Jameson Deals, Kennedy Homers In Sunday's Loss In Midland
Sunday, August 22, 2021 @ Midland RockHounds [OAK] Amarillo Sod Poodles (43-52) | Midland RockHounds (47-49) Midland, Texas — Amarillo took the lead in the top of the eighth but saw Midland plate two runs in the bottom of the ninth to take the series finale 3-2, splitting the last
Sunday, August 22, 2021 @ Midland RockHounds [OAK]
Amarillo Sod Poodles (43-52) | Midland RockHounds (47-49)
Midland, Texas — Amarillo took the lead in the top of the eighth but saw Midland plate two runs in the bottom of the ninth to take the series finale 3-2, splitting the last series of the 2021 season between the two clubs.
Scoring Recap: For the sixth straight game, the Amarillo Sod Poodles struck first. After getting hit by a pitch with one out, outfielder Ben DeLuzio used his speed to score from first base on Camden Duzebacks double into center field. Midland countered with a run of their own in the bottom of the same frame. With one out, Soddies starter Drey Jameson struck out his second hitter of the frame, however the wild pitch scurried too far away from Soddies catcher Dominic Miroglio, allowing the batter to reach first. Two singles later, Midland was able to tie the game up at 1-1. The game remained that way headed into the top of the eight despite the Soddies getting at least one hit over the next four innings.Infielder Buddy Kennedy gave Amarillo their lead back with his 10th Double-A homer. The RockHounds lined out for the first out of the ninth before drawing a one-out walk. A pinch runner came into the game and then was able to advance into scoring position on a wild pitch. A single into right-center field tied the game at two runs a piece. A second consecutive single gave the RockHounds runners on first and third. Their third straight single brought home their winning run in walk off fashion.
Poodles Plays: Amarillo starter Drey Jameson had yet another solid start in Double-A. He bookended the series with quality starts after his seven inning, one run allowed effort on Sunday afternoon. The former 1st round draft pick (34th overall) in 2019, went 7.1 innings of shutout ball in the series opener while tying a Sod Poodles franchise-high and a career-high with his 12 strikeouts on Tuesday night. In the series, Jameson went 14.1 innings with one run allowed on eight hits and 22 strikeouts. Since his promotion from High-A Hillsboro, Jameson has gone 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA, 41 strikeouts, six walks, 0.84 WHIP, .179 ERA, in 27.1 total innings so far.
Hounds Highlights: Midland managed just three hits through their first eight innings Sunday afternoon. They scored their first run of the game after putting together two hits in the top of the third. Jameson and Lemiuex held them to no hits with only two RockHounds making their way aboard until the bottom of the ninth. Midland then strung together three straight singles to walk off the Sod Poodles.
Tomorrow's Tidbits: The Amarillo Sod Poodles have an off day on Monday, August 23rd before starting a series against the Frisco RoughRiders at HODGETOWN on Tuesday. The Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers make their second trip to HODGETOWN this season. The Sod Poodles have a packed promotion schedule for the six-games including $2 Tuesday for the series opener.
Buddy Bomb: Buddy Kennedy's 10th home run in a Sod Poodles jersey put the Soddies ahead by a run in the 8th inning. Kennedy is tied for 4th in the Diamondbacks organization with 15 total home runs this season. He sits one off the pace set by fellow Sod Poodles Stone Garrett and Eduardo Diaz who both have 16 dingers this year. Kennedy is hitting .233 (37-for-159) with four doubles, a triple, 10 home runs, and 24 RBI.
Settling In: One of the newest Sod Poodles,Ben DeLuzio, is making himself right at home since joining the team. The outfielder is hitting .714 (5-for-7) with a double, triple, and two walks in his first two games with Amarillo. He picked up three hits Sunday afternoon, including a ground rule double to lead off the ballgame. The former Florida State Seminole scored the first run of the game, scoring from first on Camden Duzenack's fourth double of the year.
Three Hit Dom: Amarillo backstop Dominic Miroglio picked up three hits on Sunday afternoon, his second three hit game of the year. Miroglio went 3-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss. It was his 14th multi-hit game of the season. In the month of August, Miroglio is hitting .333 (17-for-51) with three doubles, two triples, two home runs, and eight RBI in 16 games played.
Sundays In Midland: Amarillo has now been walked off in both Sunday games in Midland during the 2021 season. In the first Sunday game of the season in Midland, Amarillo saw a 10-run lead disappear in the bottom of the 8th inning, with Midland winning 11-10 in extra innings. Today, a two run bottom of the ninth inning propelled them to the win.
Out-Hit, Lost: For the 12th time this year and second time this series, Amarillo suffered the loss despite picking up more hits than their Opponent. The Sod Poodles are now 33-12 when picking up more hits than the guys in the other dugout. It also marked just the third time in 2021 that the Soddies have lost a game they were leading after the 8th inning, making them now 33-3 in that scenario.
Race for the Oil-Pan Cup: With the loss, the Sod Poodles have lost the season-long race for the Oil Pan Cup in 2021 with the Midland RockHounds. Midland took the 2021 season series 13-11 with their comeback win Sunday afternoon. Each team has now won the Oil Pan Cup after Amarillo took the inaugural season-series 17-12.