Sod Poodles Welcome over 100,000 Fans to HODGETOWN, Even Series with 9-4 Victory over Midland
AMARILLO, Texas - The Sod Poodles evened the series with a 9-4 victory over the Midland RockHounds Tuesday evening. With the 5,462 fans in attendance on the night, the Sod Poodles have welcomed 101,408 fans to HODGETOWN in just 17 home games, becoming the first team in the Texas League during the 2019 season to reach over 100,000 in attendance at home.
Right-hander Kyle Lloyd (1-0) made his first start for the Sod Poodles Tuesday night against Midland, tossing an impressive five innings while allowing just one run on five hits with one walk allowed and a season-high six strikeouts.
Rodrigo Orozco and Edward Olivares highlighted the night offensively for the Sod Poodles, both collecting multi-hit and multi-RBI nights while Brad Zunica collected his seventh home run of the season.
For a second consecutive night, the Sod Poodles offense got an early start with a run in the bottom of the first. After a leadoff single by Orozco, a groundball fielders choice would allow Ivan Castillo to trade places on first base with one out. Following a stolen base by Castillo, Olivares struck a line drive single to left-center field to make it a 1-0 contest.
The Sod Poodles kept the rhythm and, in the third, plated two more runs highlighted by Zunica's leadoff, first-pitch home run out to left field. Buddy Reed, who singled, would score the second run of the frame on Olivares' sacrifice fly ball to extend the lead to 3-0.
Then, in the fourth, Amarillo continued their offensive fury with a three-spot to take a 6-0 lead. After a one-out fielding error on Taylor Kohlwey's groundball, hit-by-pitch to Kyle Overstreet and long single off of the right-field wall by Zunica to load the bases, Orozco and Castillo collected a pair of hits - a single and double respectively.
Midland would plate their first run of the contest in the fifth after three hits, including two doubles, to minimize the deficit to 6-1.
In the bottom half of the fifth, the Sod Poodles responded once again with another three-run frame to extend to a 9-1 lead on a walk by Olivares and three consecutive hits, including back-to-back doubles by Kohlwey and Hudson Potts.
In the eighth, the RockHounds threatened, loading the bases with nobody out on Sod Poodles reliever Travis Radke. After a strikeout to record the first out, Nate Mondou knocked a sacrifice fly ball to centerfield to plate Midland's second run of the night.
Then, in the ninth, Midland plated two runs on three hits to make it a 9-4 game but would stop there as the Sod Poodles closed out the half to even the series at 1-1.
Sod Poodles relievers Blake Rogers and Travis Radke combined for four innings of relief while allowing two earned runs on six hits combined.
The Sod Poodles and RockHounds will complete their three-game series Wednesday night at HODGETOWN when right-handed pitcher T.J. Weir takes the mound for Amarillo with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Weir will face off against Midland righty Brian Howard.
Lloyd's First Start: Right-hander Kyle Lloyd made his first start for the Sod Poodles Tuesday night against Midland, tossing an impressive five innings while allowing just one run on five hits with one walk allowed and a season-high six strikeouts.
100K+: With Tuesday night's announced attendance of 5,462, the Sod Poodles have welcomed 101,408 fans to HODGETOWN in just 17 home games, averaging just shy of 6,000 fans per game so far during the 2019 inaugural season. The Sod Poodles are the first team in the Texas League this season to reach over 100,000 in attendance at home.
Mr. Consistent: Edward Olivares continued his consistent ways, tallying two more RBIs Tuesday night to reach a total of 28 on the season in his 33rd game of 2019. His RBI count is good for second in the Texas League behind Abraham Toro's (Corpus Christi) 30 RBI.
Zunica's 7th: First baseman Brad Zunica collected his seventh home run of the season Tuesday night in his first at-bat on the first pitch. It marked his second in four days and he is now tied for second on the team with Buddy Reed in the category.
On the Board First: The Sod Poodles improved to a 9-8 (.529) record on the season when scoring first in a game.
Oil-Pan Cup Recap: With a game two victory Tuesday, the Sod Poodles improve to a 2-6 series against the Midland RockHounds over their first eight 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.
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, Dylan Carlson of Springfield and Preston Beck of Frisco trails by two extra-base hits as he has hit 15 extra base hits.
Tomorrow's Preview: The Sod Poodles and RockHounds will complete their three-game series Wednesday night at HODGETOWN when right-handed pitcher T.J. Weir takes the mound for Amarillo with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Weir will face off against Midland righty Brian Howard.
Morejon's Monday 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 Monday 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.
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.
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