Travs Get To Cook Early, Hold On

    10:11 PM, May 14, 2011   |    comments
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    Cook pitched for the first time this year and Travs shortstop Darwin Perez induced a one-out walk in the bottom of the first and scored from first on designated hitter Luis Jimenez' double down the left-field line for a 1-0 Arkansas lead. Jimenez advanced to third on the throw home from the left fielder and scored when first baseman Dillon Baird grounded out to the shortstop for a 2-0 Travs lead.
    With a pitch count of 60, Cook threw 58 pitches in four innings. He gave up all four runs to the Travs on six hits and two walks, and struck out one.
    The Travs got to Cook again in the second when left fielder Clay fuller led off with a single up the middle, but was erased when Jay Brossman hit into a 6-4-3 double play. With two outs, the Travs scored two runs on three consecutive hits. Second baseman Jon Townsend started the two-out surge with a double to the left-centerfield gap and scored on Angel Castillo's flare to left field. Castillo stole second and scored when leadoff hitter Mike Trout hit a single to center for a 4-0 lead.
    Righty Matt Shoemaker (1-1, 5.09) picked up the win for the Travs in his third start. He pitched five and two-third innings and gave up three runs on eight hits. He struck out seven and walked one. Shoemaker was previously 0-5 with a 7.80 ERA against Rockies' affiliates in his career.
    The Drillers got to Shoemaker in the top of the third when centerfielder Tim Wheeler hit a two-out homerun onto the right-field berm to cut the Travs' lead to 4-1. Wheeler also had a single in the first inning to lead off the game, making it the fourth consecutive time he has reached base against the Travs in the first inning. He is currently hitting .385 with four homeruns and nine RBIs against Arkansas this year.
    Tulsa picked up two more runs in the top of the fourth when Ben Paulsen and Darin Holcomb each hit infield singles and moved to second and third when catcher Wilin Rosario grounded out to second base. Right fielder Brian Rike, in his first game of the year, hit a single to left field that scored two and cut the Travs lead to 4-3.
    The Drillers loaded the bases with two outs in the sixth when Shoemaker hit James Cesario with a pitch. Righty Chris Scholl relieved Shoemaker and got Mike Mitchell to ground back to him and he flipped the ball to the catcher for the force out and the end of the inning. Scholl retired all seven batters he faced, striking out three.
    Travs closer Ryan Brasier pitched the ninth for his fifth save of the year and Arkansas' first save in the month of May. He struck out two in retiring the side in order.
    Townsend went 2 for 3 with a run scored for the Travs. Castillo and Jimenez each went 1 for 3 with an RBI and run scored, and Perez went 1 for 2, but was replaced by Adam Younger at shortstop after he hurt his hand on a play in the eighth inning.
    Rike went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Drillers and Wheeler went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
    The Travs look to make it two in a row when they face the Drillers for the last game of the series on Sunday, May 15, at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock. Righty Garrett Richards (2-1, 5.00) will make the start on Sunday afternoon, while Tulsa will start righty Cory Riordan (1-2, 5.50).
    Richards last pitched on May 9 in Springfield. He got the no-decision while pitching six and two-third innings, giving up four runs on four hits. He walked four and struck out four. Riordan also pitched last on May 9 against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and got the no-decision. He gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits in seven innings, while walking one and striking out one. First pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m. and gates open at 1 p.m.

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