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Sod Poodles win 3rd straight with 10-8 victory over Midland

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The Amarillo Sod Poodles walked-off on the Midland RockHounds for a second consecutive night in front of 6,494 fans courtesy of Brad Zunica's two-out, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning, sealing the 10-8 victory. It marked the Sod Poodles third consecutive win.

Zunica completed his offensive tear going three-for-four with his team-leading 10th home run, two doubles, two RBIs, one walk, and three runs scored.

In his first start since being optioned by the San Diego Padres, Nick Margevicius spanned a planned two innings while allowing one run on a solo home run, one walk and collecting one strikeout. Right-hander Jesse Scholtens followed Margevicius and a solid four and one-third inning outing while allowing two runs on six hits with one walk allowed and six strikeouts, getting the no-decision.

Relievers Travis Radke, Blake Rogers, David Bednar, and Kazuhisa Makita combined for two and two-thirds innings. Makita picked up his second win of 2019 following his two-out appearance in the top of the ninth to keep the game tied.

After a scoreless first frame on each side, Midland started things off in the second when Collin Theroux hit a solo home run to left field, making it a 1-0 contest.

In the bottom half, Hudson Potts struck a one-out double to start the momentum. Following a line-out by Zunica, Webster Rivas connected with a single to bring Potts around and tie the game at one apiece.

In the third, Amarillo took the 2-1 lead when last night's hero Owen Miller slugged his fourth home run - a solo shot to deep left-center field.

For a third consecutive inning, the Sod Poodles plated a run, extending their lead to 3-1. Zunica led off the frame with a double marking his third in two nights. Behind him, Rivas collected his second RBI of the contest courtesy of his line-drive single just over the reach of Midland's Edwin Diaz at third base. 

After a scoreless fifth inning, the RockHounds threatened, getting within a run of Amarillo after a walk and two singles, but a grounder back to Scholtens to turn a double play ended the half to hold the 3-2 advantage.

Midland rallied again in the seventh, plating one run to tie the contest at 3-3 after three singles and a perfectly executed sacrifice bunt would do the job to manufacture the run. With runners on the corners and southpaw reliever Travis Radke into pitch, another clutch groundball double play would keep the game even.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Sod Poodles offense exploded to break the tie and extended out to a five-run lead on three hits, but, in the top of the ninth, the RockHounds rallied right back with five runs of their own on five hits, including Theroux's second home run of the game, and two wild pitches to tie it up at 8-8. A strikeout and groundout would end the inning to keep things even. 

In the bottom of the ninth, with two outs and one on, Zunica stepped up and knocked his first pitch high and deep to walk-off the night and complete the victory. 

The Amarillo Sod Poodles and Midland RockHounds will continue their four-game series tomorrow night in downtown Amarillo with game three. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. as right-handed pitcher T.J. Weir will take the mound from the Sod Poodles and will face off against the RockHounds righty Brian Howard.

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