Two Homers Give Travs Homestand Opening Win
North Little Rock, AR-A pair of homeruns were enough to back a strong pitching effort as the Arkansas Travelers took a 3-2 win over the Springfield Cardinals on Wednesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in front of 7,700 in the series opener. The homeruns from Braden Bishop and Dario Pizzano marked the team's first multi-homer game since June 2nd when Bishop hit two on his own. With the win, the Travs pick up their first victory in the last week ending a four game slide. Nathan Bannister kept the Cardinals off the board through five innings while outdueling Springfield starter Anthony Shew.
Moments That Mattered
* Braden Bishop socked a two-run opposite field homer to open the scoring in the third inning.
* Dario Pizzano added a solo homer an inning later.
* Springfield loaded the bases with one out in the seventh on two errors and a walk but a ground ball double play ended the threat. Arkansas would turn another double play again the next inning.
Notable Travs Performances
* CF Braden Bishop: 1-4, run, HR, 2 RBI
* LF Dario Pizzano: 1-3, run, HR, RBI
* Nathan Bannister: Win, 6 IP, 2 H, R, 3 BB, 2 K, 88 pitches
The series continues on Thursday night with a 7:10 first pitch for Wizards and Witches Theme Night. RH Johendi Jiminian (4-4, 3.38) gets the start opposite lefty Austin Warner (0-2, 10.38). The game will be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App, TuneIn radio and milb.tv.
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