North Little Rock, AR—A wild comeback by the Arkansas Travelers gave them their fifth straight win as they defeated the Springfield Cardinals, 17-8 on Saturday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in front of a crowd of 6,015. The Travs rallied from three runs down early to tie the game at four
North Little Rock, AR—A wild comeback by the Arkansas Travelers gave them their fifth straight win as they defeated the Springfield Cardinals, 17-8 on Saturday night at Dickey-Stephens Park in front of a crowd of 6,015. The Travs rallied from three runs down early to tie the game at four in the sixth inning. After Ivan Herrera put Springfield back on top in the seventh with two out grand slam, the Travs scored 13 unanswered runs over their final two innings at-bat capped by a 10 run bottom of the eighth. That eighth inning featured only three hits but six walks, four hit batters and three wild pitches.
Moments That Mattered
* Keegan McGovern singled off left-handed reliever Patrick Dayton who had just come into the game with two out in the seventh. His hit drove in a run and brought the Travs within two. After a wild pitch scored another run, Connor Lien added another RBI hit to cut it to a one run game.
* Jake Anchia tied the game leading off the bottom of the eighth inning with an opposite field solo homer. It was his second home run of the game. The first one came with two out in the bottom of the second and cut a three-run deficit down to one.
* With the game tied in the eighth, the Travs saw a stretch of six hitters either walk or get hit by a pitch with two wild pitches included as they took the lead off of Springfield’s wildness.
Notable Travs Performances
* LF Stephen Wrenn: 2-3, 2 BB, HBP, 3 runs, 3B, RBI
* C Jake Anchia: 2-3, 2 BB, 3 runs, 2 HR, 4 RBI
News and Notes
* The Travs matched a Texas League record being hit by six pitches in a game.
* Jake Scheiner had his nine game hit streak snapped.
* Six of the Travs’ eight hits drove in at least one run.
Arkansas goes for a sweep of the six game series on Sunday afternoon. Right-hander Tyler Herb makes his season debut as the starting pitcher against righty Andre Pallante (0-0, 4.70). First pitch is at 2:10 for Family and Military Appreciation Sunday. The game will also be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App and milb.tv.