Photo Courtesy: Bre Conyers
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (TRAVS) -- Sunday night at Dickey-Stephens Park the Midland RockHounds kept quiet the Arkansas Travelers' offense, en route to topping the Travs, 4-1. Lefty Carlos Hernandez helped Midland remain unblemished on the season, while hurling five-scoreless innings and yielded four hits.
Midland opened the scoring in the second inning after Travs RH Lay Batista issued a leadoff walk to Dusty Coleman. Coleman stole second before Jefry Marte scolded a liner into the left-center gap for a double.
Batista appeared to begin settling in after allowing the run in the second. The Travs starter, who was making his Double-A debut, proceeded to retire seven batters he faced. However, in the fourth Batista found more trouble.
After consecutive walks with one out to both Coleman and Marte, Batista uncorked a series of three wild pitches. The second of the three brought home Coleman for Midland's second run of the game.
The 'Hounds tallied two more in the fourth inning before finally chasing Batista with two outs. Nick Rickles had an RBI infield-single and Chad Oberacker lofted a sacrifice fly to center.
Despite single hits in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, the Travs were unable to chip away at the deficit. The fifth inning ended when Matt Long was thrown out at third trying to stretch a double to right field into a triple with two outs.
In the seventh, the Travs finally broke through for their first run of the game. Taylor Lindsey worked a lead off walk and later came home on a two-out single by Matt Long.
Long has had multi-hit games in three of the Travs first four games, and has also driven in four runs.
The Travs brought the tying run to the dish in the seventh, but Kaleb Cowart struck out against Nate Long to end the inning.
Midland's Darren Byrd preserved the victory with two scoreless innings to earn the six-out save.
The Travs and RockHounds play the middle game of the three-game set Monday night at 7:10 p.m. from Dickey-Stephens Park. Coverage of the game can be heard locally on Sports Animal 920 or through the iHeart Radio mobile application beginning at 6:45 p.m. RH Matt Oye makes his season debut for the Travs as he faces Midland RH Arnold Leon.