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Travelers glad to be back at home after slump in Texas

Arkansas’ six-game road trip to San Antonio and Corpus Christie was not good to the Travelers as they return home tonight winning just one of the six games.

Prior to the trip to south Texas, the Travelers (25-24 as of Monday night) went 6-2 in an eight-game home stand. Arkansas started the home stretch with five consecutive wins and combined with three before the Travelers returned home were riding an eight-game winning streak. A loss in the last game of the home stand to Springfield was the start of a five-game losing streak for the Travs. They suffered three consecutive losses to San Antonio and one to Corpus Christi before ending the skid this past Sunday with an 8-6 win. In the final game this past Monday, Arkansas lost 14-4 and return home tonight and battle both teams again. The Travs host San Antonio tonight, Wednesday and Thursday and battle Corpus Christi on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Perhaps being at home and also having faced the teams last week will bode well for Arkansas. Last week’s meeting with the two teams was the first time they had meet this season. Manager Tim Bogar commented before how it’s much easier facing the teams the second time around and being used to the pitching staffs.

Arkansas started its trip to Texas with a 4-2 loss to the San Antonio Missions last Wednesday. C.J. Cron highlighted the game with two base hits which was his 15th multi-hit game.

Last Thursday’s matchup was tight with the Travs losing 1-0. Arkansas had more hits (10-8) than the Missions but left eight runners in scoring position. Kaleb Cowart, Randal Grichuk and Taylor Lindsey all had two hits apiece. Cowart smacked a triple, and Grichuk hit a double.

San Antonio notched the sweep with a 4-1 triumph last Friday. Arkansas’ lone run in the fifth broke a streak of 18 innings of not scoring a run.

The first game at Corpus Christi last Saturday extended the Travs’ losing streak to five after they endured a 10-3 setback. Trailing 4-3 in the eighth, the Travelers let the game get out of hand when the Hooks tallied six runs in the bottom of the frame and were aided by two Arkansas errors.

Finally, the Travelers broke the five-game losing skid last Sunday with an 8-6 victory. Pounding 15 hits, the Travs were led by C.J. Cron who hit his fourth home run. The blast scored three runs, and Cron was responsible for five of the first six runs of the contest. He also had a two-RBI double that gave the Travs a 6-1 lead. For the second time this season, Randal Grichuk had three hits including a solo home run which was his second in two straight games.

In the victory, Arkansas set season highs for hits (15) and singles (12). Cron and Grichuk’s two homers in the third inning also matched Arkansas season-high with two home runs in the same frame.

Bandy, Swift return

Catcher Jett Bandy came off the disabled list last Friday after missing seven games because of a bruised right elbow. Infielder Jimmy Swift, who played three games with the Travs early in the season, was transferred from Salt Lake City back to Arkansas.

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