Sod Poodles Lose Heartbreaker 9-8 to Midland
AMARILLO, Texas - The Amarillo Sod Poodles dropped game one of their three-game series with the Midland RockHounds by a final score of 9-8 in front of a crowd of 4,387. Buddy Reed and Owen Miller each recorded four-hit games which is the first time in franchise history a Sod Poodles player has reached that feat.
The Midland RockHounds wasted no time Monday night as they jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Luke Persico tripled to the right-field corner which allowed Mikey White and Chase Calabuig to score. In the bottom of the inning the Sod Poodles responded with two runs of their own when Taylor Kohlwey belted a two-run home run to deep right field to knot the ballgame up at 2-2.
In the bottom of the second, the Amarillo offense exploded for four runs on five hits. Reed got the scoring started with his seventh home run of the season which sailed over the left field wall. Edward Olivares then hit a two-RBI double to left field which plated Rodrigo Orozco and Taylor Kohlwey. Miller finished off the inning with an RBI double of his own to give the Sod Poodles the 6-2 advantage.
Starting pitcher Adrian Morejon finished his outing Monday night after tossing two innings of three-hit baseball. Morejon allowed two runs and struck out five Midland batters. The start was the first for Morejon since April 22 at Springfield when he left the contest with an arm injury.
Midland right fielded Greg Deichmann cut the Amarillo lead to 6-3 in the third inning when he hit an RBI double to left field which plated Mikey White. The RockHounds continued to chip away at the Amarillo lead in the fourth inning when Robert Mullen hit a two-run home run to center field to make the score 6-5.
In the bottom of the fifth, Amarillo extended their lead to 8-5 via a Webster Rivas RBI single and then Reed roped a single to right center field which allowed Rivas to come around and score.
During the eighth inning, the RockHounds would threaten as they scored one run to narrow the Sod Poodles lead to 8-6 but left two runners on base. The Midland run came courtesy of a Kevin Merrell RBI single.
In the top of the ninth, Midland scored three runs to come all the way back to take the lead 9-8. Luis Barrera started off the inning with a solo home run to right field. The RockHounds then plated two runs via a sacrifice bunt with a throwing error by pitcher Kazuhisa Makita. The Sod Poodles came up in the bottom of the inning with a chance to win the ballgame but were retired in order as they fell to the RockHounds by a final score of 9-8.
The Sod Poodles and RockHounds will resume their three-game series Tuesday night at HODGETOWN when right-handed pitcher Kyle Lloyd takes the mound for Amarillo. Lloyd will face off against Midland righty James Naile. Gates are scheduled to open at 6:00 p.m. at HODGETWON in downtown Amarillo.
Morejon's Outing: The San Diego Padres number-three pitching prospect and southpaw, Adrian Morejon, tossed two innings of two-run, three-hit ball while retiring five of his 10 batters faced by way of strikeout.
That One Stung: The Sod Poodles dropped their first game of the season when leading after eight innings. Coming into the night, the squad was 13-0 when leading after eight innings in a game.
Krushed: Taylor Kohlwey, who was added to Amarillo's roster on May 6 from Lake Elsinore, knocked his first Double-A home run of 2019 in the first inning of Monday's game one against Midland to tie the contest at 2-2. It marked just his 12th Minor League career home run. Kohlwey was taken by the Padres in the 21st round of the 2016 draft.
Team High: With their 16 hits on the night, the Sod Poodles set a new team high in hits in a game. The previous high was set at 14, a feat reached on May 5 against Arkansas.
New History: Owen Miller and Buddy Reed became the first and second Sod Poodles players respectively in franchise history to record four-hit games. On Monday, Miller knocked three singles and a double while Reed came just a triple shy of the cycle.
Lucky Number 7: Buddy Reed, who switched his number from number 1 to the number 7 before Monday night's game, slugged his seventh home run of the 2019 season in his first at-bat. It marked his first home run since April 14.
Leading the Way: Sod Poodles outfielder Edward Olivares is tied for the lead in the Texas League with Naturals' Gabriel Cancel at 17 extra-base hits each during the 2019 campaign. Cody Thomas of Tulsa trails by two extra-base hits as he has hit 15 extra base hits.
Scholtens Coming In Hot: Jesse Scholtens pitched in tandem with Adrian Morejon Monday night due to a pitch count set for Morejon. Scholtens, who entered into the game from the bullpen for the first time this season, tossed five and two-thirds innings while allowing three runs on seven hits with six strikeouts.
Nearing Milestones: With his seventh double of the season on Monday night, Rodrigo Orozco is now five doubles shy of 100 in his career. Additionally, with Webster Rivas' RBI, he is 14 shy of 200 in his career.
Oil-Pan Cup Recap: With a game one loss Monday, the Sod Poodles now face a 1-6 series deficit to the Midland RockHounds over their first seven games of 2019. After taking a loss in the Amarillo home opener on April 8 by a score of 4-9, they came back with a game two 8-2 victory. The Soddies lost game three and then were swept on the road in Midland. Amarillo and Midland will play each other 20 more times following this series.
Tomorrow's Preview: The Sod Poodles and RockHounds will resume their three-game series Tuesday night when Amarillo starter Kyle Lloyd faces off against Midland starter James Naile. Gates are scheduled to open an hour before game time at 6:00 p.m.
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