NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Travelers won their fourth consecutive game defeating the Frisco RoughRiders 4-3 in 15 innings on Monday in front of a season-high crowd of 8,779 at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Travs third baseman Luis Jimenez hit a one-out single in the bottom of the 15th inning, scoring Adam Younger from third base to put Arkansas above .500 for the first time this year.
Younger, who came in to play first base when Jay Brossman tweaked a hamstring in the third inning, led off the 15th with a double to left field. Centerfielder Mike Trout sacrificed Younger to third for the first out and Frisco reliever Justin Miller intentionally walked shortstop Darwin Perez in hope for a double play. The double play wouldn't come as Perez stole second base forcing the RoughRiders' infield to play in. Then Jimenez hit the game winner.
Travs starting pitcher Garrett Richards (1-0) pitched a solid game and got a no decision. He pitched eight innings and gave up two runs on 10 hits, and struck out four with no walks.
The RoughRiders got to Richards in the top of the first when leadoff man Engel Beltre singled to center. Richards retired the next two Riders on fly outs to center, but gave up consecutive singles to Tommy Mendonca and Diaz, the last one scoring Beltre for the first run of the game.
The Travs got on the board in the third inning when Brossman had a two-out infield single and Trout doubled to left, moving Brossman to third. Perez scored the two runners with a double to right field putting Arkansas up 2-1.
Frisco tied it up in the top of the fourth when left fielder Jonathan Greene led off with a double, moved to third on a ground out to second, and scored when Beltre hit an RBI single to center. Beltre was caught stealing to end the inning.
The Travs went eight innings without a hit, getting its first since the third inning from catcher Orlando Mercado when he hit a one-out double in the 12th inning. The Travs couldn't capitalize when Angel Castillo grounded out to third and Younger flied out to right field.
Frisco took a 3-2 lead when catcher Robbie Diaz hit a two-out bloop single to right field scoring Davis Stoneburner in the top of the 13th inning.
Trout tied it back up when he led off the bottom of the inning with a homerun over the left-field fence, hitting the base of the scoreboard. With one out, Jimenez hit a single to center and stole second, but was stranded there when Mount fouled out to third base and Clay Fuller struck out looking.
Riders starter Wilfredo Boscan pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits, and struck out six.
Travs reliever Chris Scholl pitched three innings of scoreless relief, giving up two hits and striking out two without a walk. Matt Meyer (1-1) picked up the win for Arkansas, pitching two scoreless innings while striking out two.
Trout went 3 for 6 with two runs and an RBI and Jimenez went 2 for 6 with the game-winning RBI. Frisco's Beltre went 3 for 7.
The Travs look for the series sweep on Tuesday night when they play Frisco in the last game of the series at Dickey-Stephens Park. Lefty Trevor Reckling (0-0, 2.70) starts for the Travs and lefty Martin Perez (0-0, 2.25 will go for the Riders.
Reckling is a top-20 prospect for the Angels and threw 86 pitches in five scoreless innings his last start against Midland on April 14. He gave up two hits and two walks while striking out two in the no decision. Perez is the Rangers' top prospect and got the no decision against Springfield on April 14. He pitched five innings of scoreless baseball and gave up four hits and two walks while striking out nine.