San Antonio, TX-The Arkansas Travelers won consecutive games for the first time this season, defeating the San Antonio Missions 3-1 on Monday.
A trio of Travs pitchers combined to hold the Missions to just one run on seven hits. Mariners reliever Steve Cishek beginning his Major League Rehab assignment opened the game by pitching a perfect inning. Scheduled starter Andrew Moore followed Cishek and continued his brilliant beginning to the season. Moore threw seven innings on only 83 pitches allowing just a run on six hits with four strikeouts. The only blemish was a solo homer by Nick Schulz in the 4th inning.
With Moore (1-0) taking it through the eighth to earn the win, the bullpen needed only to provide the final three outs. Thyago Vieira did just that, working around a one out single to close it out. He struck out a pair and picked up his first save of the season.
San Antonio starter Cesar Vargas (0-2) was tough on the Travs for the second time in a week as Arkansas did not register a hit until Brock Hebert's single with one out in the fifth. The sixth inning would prove to be Vargas' undoing though. Ian Miller and Chuck Taylor ripped doubles on the first two pitches of the inning to quickly tie the score. Two batters later, Kyle Waldrop's double scored Taylor and the Travs had the lead.
They would add an insurance run in the top of the 9th when Joey Wong doubled and eventually came home on Ian Miller's sacrifice fly to provide the final 3-1 margin.
The Travelers go for a sweep of the series in San Antonio Tuesday night. First pitch is set for 7:05. Right-hander Max Povse (2-0, 0.00) looks to extend his scoreless streak for Arkansas while right-hander Michael Kelly (0-0, 4.66) will pitch for the Missions. The game will be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App, TuneIn radio and milb.tv.
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