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Vacationers rebound, take 5 of six from Tulsa

When Merle Haggard sang “Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa,” he was bemoaning a poisonous relationship that he simply couldn’t finish and in search of a cause to avoid the place. He gave “how these previous oil wells scent within the wind” for instance.

Merle shuffled off this mortal coil in 2016, but when he have been nonetheless round and in search of further causes to remain out of T-City, he may discover the Tulsa Drillers’ anemic offense and shaky bullpen even stinkier than these previous oil wells.

Fresh off a three-game sweep at the hands of the hated Springfield Cardinals, your Arkansas Vacationers bounced again large in a six-game sequence at ONEOK Subject in Tulsa. It was week within the 9-1-8 for Travs baseball, y’all.

Sequence recap:

The sequence opener on Tuesday (4/9) featured Vacationers’ righthander Juan Mercedes making his first begin of the season towards the Drillers 6’6” righty Kendall Williams. Arkansas scored one run within the third inning on a double-play ball by 1B Tyler Locklear. Tulsa responded with two runs within the fifth on a house run by SS Austin Gauthier, earlier than the Travs tied the sport within the eighth due to 2B Hogan Windish’s first homer of the 12 months. Windish would add a second homer — this time of the 2-run selection — in additional innings, and Tulsa would handle just one run within the backside of the twelfth as Arkansas held on for his or her first win of the season, 4-3.

Wednesday was a day sport at ONEOK Subject, and it was ugly from the soar. Travs’ starter RHP Blas Castano lasted solely one-third of an inning, getting shelled for six runs on solely three hits and two walks. Tulsa would add three extra runs within the second inning and 5 extra within the backside of the seventh earlier than the rain mercifully arrived and ended Arkansas’s struggling. On offense, the Travs managed 5 runs on 9 hits, together with the primary residence run of the season for Robbie Tenerowicz and Morgan McCullough

Arkansas bought again within the win column with a 4-3 victory on Thursday. Huge righty Logan Evans made his second begin of the season for the Vacationers, tossing 4.1 innings, scattering 5 hits and two walks and permitting solely three runs. Left-handed reliever Garrett Davila completed the fifth inning and pitched by means of the seventh, incomes his first win of the 12 months. Jarod Bayless added two scoreless innings to earn his second save of 2024. The Travs’ bats did simply sufficient to squeak out the victory, scoring 4 on eight hits and 4 walks. Prime Mariners prospect Cole Younger doubled, drove in a run and added his second steal of the season.

Friday’s contest featured Travs’ lefty Reid VanScoter on the mound towards Tulsa’s Ben Casparius. Arkansas struck first with two within the first inning due to an RBI single from Locklear. The Travs added one within the fourth when Windish scored on a Casparius wild pitch, and so they plated a fourth run within the seventh due to a Locklear double. VanScoter was strong, going 4.2 innings with out permitting a run. Luis Curvelo got here on with two outs within the fifth and added 1.1 scoreless innings, incomes the win because the Travs took the sport 4-0.

The Vacationers made it three straight wins on Saturday, beating Tulsa in a decent one, 3-2. Arkansas scored one run within the first (Tenerowicz RBI sacrifice fly), the third (Tenerowicz homer), and the fifth (Locklear homer), earlier than Tulsa bought two runs within the backside of the seventh. Righty Reid Morgan entered the sport within the backside of the ninth for Arkansas and allowed two base runners earlier than C Harry Ford threw out a would-be base stealer and Morgan struck out the ultimate two hitters of the sport.

Arkansas added their fifth win of the season and of the sequence Sunday afternoon on the again of Mercedes’ second begin. The righthander allowed just one run in 4 innings whereas putting out 5. On offense, each Travs starter had at the very least one hit, six of them had RBIs, and 6 scored at the very least one run. It was about as true of a “staff win” as you get in baseball as of late. C Jake Anchia, who had solely two stolen bases in 332 profession minor league video games coming into Sunday, even added his third profession swiped bag, because the Vacationers gained 9-2.

Vacationers present file:

5-4. 4 straight wins. Second place within the Texas League North behind annoyingly undefeated Springfield.


1B/DH Robbie “Byrd” Tenerowicz must be hit by a pitch solely 13 extra instances to tie the Travs’ profession file of 36, which is at the moment held by Mike Collins, who performed for Arkansas in 2007-2008.

Byrd was plunked twice within the sequence towards Tulsa.

Three issues to be optimistic about:

  1. The bats are heating up. Arkansas ended the Springfield sequence trying like they may battle to attain most nights. Tulsa pitching, nonetheless, was not Springfield pitching. Ford, who was hitless towards Springfield, went 5-20 with six walks and three doubles towards Tulsa. Younger continued his sizzling begin, going 8-29 towards the Drillers, with 4 doubles and three RBIs. Windish was 7-19 towards Tulsa, together with two homers. McCullough, Locklear, and Tenerowicz (twice) added residence runs as effectively. Solely CF Jared Oliva was hitless towards the Drillers, going 0-7 throughout two video games.
  2. Cole Younger. My goodness, the 20-year-old shortstop can do some little bit of every little thing. He’s slashing .300/.326/.400 on the 12 months with 4 doubles, 4 runs, 5 RBIs, 4 stolen bases and 12 hits. He’s additionally making constant contact and driving the ball. The ability will come, particularly because the climate heats up. Throw in Younger’s super protection as shortstop and second base, and it’s simple to see why Seattle is in love with this child.
  3. Byrd. When Robbie Tenerowicz is having enjoyable and hitting the ball, the staff is objectively higher general. They play looser, they’re relaxed and so they’re having enjoyable, all of which interprets to wins. We noticed it final 12 months when the staff was dominant early as Byrd raked, then was tight and borderline horrible at instances within the second half after Tenerowicz was known as up. Effectively, the previous man is hitting once more this 12 months and appears to be having the time of his life; the 5 wins in six video games in Tulsa are most likely associated to that by some means.

Present space(s) of concern:

Outfield protection. Once more. Whereas Oliva made an amazing catch of a Dalton Dashing drive close to the wall to seal Thursday’s win, the outfield’s collective lack of vary and lack of depth continues to be a problem. Utility man Kaden Polcovich even performed a pair video games in middle subject final week, for the primary time since 2021. (He’s not notably good as a middle fielder, nonetheless, so this solely provides to the extent of concern.)

Standout participant from the newest sequence:

2B Hogan Windish. This might simply have gone to Byrd, however Windish’s timing gained the award for him this week. Hitting two homers in a sport, together with the sport winner within the twelfth inning, when your staff is coming off a three-game beatdown and desperately wants a win, is large. The whole staff appeared higher after Tuesday’s win, Wednesday’s rain-shortened beating however.

Windish’s line for the Tulsa sequence: 7-19, seven walks, double, two homers, three RBIs. 

Up subsequent:

Arkansas begins a six-game homestand as we speak in an 11:05 a.m. tilt towards the Frisco RoughRiders at Dickey-Stephens Park. Southpaw Raúl Alcantara makes his third look — and first begin — of the season towards Frisco’s Ryan Garcia. Wednesday’s and Thursday’s video games begin at 6:35 p.m., whereas Friday’s sport will get underway at 7:05 p.m. The weekend brings day video games, with a 4:05 p.m. begin on Saturday and a 1:35 p.m. first pitch on Sunday. 

Saturday can also be wrestling evening at Dickey-Stephens. Skilled wrestlers out of Memphis will take the ring on the sphere following the completion of the particular sporting occasion.

All video games can be found on 106.7 Buz2 in Central Arkansas.

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