Frisco, Texas – The Amarillo Sod Poodles dropped the opening game against the RoughRiders in Frisco on Tuesday afternoon. No-hit through six innings, Amarillo used a pair of hits including a game-tying home run in the seventh inning but fell 3-2 to start a two-week road trip across Texas.
Amarillo left a pair of runners stranded after a 19-minute top of the first inning saw D-backs top prospect Jordan Lawlar get hit on the hand and Roby Enriquez draw a one-out walk. Lawlar remained in the game in the top of the first inning on the bases but was replaced when the team took the field behind starter Chad Patrick. The right-hander worked quickly in the bottom of the first, tossing 11 strikes and a pair of punchouts to retire the RoughRiders in order to end the opening frame.
The RoughRiders and their starter, Tekoah Roby, matched the Sod Poodles’ bottom of the first and retired Amarillo in the order they came to begin the second. The first run of the game came via a two-out, full-count, opposite-field solo home off the bat of Frisco’s six-hole hitter. Patrick bounced back, picking up his third strikeout of the game to conclude the second inning.
11-straight Sod Poodles were retired by Roby following the walk by Enriquez in the top of the first as Amarillo was held hitless through the top of the fourth. The third and fourth hits of the day surrendered by Patrick were both left stranded after striking out his sixth batter of the day to end the bottom of the fourth inning.
Roby continued, striking out a pair in the top of the sixth to hold Amarillo without a hit. Newcomer Endrys Briceno made his Amarillo debut in relief of Patrick after being added to the roster prior to the game. Three straight RoughRiders’ singles extended the Frisco lead to 2-0. A one-out walk loaded the bases and brought on Jackson Goddard from the Amarillo bullpen. The righty struck out a pair to escape the bases-loaded situation with Amarillo trailing 2-0.
The no-hit bid was broken up with an A.J. Vukovich one-out triple in the top of the seventh. The shutout bid was then broken up as D-backs’ no.4-rated prospect Deyvison De Los Santos belted his fourth home run of the year to knot the game at two apiece.
Goddard then retired the RoughRiders in order to send the game to the top of the 8th. In relief of Roby, Frisco’s Marc Church struck out four of the first five batters he faced.
The first pitch of the bottom of the…