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Two Late Home Runs Propel Sod Poodles to 4-3 Victory over RockHounds

August 15, 2019 - Texas League (TL) - Amarillo Sod Poodles News Release

AMARILLO, Texas - The Sod Poodles won their third straight game Wednesday night in front of 5,578 at HODGETWON courtesy of two late-inning home runs from A.J. Kennedy and Edward Olivares. Both home runs were part of a four-hit, three-run seventh inning. Amarillo is now five games ahead of the second-place Corpus Christi Hooks in the second half South Division standings with 18 regular-season games remaining.

Midland struck first Wednesday night at HODGETOWN as Edwin Diaz hit a solo home run in the second inning to give the RockHounds a 1-0 lead.

The RockHounds tacked one more run on in the fourth inning as Taylor Motter blasted a solo home run to left-center field to take the 2-0 lead.

In the sixth inning the Sod Poodles cut the RockHounds lead in half as Ivan Castillo roped a leadoff double down the left field line. Olivares followed the Castillo double with a fly out to right field that advanced Castillo to third base. Owen Miller then plated Castillo with a ground out to second base to make the score 2-1.

Soddies starter Jesse Scholtens exited Wednesday nights after tossing six complete innings where he allowed two runs on five hits. Scholtens struck out seven batters over 95 pitches as he picked up the no-decision.

Midland plated one run on one hit in the seventh inning to extend their lead to 3-1. Greg Deichmann worked a leadoff walk and advanced to second base via a Collin Theroux ground out. Mickey McDonald followed with a walk to place runners on first and second base. A flyout by Dan Gamache advanced Deichmann to third base. An RBI single to left field by Mikey White made the score 3-1 in favor of the RockHounds.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Amarillo responded with three runs on four hits to take the 4-3 lead. Kennedy started the inning off with a solo home run to deep left-field. Peter Van Gansen followed with a double to the left-field corner. Two batters later Castillo grounded out to the pitcher but moved Van Gansen up to third base. One batter later Olivares crushed a two-run home run to straightaway center field. The inning would continue with a Miller walk and a Luis Torrens single but came to an end when Hudson Potts struck out swinging.

David Bednar entered the ballgame in the top of the ninth and retired the side and struck out two RockHounds batters to secure the 4-3 victory for the Sod Poodles.

The Sod Poodles wrap-up their four-game series with the RockHounds tomorrow at HODGETOWN. First pitch is at 7:05 p.m.

NOTES:

Tomorrow's Preview: The Sod Poodles head into the final game against the Midland RockHounds on Thursday evening at HODGETOWN. Lake Bachar will take the mound tomorrow for the Sod Poodles and will face off against Midland's righty James Kaprielian. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.

Scholtens 17th: In his 17th start, Jesse Scholtens tossed six strong innings of two-run, five-hit ball with one walk allowed and struck out seven. It marked his fourth start this season where he struck out at least seven batters.

Oh My, Oli: Edward Olivares slugged his team-leading 17th home run of the 2019 season Wednesday night in the seventh inning to give the Sod Poodles the 4-3 lead. It marked his first home run since July 21 and seventh two-run home run this season.

Bats That Hit Back: The Sod Poodles improved to a 9-43 record when trailing after six innings on Wednesday night. Amarillo plated three late runs in the bottom of the seventh to take the tardy advantage.

Triple Shy: Catcher A.J. Kennedy finished Wednesday night's performance a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4. Kennedy has never recorded a cycle in his professional career.

Series Victory: The Sod Poodles collected their 18th series victory with three straight wins against Midland. They have won six of their last seven series.

Tough End To A Perfecto: Midland's Grant Holmes tossed three and one-third perfect frames before losing the bid on a two-strike hit by pitch to Ivan Castillo.

Let's Get This Breadnar: Reliever David Bednar has tossed eight straight scoreless outings (9.0 IP). In the last six appearances, Bednar has pitched scoreless ninth innings and picked up a save in five of six. Each of those saves have resulted in retiring the side in order.

