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TRAVS NOTEBOOK | On the road, again, as second half gets rolling

Since the all-star break last Tuesday, the Arkansas Travelers finished a six-game home stand against Frisco and Midland with a 4-2 mark. With a day off Tuesday, the Travs start a six-game road trip against the same two teams. They start at Frisco and play at Midland before returning to Dickey-Stephens Park on July 10.

Going into today’s contest, Arkansas is in a three-way tie for the top spot in the Texas League second-half race. The Travs (40-41) share a 7-5 mark with Northwest Arkansas and Tulsa. The Travs lost one game to Frisco and one to Midland and sandwiched the losses between two wins.

Highlights:

• In the first victory against Frisco, pitcher Matt Oye threw a six-hit shutout for a 2-0 victory.

• In a 3-2 ninth-inning loss to Frisco, Luis Montanez went 2-for-4 while Jimmy Swift hit his second home run and smacked a single.

• In the final game against Frisco, the 4-1 triumph, was the first series win for the Travs since one with the Springfield Cardinals, June 4-7. Brandon Hynick retired the first nine of 10 batters he faced and threw six scoreless innings.

• Starting a three-game series with Midland last Saturday, C.J. Cron’s two-run home run was enough for a 2-1 victory. Pitcher Mike Piazza tossed six and two-thirds scoreless innings and allowed just three hits.

• Sunday, Midland’s barrage of five runs in the last two frames gave them an 11-6 win. Cron added a home run for the second time in as many nights and had four RBIs.

• Monday, Arkansas scored all six of its runs in the fifth frame to escape with a 6-5 win. Randal Grichuk and Montanez each homered in the frame which aided a string of six consecutive hits. That is the Travs’ longest stretch this season. The six runs and five hits in one inning were just shy of the Travelers’ season-high of seven hits in one inning.

Home runs rule

Arkansas scored 12 of its 14 runs on five home runs in the series against Midland.

Roth moves up

to Angels again

For the third time this season, left handed pitcher Michael Roth was called up to the Angels last Friday. An injury to right-hander Tommy Hanson was the reason for the move. It’s the second time Roth was called up while the Travs were playing Frisco. At the same time, RH Michael Morin was promoted from Inland Empire to Arkansas.

Travelers shine

Tuesday, June 25 at Springdale’s Arvest Ballpark, the North Division lost 6-0 but Travs’ players were responsible for five of the North’s seven hits. Cron had two hits while Grichuk, Taylor Lindsey and Jett Bandy all chipped in one hit. Piazza, Michael Cisco and Kevin Johnson all performed on the mound and collectively threw 3 2/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits.

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