North Little Rock, AR-In a game that was scoreless through eight innings, the Arkansas Travelers were able to walk away with a 2-1 win over the Tulsa Drillers on Saturday night at Dickey-Stephens Park with Logan Taylor providing the walk-off heroics. Chase De Jong and former Traveler Justin DeFratus exchanged zeros in a pitcher's duel. De Jong worked seven innings allowing just two hits and a walk while striking out eight. DeFratus pitched 7.1 innings and scattered four hits and a walk while striking out seven. Luke Raley broke the ice with a line drive homer to left opening the top of the ninth inning. Arkansas came charging back in the bottom of the inning immediately putting the tying and winning runs on base before they moved up on a wild pitch. Kyle Lewis tied the game with a soft groundout before Taylor blasted an 0-2 pitch from Dylan Baker to the warning track in right-centerfield for the walk-off double. The victory snapped a three game slide and was the Travs' second win in their last nine.
Moments That Mattered
* Beau Amaral went to the deepest part of right-centerfield to snare Luke Raley's drive in the sixth inning, banging into the five foot high wall immediately after making the running catch above his head.
* Joey Curletta beat out a slow chopper up the middle to open the home half of the ninth giving the Travs momentum and the tying run on base.
* Later in the ninth, Curletta read a ball in the dirt and moved from second to third on a wild pitch that bounced only about 15 feet to the side of the catcher putting the tying run at third with none out.
Notable Travs Performances
* RF Kyle Lewis: 1-3, BB, RBI
* 3B Logan Taylor: 1-4, 2B, RBI
* Chase De Jong: 7 IP, 2 H, BB, 8 K, 95 pitches
* David McKay: IP, 2 K
* Matt Festa: Win, IP, H, R, 2 K, HR
The Travs try to split the four game series on Sunday night with first pitch set for 6:10. RH Williams Perez (2-1, 3.21) makes the start with RH Logan Bawcom (4-5, 4.61) the expected starter for Tulsa. Kids get to run the bases after the game which will also be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App, TuneIn radio and milb.tv.
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