Sod Poodles shutout Frisco 5-0

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Amarillo Sod Poodles righty starter Ronald Bolaños showed pure dominance Saturday night, leading Amarillo to a 5-0 victory in front of over 6,400 fans with his six and two-thirds one-hit, shutout innings in his sixth Double-A start with a career-high 10 strikeouts. He became the first Sod Poodles pitcher in franchise history to record 10 strikeouts in a start. 

Buddy Reed highlighted Amarillo's offense, who only totaled three hits, with his fifth-inning home run to mark the Sod Poodles' first hit of the night and give the team a 2-0 lead. He finished going 1-for-2 with three RBI. Ivan Castillo batted in the additional two runs on his two-out, seventh-inning double. 

Reliever David Bednar tossed two and one-third innings behind Bolaños with two strikeouts to complete his team-leading sixth save of the season and holding Frisco to just three hits as a team as well. 

It was a pitcher's duel in the third installment of the series. The first two innings saw six straight batters on each side with four strikeouts overall. 

In the top of the third, Frisco catcher Alex Kowalczyk broke the no-hit contest with a single to the right side but no further action would occur. 

In the bottom half of the third, Amarillo loaded the bases courtesy of three walks by RoughRiders starter Brock Burke to Kyle Overstreet, Peter Van Gansen and Rodrigo Orozco. However, the Sod Poodles would remain scoreless and hitless when Castillo grounded into a double play to end the threat. 

After an actionless fourth frame and top of the fifth, the Sod Poodles broke through. Overstreet walked for a second consecutive time to start the half. Following a strikeout by Van Gansen for the second out, Reed connected with and pulled an 0-1 pitch on a line over the left-field wall to mark Amarillo's first hit of the night and give the home team the 2-0 advantage. 

Bolaños lasted through two outs in the top of the seventh at 99 pitches before making way for reliever Bednar. 

In the bottom of the seventh, Amarillo added insurance and took a 5-0 lead. Three consecutive walks once again loaded the bases and, this time, the squad took advantage. With one out, Reed knocked a sacrifice fly ball to right field to plate one. Then, with two outs, Castillo lined a double down the left-field line to plate two more. 

Frisco would gain two more hits but fell short through the remainder of the contest. 

The Sod Poodles and RoughRiders continue into the final game of the four-game set tomorrow, Sunday, July 7. First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. Gates for the event open at 5:00 p.m.

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