RoughRiders lose but Cardinals help keep 1/2 game lead

The RoughRiders lost 6-1 to the Amarillo Sod Poodles in front of a 6,675 fans at Hodgetown. The RoughRiders move to 63-54 and the Sod Poodles move to 58-60.

Right-hander Tim Brennan who is looking for his 1st win of the season, started for the RoughRiders and held the Sod Poodles to no runs until the bottom of the 4th.

Sod Poodles score 4 in the 4th

Buddy Kennedy led off the bottom of the 4th with a solo home run to right-center, his 16th of the season. Dominic Canzone doubled to score Dominic Fletcher, who had singled just before. Andy Yerzy drew a walk for runners on 1st and 2nd. Jancarlos Cintron was out on a sac-bunt, moving the runners over to 2nd and 3rd with one out. Ryder Jones reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Canzone. Ben Deluzio grounded into a force out which scored Yerzy. Geraldo Perdomo then grounded out.

Out of the pen

Right-hander Grant Anderson (6.33) replaced Tim Brennan in the top of the 5th. He pitched two innings and allowed one run on two hits and two strikeouts.

The Sod Poodles would go on to add a run in the bottom of the 5th and the 7th for a 6-0 lead.

Josh Stowers led off the inning with a triple to center, his 2nd of the season. Jax Biggers then hit a sac-fly scoring Stowers. The RoughRiders avoided being shutout for the 8th time this season.

Even though they lost, the RoughRiders didn’t lose any ground thanks to the other teams losing. The game between the Springfield Cardinals and the Northwest Arkansas Naturals was pretty intense. The Naturals didn’t go down without a fight but ended up losing 13-12 in 11 innings.

Tim Brennan (0-3, 3.75) took the loss, his 3rd of the season while right-hander Justin Lewis (2-1, 9.53) earned the win for the Soddies pitching 2.2 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, one walk and struckout two.

For the Riders Josh Smith went 1-1 with three walks and Josh Stowers was the only one with a multi-hit game going 2-3 with the run.

The RoughRiders still maintain their 1/2 game lead and control their destiny. They sent right-hander Ronny Henriquez (4-4, 5.04) to face-off against RHP Ryne Nelson (3-3, 3.60) and the Sod Poodles for game number 118 of the season. #LetsRide

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