Travs Make It Seven In A Row Before AS Break

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     An announced crowd of 3,476 watched the Travs win their seventh consecutive game, a season high, and pitch their third shutout in the past four games. The streak is the Travs longest since July 2007.
    The Travs (6-0) used five pitchers for the shutout as starting pitcher Orangel Arenas was taken out of the game after pitching the first inning due to minor back tightness. He pitched a scoreless first inning, giving up a hit and striking out one.

    Loek Van Mil (2-2, 3.60), the tallest player in professional baseball history at 7'1", pitched four innings of scoreless relief for the win, giving up two hits and three walks, while striking out two.

    The Travs got the scoring started when first baseman Roberto Lopez drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the first inning and advanced to third on Gabe Jacobo's hard-hit single that went by the third baseman Mario Lisson. Third baseman Luis Jimenez doubled down the left-field line to score Lopez for a 1-0 Travs' lead, but Jacobo was thrown out at home for the last out.

    The Travs picked up another two-out RBI in the bottom of the second. Angel Castillo struck out to start the inning and Alberto Rosario flew out to right field before centerfielder Clay Fuller doubled to the left-centerfield gap and scored on Jon Townsend's RBI single to right for a two-run Travs' lead.

    Lefty Will Smith (5-7, 4.52) took the loss for the Naturals and gave up two runs on seven hits in five innings. He struck out four and walked three.

    The closest the Naturals (1-5) came to scoring was in the top of the first inning when centerfielder Derrick Robinson led the game off with a single to left field. He stole second and third base, but was stranded their when Tim Smith flew out to left field. The Naturals would not reach third base the rest of the game.

    The Travs scored a run without a hit in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jacobo reached on a fielding error by Lisson and went to third base when Naturals' relief pitcher Heath Rollins fielded Jimenez swinging bunt and threw the ball into right centerfield for the second error in consecutive plays. Angel Castillo walked to load the bases and Jacobo scored on Alberto Rosario's sacrifice fly to left field to give the Travs a 3-0 lead.

    Travs' righty Mike Piazza relieved for Van Mil in the sixth inning and pitched two scoreless innings, giving up a hit, while striking out two. David Carpenter pitched a perfect eighth for the Travs before Ryan Brasier picked up his 15th save of the year, despite two two-out walks. Brasier lowered his season ERA to 0.74.

    Catcher Ben Theriot went 2 for 3 with a walk for the Naturals and Wil Myers hit 1 for 3 with a walk.

    Lopez, Jacobo, Jimenez, and Fuller each had two hits for the Travs, which hit 2 for 6 with runners in scoring position and left nine men on base. The Naturals hit 0 for 10 with RISP and left 10 men on base. For the four-game series, the Naturals batted 3 for 37 with RISP for a .081 average.

    The Travs take their seven-game winning streak into the Texas League All-Star game in San Antonio where the Travs will have eight players participating in. Nine Travs were named to the TL North division team, but second baseman Ryan Mount is out for the season with a torn tendon in his right foot.

    The eight Travs' players that are on the team are third baseman Luis Jimenez, shortstop Darwin Perez and outfielder Mike Trout, who are starting. Starting pitchers Orangel Arenas, Trevor Reckling, Garrett Richards, and Matt Shoemaker are also on the team, while closer Ryan Brasier made it as well.

    After the all-star game, the Travs travel to Midland and Frisco for three games apiece before returning to Dickey-Stephens Park on Thursday, July 7, to face Midland.


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