Pizzano's 9th Inning Blast Lifts Travs

Clutch homer helps Travs win for seventh time in eight games

Dario Pizzano hit the game-winning homer in the top of the ninth. (Mark Wagner)

By Arkansas Travelers | August 31, 2017 11:33 PM ET


Springfield, MO-Dario Pizzano blasted a go-ahead two-run home run with two out in the top of the ninth to lift the Arkansas Travelers to a 4-3 win over the Springfield Cardinals. The win was the seventh in the past eight games for the Travs, matching their best stretch of the season.


Moments That Mattered

  • Pizzano tied the game with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning.
  • Springfield retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh on a two out RBI single from John Nogowski.
  • Pizzano's go-ahead blast in the ninth came off Landon Beck with a 2-1 count and the Travs down to their final out.
  • With two on and none out in the bottom of the ninth, Darin Gillies got Andrew Knizner to bounce into a 4-3 double play started by Nelson Ward that shifted the momentum back to the visitors.


Notable Travs Performances

  • LF Dario Pizzano: 2-4, run, HR, 3 RBIs
  • RF Chuck Taylor: 0-1, 2 runs, 4 BB
  • RHP Blake Perry: 2.1 IP, H, UER, BB, K
  • LHP Ashur Tolliver: Win, 1.2 IP, H, K
  • RHP Darin Gillies: Save, IP, H, BB, K


Up Next

Arkansas goes for a sweep of the four game series on Friday night. Righty Chase De Jong (1-2, 5.48) is the scheduled starter for the Travs against righty Connor Jones who will be making his Double-A debut. First pitch is at 7:10 and the game will be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App, TuneIn radio and

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