Arkansas second basebam Ryan Mount broke out of a 3-for-23 start to the season with a 3-run home run onto the grass berm in right field, chopping the 'Hounds lead to 4-3 in the fourth inning. Mark Trumbo then drilled a two-run shot to dead center field in the fifth, giving the Travelers a 5-4 lead they would not relinquish.
The RockHounds threatened in the ninth, loading the bases with one out. Adrian Cardenas hit a sinking line drive to left, and it appeared the 'Hounds would tie or win on a big swing of their own, but left field Nate Sutton made the catch just above his shoe tops, then threw behind the 'Hounds runner at second base for a game-ending double play.
The 'Hounds took the 4-0 lead on a second-inning rally that began with no one on and two out. Seven consecutive batters reached base, with Josh Horton driving in a pair of runs on a chopper to first. Horton beat the play and two runners scored, including Yung-Chi Chen, who hustled all the way from second base.
The RockHounds and Travelers continue their 3-game series Friday night at Citibank Ballpark. Right-hander Travis Banwart, Oakland's fourth round draft choice out of Wichita State in 2007, starts for the 'Hounds against Arkansas right-hander Amalio Diaz.
The first 1,000 fans receive a free RockHounds blanket with their paid admission.
The team has a new radio home in 2009 ... Jack-FM (102.1-FM). RockHounds broadcasts are also available online. Look for the link to Jack-FM on the RockHounds' web site ... then click "Jack On The Box." Air time Friday from Citibank Ballpark is 6:15 p.m..
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