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Sod Poodles drop rain delayed game 7-4 to Travelers

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The Sod Poodles dropped the first game of the four-game set to the Arkansas Travelers by a final score of 7-4. Saturday night's series opener which saw 6,719 fans finally ended after four hours and fifty-nine minutes due to a heavy thunderstorm which sent the contest into a two-hour and two-minute delay. 

In the first inning, after Arkansas stranded two runners on base in the top half, the Sod Poodles took advantage, plating a solo run. With one out, Edward Olivares and Owen Miller knocked consecutive singles. Following a force out at third on a groundball by Luis Torrens, Hudson Potts came through with an RBI single to right field, giving Amarillo the 1-0 lead.

In the fifth, with the one-run game still intact, Arkansas found life at the plate. Three consecutive one-out singles mixed with a three-run home run by Dom Thompson-Williams quickly gave the Travelers a 4-1 advantage. Then, in the sixth, they added on two more runs to extend to a 6-1 lead before the game headed into a rain delay. 

Two hours and two minutes later, the game resumed in the bottom of the sixth with Arkansas remaining ahead of Amarillo by the score of 6-1. 

In the top of the seventh, Jordan Cowan tacked on one more run for the Travelers with an RBI single to right field to extend the Arkansas lead to 7-1. 

Amarillo attempted to mount a comeback in the bottom of the eighth as Kyle Overstreet roped a two-RBI double to the left field corner which plated Luis Torrens and Hudson Potts to cut the Travelers lead to 7-3. Overstreet then came around to score when Brad Zunica hit a sacrifice fly to right field to make the score 7-4 in favor of the Travelers. 

But that is all the Sod Poodles could make up in the long series opener. 

Sod Poodles starter Jesse Scholtens made his sixth start of the 2019 season, taking his first loss of the season after going 5.1 innings while allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits with one walk surrendered and a season-high seven strikeouts. 

Oppositely, Travelers southpaw Anthony Misiewicz (1-2) earned his first win after he tossed five innings of one-run ball, surrendering seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts. 

The Sod Poodles will enter into game two of the four-game set with the Seattle Mariners Double-A affiliate, the Arkansas Travelers, tomorrow afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. In game two, Sod Poodles right-hander Lake Bachar will face off against Arkansas righty Darren McCaughan.

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