Amarillo Sod Poodles

Sod Poodles' Late Comeback Bid Denied by Hooks

June 23, 2023 - Texas League (TL)
Amarillo Sod Poodles News Release

Corpus Christi, Texas - Amarillo got big offensive nights at the plate from a number of players, racking up nine runs on 11 hits in a losing effort on Friday night in Corpus Christi. Adrian Del Castillo drove in three runs while Roby Enriquez chipped in with three hits and a pair of RBI.

A three-run bottom of the first inning was aided by two home runs - including one that went off the glove of the outstretched Tim Tawa and over the fence. Amarillo got their first run of the game after a one-out double by Enriquez. A wild pitch and sac fly by Ryan Bliss allowed Enriquez to scamper home to make it 3-1 Corpus after the top of the third.

Corpus Christi got the run right back in the bottom of the third, using a pair of hits starting with a one-out double followed by a two-out RBI single. They tacked on another run in the bottom of the fourth to take a four-run lead.

Bliss was hit by a pitch to begin the Sod Poodles half of the fifth. The Soddies' leadoff man stole second but was left stranded in scoring position with each of the next three batters behind him in the lineup being retired in order.

Right-hander Jackson Goddard was the first to replace Luke Albright after the Amarillo starter went four innings, allowing eight hits and five earned runs. The team leader in strikeouts added four more to his season total, giving him 75 through his first 14 starts. Goddard worked a 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the fifth and Amarillo was subject to the same outcome in the top of the sixth with the Hooks using their third pitcher of the evening.

Left-hander Jake Rice took over pitching duties for Amarillo. Following a quick groundout, three straight walks loaded the bases. Rice bounced back with a strikeout, putting himself and the Sod Poodles an out away from escaping the jam. Instead, a two-out single pushed the Corpus advantage to 7-1 when the bottom of the sixth came to a close.

Amarillo drew another two walks in the top of the seventh inning to put a runner into scoring position with nobody out. Del Castillo launched his 10th home run of the season, putting the Sod Poodles down by three runs.

Joey Loperdifo put Corpus up by four runs with a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh. Amarillo responded by plating four runs to tie the game on the backs of four singles and RBI singles from Neyfy Castillo, Enriquez, and Jordan Lawlar.

For the second consecutive inning, the Hooks hit a leadoff homer to begin their at-bats. This time, putting the Hooks back in front after Amarillo stormed all the way back. The deficit was back to two following a two-out double and a pair of errors made it 10-8.

The Sod Poodles once again put runners aboard in hopes of cutting the deficit. A leadoff walk, single, and strikeout brought Enriquez back to the plate. His third hit of the night gave him his second RBI of the game, making it a one-run game with one out.A groundout and strikeout brought an end to the Amarillo comeback on Friday.

Game five of the series is scheduled for Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. from Corpus Christi. RHP Jamison Hill (1-4, 5.25 ERA) gets the ball for Amarillo.


BE LIKE ROBY: Roby Enriquez drove in a pair of runs, his third multi-RBI game this season. His 3-for-5 night at the plate included a pair of runs scored. It was his first multi-hit game since June 9 vs Midland.

AYYY DUZE: Camden Duzenack extended his hit streak to six games after a 3-for-5 night at the plate. Over his last six games played Duzenack is hitting 11-for-24 (.458).

DOUBLE-DIGITS DEL CASTILLO: Adrian Del Castillo swatted his 10th homer of the season, the fourth Sod Poodle player this year to reach double-digit dingers in 2023. He joins A.J. Vukovich (12), Ryan Bliss (11), and Jordan Lawlar (10). He finished the game 2-for-3 with a home run, three RBI, a run scored, and two walks.

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