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Travs splits doubleheader behind Mercedes CG

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June 1, 2024 – Texas League (TL)
Arkansas Travelers News Release

North Little Rock, AR – The Arkansas Travelers and Amarillo Sod Poodles split a doubleheader on Saturday, with the Travs winning the second game 5-1 after the Sod Poodles won the opener 4-2. In game one, Yilber Diaz worked five innings, surrendering just one run on one hit while striking out five and earning the win. JJ D’Orazio had two hits and two RBIs for Amarillo. In game two, Juan Mercedes went the distance in a roll of 88, winning the complete game in seven innings for his second win of the season. It was the longest start of the season for a Travs pitcher.

Moments that mattered (Game 1)

* D’Orazio hit a two-out, two-run double in the second inning to give Amarillo an early lead.

* Arkansas fought back and had the tying run at home in the sixth inning when Jared Oliva nearly hit a tying home run to left field, but his drive was caught against the wall.

Moments that mattered (game 2)

* Windish poked a two-run double just over the first base bag to give the Travs the lead in the opening inning.

* The Travs scored two more in the fifth to push the lead to five on an RBI hit by Grant Witherspoon and a sacrifice fly by Morgan McCullough.

Notable Travs appearances (Game 1)

* 2B Hogan Windish: 2-2, BB, run, 2B

* RHP Logan Gragg: 2 IP, K, BB, 4 K

Notable Travs appearances (Game 1)

* RF Alberto Rodriguez: 3-4, point, 2B

* RHP Juan Mercedes: Win, 7 IP, 4 K, R, BB, 4 K, HR

News and notes

* The Travs split both of their doubleheaders this season.

* Mercedes’ complete match was the second of his career. It was the second full game in the Texas League this season.

Next one

The series concludes on Sunday afternoon with RHP Blas Castano (0-2, 3.33) starting against RHP Billy Corcoran (2-1, 4.11). It’s a Family Sunday, Operation: Military Appreciation and kids running the base after the game. First pitch at 1:35 PM. The game will also be broadcast on 106.7 Buz2, the Bally Live App, milb.tv and mlb.tv.

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