North Little Rock, AR-Having been shutout and held to just two hits for the first eight innings, the Arkansas Travelers scored four times in the ninth inning and walked off winners over the Corpus Christi Hooks, 4-3 on Tuesday afternoon at Dickey-Stephens Park. The win gives Arkansas a sweep of the three game series. Joey Curletta tied the contest with a 3-run homer. Beau Amaral later delivered the walk-off single scoring pinch-runner Andrew Aplin. The game was a scoreless duel until the seventh when Corpus Christi's Yordan Alvarez launched a solo homer to break the tie. Two more Hook runs in the top of the ninth seemed to put the game out of reach but instead only set the stage for the comeback. Neither starting pitcher allowed a run and neither factored in the decision. Andrew Moore struck out 10 while allowing just two hits for the Travs. The Hooks' Josh James did not allow any hits in his five innings with nine strikeouts.
Moments That Mattered
- Braden Bishop made not one, but two spectacular catches on long drives hit by Yuli Gurriel, stealing extra bases both times.
- Down a run in the seventh, Arkansas loaded the bases with two out on a pair of walks and an infield single but failed to capitalize when Bishop's drive to right field was run down.
- Art Warren stranded a pair of Hooks in the eighth when he came out of the bullpen and struck out the first two men he faced.
- Dario Pizzano walked (on a 3-2 pitch) and Chris Mariscal drew a four pitch walk to start the ninth inning rally. Curletta then followed with the tying homer, a booming shot down the left field line.
- Joseph Odom followed with a double to left putting the winning run on. Aplin, pinch-running, moved to third on a balk.
- Amaral hit the first pitch he saw from Riley Ferrell up the middle through the drawn-in infield to win it.
Notable Travs Performances
- RF Beau Amaral: 2-5, RBI
- 1B Joey Curletta: 1-3, run, BB, HR, 3 RBI
- SP Andrew Moore: 6 IP, 2 H, BB, 10 K
The Travelers will take tomorrow off before starting a six-game road swing with the first of three in San Antonio against the Missions. Right-hander Chase De Jong (0-1, 7.20) gets the call against Missions righty Miguel Diaz (1-0, 3.86). First pitch for San Antonio's home opener is set for 7:05. The game will be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App, TuneIn radio and milb.tv.
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