Luis Frias throws first no-hitter in Hodgetown


The Sod Poodles swept the San Antonio Missions in a scheduled doubleheader Sunday at Hodgetown.

Soddies right-hander and D-backs No. 9 rated prospect Luis Frias highlighted the series-ending twin-bill after tossing a seven-inning no-hitter in game one to lead the Soddies to a 4-0 victory.

In game two, the Sod Poodles mounted a late comeback, tying the game in the bottom of the fifth and taking the final 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the sixth.

The Sod Poodles will hit the road for a six-game trip to Frisco and take on the RoughRiders, Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, at Riders Field beginning on Tuesday, August 3.

The Soddies return to Hodgetown the following week and begin a six-game homestand on Tuesday, August 10 against the Corpus Christi Hooks, Double-A affiliate of the Houston Astros.

Game One: 

Amarillo starter and D-backs pitching prospect Frias, in his 15th career Double-A start, led the Sod Poodles to a game one victory over the Missions after tossing a seven-inning no-hitter, the first-ever of any kind at Hodgetown.

After setting the first 15 batters down through five frames, Frias started the sixth inning with a strikeout for a 16th consecutive batter retired. In the next at-bat, Frias surrendered his lone walk to Kelvin Melean before retiring two more batters.

In the seventh, Frias initiated the final frame with a strikeout followed by a groundout and a flyout in foul territory to seal the no-hit bid and send the team into a frenzy.

Offensively, the Soddies broke a scoreless ballgame in the fourth when Buddy Kennedy launched a solo home run to make it a 1-0 contest.

In the fifth, after Alek Thomas walked to lead off the frame, Dominic Fletcher lasered a two-run home run to right field to extend the lead to 3-0.

The Soddies plated their fourth and final run in the sixth courtesy of Thomas' two-out solo home run to mark his seventh of the 2021 season.

Game Two: 

The Missions began the scoring in the second game of the twin-bill. In the top of the first, after Estuery Ruiz doubled with one out, Jose Azocar followed with an RBI single to make it a 1-0 San Antonio lead.

Through the first four frames, the Soddies posted just two hits, both by Jancarlos Cintron, and went 0-for-2 with the runner in scoring position.

In the fifth, Amarillo found a rhythm after Kennedy and Dominic Canzone collected back-to-back singles to start the half. After a walk to Renae Martinez loaded the bases with no outs, Dominic Miroglio knocked a sacrifice fly ball to left to plate a tagging Kennedy to tie the contest at 1-1.

The momentum continued into the bottom of the sixth starting with Cintron's third hit of the night. After a balk to move Cintron into scoring position and a walk to Kennedy, Canzone knocked in the go-ahead run on a single to right field to make it a 2-1 final.

Southpaw Tyler Holton started the game on the mound for Amarillo, tossing two innings of one-run, three-hit ball with a walk and two strikeouts. Levi Kelly, Matt Brill (W, 2-2), and Mack Lemieux (S, 1) combined for five two-hit, shutout frames with six strikeouts.

History Note: In Amarillo's professional baseball history, before two recorded in 2021, there have been three no-hitters. The last came on August 22, 1971 when Wes Scott tossed a seven-inning no-hitter for the Amarillo Giants (affiliate of SF Giants) against Dallas-Fort Worth (affiliate of Baltimore Orioles) in the 5-0 victory (Texas League). Before then, Migel Puente tossed a no-hitter on August 15, 1969 for the Amarillo Giants (affiliate of SF Giants) against Shreveport (affiliate of Atlanta Braves) in the 3-0 win (Texas League). The first no-hitter for an Amarillo team came on June 5, 1941 when Russel Crider tossed a nine-inning gem for the Amarillo Gold Sox in the West Texas-New Mexico League against Big Spring (affiliate of Brooklyn Dodgers) in the 6-0 win.

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