One-Run Games: The Sod Poodles improved to a 17-15 season record in one-run games with three straight wins over Midland in one-run differences.

Double-A Leaders: The Sod Poodles lead all of Double-A baseball with a .262 team batting average this season. They rank second in runs scored this season (571).

Bullpen is Boomin': As a bullpen, Sod Poodles relievers have combined to allow just three earned runs in the last 12 games. That stretch spans 32.2 innings of work, totaling an ERA of 0.83.

Torrens on a Tear: Soddies catcher Luis Torrens has hits in 22 of his last 26 games, including a 16-game hit streak in that span.

Ejection #3: Manager Phillip Wellman was tossed for a third time this season on Wednesday night arguing called pitches.

Unleash Patiño: MLB's No. 33-rated prospect and the San Diego Padres' No. 4-rated prospect (according to MLB.com) right-handed pitcher Luis Patiño, made his Double-A debut in game two against Midland. In four and two-thirds innings of work, the 19-year-old allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits with four walks and seven strikeouts.

Baby Rattlesnake: In his Double-A debut, Luis Patiño tossed 71 strikes in 102 pitches. He struck out seven total and allowed four walks, which is just one below his career-high allowed.

Walked Off: The Sod Poodles collected their sixth walk-off victory of the 2019 season with the 11th inning win over Midland in game one.

Soddies in Extras: With their 11th inning victory in game one over Midland, the Sod Poodles improved their extra-inning record to 4-5 on the season.

Rhythm Broken: After tying for a team-high of four straight losses in Frisco, the Sod Poodles rebounded with a walk-off game one victory over Midland to end the losing rhythm.

Oil-Pan Cup Victors: In regular-season game 26 of 29 against the Midland RockHounds in 2019, the Sod Poodles claimed the season series victory with the walk-off in game one of the series to take a 15-11 advantage. Each season, Amarillo and Midland will face off for the cup.

Streaks End, Good Times Don't: The Sod Poodles ended their sellout streak at 23 straight sellouts and 32 overall in 53 home games. The streak spanned from June 13 to August 4.

Mambo Number 5: Reliever Evan Miller recorded his fifth save for the Sod Poodles Tuesday night in game two of the series.

Bachar Strong Night: On Saturday, August 17, the Amarillo Sod Poodles are hosting "Bachar Strong" Night in support of right-handed pitcher Lake Bachar's father and his fight with cancer. On Bachar Strong Night, the Sod Poodles will be wearing specialty, Padres throwback color-themed Sod Poodles jerseys with the phrase "No One Fights Alone" on the back and "#BacharStrong" on the sleeve. Following the game, the team will be hosting a live, postgame signed jersey auction with autographed Padres memorabilia graciously donated by the San Diego Padres with all proceeds benefitting the Bachar family's medical expenses.

Full of Talent: The Soddies have three of MLB's top 100 prospects according to MLB.com: #3 MacKenzie Gore, #30 Taylor Trammell, and #33 Patino. They have 8 of the Padres' top 30 prospects, including Owen Miller (13), Hudson Potts (14), Ronald Bolaños (18), Edward Olivares (20), and Buddy Reed (29).

DFW Kid Goes Yard: Sod Poodles infielder Hudson Potts, who grew up in Southlake, TX, hit a solo home run Sunday in Frisco. It was Potts' 12th home run of the season. Potts, who went to Carroll High School (mascot is the Dragons), was the 24th overall pick of the 2016 MLB draft by San Di- ego. Other notable alumni from Potts' high school are Greg McElroy (former Alabama quarterback who won National Championship) and Ross Stripling (current RHP for the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2018 MLB All-Star).

Streak Snapped: With Thursday's defeat, the Soddies had their five-game win streak snapped. The five-game streak matched the longest winning streak of 2019 for Amarillo, with the other streak coming from May 22-26. Amarillo has still won 11 of their last 15 games. Since the start of July, the Soddies have a 24-13 record.

Upcoming: The Sod Poodles hit the road for a week to face Northern competitors Tulsa and Arkansas before returning to HODGETOWN for the last week of the regular season.

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