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Arkansas Travelers vs. Amarillo Sod Poodles (ARI)

May 28 - June 2, 2024

Record: 26-20

1st in North (+0.5)

Record: 22-25

4th in South (-8.0)

Today's Game Notes

LEADING OFF--The Travs continue a two week homestand with the third of six against Amarillo.

LAST TIME OUT--Logan Evans, Peyton Alford and Troy Taylor combined on a shutout leading Arkansas to a 1-0 win over Amarillo on Wednesday night...Evans pitched the first six innings, allowing three hits and striking out six...he retired the final 10 batters he faced...Alford came on to deal two perfect innings before Taylor worked around a one out hit in the ninth to slam the door and earn his third save...the only run of the game came in the sixth inning on an RBI single from Alberto Rodriguez scoring Harry Ford...Amarillo starter Cole Percival was the hard luck loser after working six innings and striking out a career best 10.

MAKING THE DONUTS--The Travelers pitching staff is on a run of 15 consecutive scoreless innings entering tonight...last night was the third shutout of the season for Arkansas pitchers...they have not allowed an earned run over the first two games of this series...combined over the first two games, the teams have put up a total of four runs and 18 hits.

HOMER CENTRAL--The Travelers have 11 homers over their past eight games...have connected for three blasts in a game three times the past 11 contests...Arkansas ranks fourth in the league with 40 long balls..27 of the 40 have come in road games.

RUNNING FREE--Arkansas stole two more bases last night and swiped a season high five bags last Thursday...they have taken 21 bags over the last eight games...the team’s 68 steals rank third in the Texas League... Jared Oliva leads the club with 13, tied for fifth in the league while Harry Ford has 11.

SAVE ME--Troy Taylor’s save last Wednesday was the Travs first in the month of May ending a 17 game stretch without one...Taylor has earned saves in each of his past three appearances including last night.

TALE OF TWO HALVES--Arkansas has fared well early in games this season but struggled in the late innings...they have outscored the opposition in every inning from the 1st to the 5th, for a cumulative run differential of plus-45...from the 6th inning on though, they have been outscored by 26 runs.

TRANSACTION TRACKER--The Mariners made moves Tuesday affecting the Arkansas roster...INF Tyler Locklear was promoted to Triple-A Tacoma while RHP Logan Gragg was reinstated from the Development List...the Travs have had just 31 different players take the field for them so far this season.

PROSPECTING--The Travelers active roster is populated with eight of the Mariners top 30 prospects based on the mlb.com rankings...topping the list are INF Cole Young, top ranked in the system and #27 overall in baseball and C Harry Ford, second in the system and #28 overall... also among Seattle’s top 30 are INF Ben Williamson (15), RHP Logan Evans (19), RHP Jimmy Joyce (21), OF Alberto Rodriguez (22), RHP Troy Taylor (26) and LHP Reid VanScoter (29).

THE DIRT ON THE SOD POODLES--The Amarillo Sod Poodles (Arizona Diamondbacks) are in fourth place in the South Division... won their first series of the season last week taking five of six games at NW Arkansas...managed by former (2013) Travs skipper Tim Bogar... their pitching staff ranks last in the league in ERA with an offense that is seventh in runs...Arizona had the 16th ranked farm system in baseball in the preseason rankings from mlb.com...Amarillo’s roster has five of the Diamondbacks prospects from the same ratings service...among those ranked in Arizona’s top 30 list are INF Ivan Melendez (8), OF A.J. Vukovich (15), RHP Yilber Diaz (16), OF Kristian Robinson (17) and C/OF Caleb Roberts (27).