poodles as he looks for his first victory of the season. Bachar will face off against the Hooks righty Bryan Abreu in Tuesday night's contest.
Weir's Seventh: Right-hander T.J. Weir made his seventh start in game one of the series with the Hooks, tossing four innings while allowing four runs (2 ER) with four strikeouts. He set a new career-high in walks with six on Monday night against Corpus Christi. His previous high of five was also set this season on May 10 and also against Corpus Christi, but while on the road. He reached the five walks in four frames.
That was Close: Right-handed pitcher Brandon Bielak took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Sod Poodles, however, Brad Zunica ended the threat with a leadoff single up the middle. Bielak tossed two other starts against Amarillo, allowing three hits in 2.1 IP in his first start and four hits in five innings in his second.
Offense Cooled Off: After the Sod Poodles had their way while on the road against first-place Frisco on the road, tallying 26 runs on 37 hits in three wins at Frisco, Amarillo, on a chilly night, cooled off at the plate totaling just six hits.
Too Many Errors: Amarillo committed a season-high of four errors in Monday night's contest against Corpus Christi. Infielder Ivan Castillo was tagged with two total (throwing, fielding) while Brad Zunica and Owen Miller each made one. The previous high was three which the team had reached two prior occasions - the last coming on May 13 versus Midland.
Gettin' Streaky: Kyle Overstreet extended his hit streak to eight games Monday night. In the span, he is batting .393 (13-for-33) with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 6 runs. Additionally, Owen Miller continued his six-game hit streak of his own (.440, 11-25, 3 R, 5 RBI).
Wins End At Three Straight: After Amarillo's three consecutive victories in Frisco, the streak ended Monday night in game one against the Corpus Christi Hooks with a 5-1 loss. Amarillo's longest win streak remains at three games.
Quietly Rising: Outfielder Buddy Reed, who is currently batting .214 on the season, is on the rise as he is 10-for-24 in his last 7 games with a home run and two doubles with three runs scored and four RBI. He collected a four-hit game on May 13 versus Midland.
Ca(STILL)o RAKIN': Infielder Ivan Castillo has been nothing but exceptional since being added to Amarillo's roster in early May. In 14 games, Castillo has not batted below .300, currently holding a .344 average (21-for-61) with eight runs, three doubles, one home run, and six RBI. He has gone hitless in only two games.
Strong Arms of the League: The Amarillo Sod Poodles pitching staff leads all of the Texas League with 435 strikeouts. Behind the Sod Poodles is Corpus Christi arms with 419.
Swipers Swipin': The Sod Poodles are 26-for-27 in stolen bases in the month of May.
Holding Position: With the Sod Poodles and Frisco RoughRider's losses Monday night, Amarillo holds remains at a three-game deficit in the South first-half standings.
Road Success: After dropping the series opener, Amarillo bounced back to win three consecutive games against the first place RoughRiders and win the series. The Sod Poodles improve to a record of 8-15 over 23 games and are batting .241 (191-for-793) with 31 doubles, one triple and 19 home runs.
Overstreet's Big Swing: Alabama native Kyle Overstreet came up big in the final game against Frisco with his first home run (3-run) of the season in the 9th inning. Overstreet finished the series with Frisco going 9-18 with three runs, four RBI, two runs, and a home run. He became the third player in Sod Poodles history to collect a
four-hit game. It marked the second time he reached the feat in his career.
Munoz Does It Again: Andres Munoz was again masterful on Friday night in Frisco, tossing 1.2 scoreless innings for a save. He faced five batters and retired all of them. Munoz has now put together a streak of ten scoreless appearances out of Amarillo's bullpen. In the stretch: 11.2 innings, two hits, 25 strikeouts, four walks, and three saves.
Diaz Delivers in Rehab: Right-hander Miguel Diaz went five innings and allowed three earned runs in his third rehab appearance with the Sod Poodles on Friday night, picking up the victory in Amarillo's 7-5 win.
Series Victory: The Sod Poodles secured their fifth series victory of the season and first over the Frisco RoughRiders this season following Sunday afternoon's victory. In 2019, the Sod Poodles hold a 5-5-2 win-loss-split season record.
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