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Melendez Caps 4-Hit Day with Walk-Off Winner in Extras

Amarillo Sod Poodles

May 14, 2024 – Texas League (TL)
Amarillo Sod Poodles News Release

AMARILLO, Texas – The Sod Poodles and Frisco RoughRiders kicked off their series at HODGETOWN with a morning matinee on Tuesday. Amarillo needed extra innings to secure the win, doing so on the back of a four-hit day from Ivan Melendez who provided the game-winning RBI in the 10th.

The D-backs’ no. 8-rated prospect got the day’s scoring going as he led off the home half of the second inning with a solo shot to straightaway center field. The RoughRiders answered the Amarillo run with three of their own in the top of the third to gain their first advantage of the day. After a scoreless third and fourth inning, Amarillo was able to take back the lead in the bottom of the fifth. With two outs, J.J. D’Orazio doubled home Amarillo’s second run of the afternoon to cut the deficit to a run. Deyvison De Los Santos then turned that deficit into a lead as he smacked his 12th home run of his campaign to make it 4-3 Amarillo.

As they did in the third, Frisco responded with runs in their next trip to the plate. A leadoff single off Jake Rice turned into a go-ahead two-run home run by Frainyer Chavez.

Melendez brought Amarillo back to even on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the sixth. His second home run of the game knotted things up at 5-5 and gave him his third hit of the day. Zach Barnes and Will Mabrey combined to work three innings while allowing just two hits. The tandem kept three RoughRiders stranded in scoring position. Mabrey struck out the final batter he faced in the top of the ninth to leave two of those runners on base. D’Orazio collected his second double of the game with two outs in the bottom of the 7th but was left stranded as the only Sod Poodle to get a hit the final three innings of regulation.

RHP Mitchell Stumpo took over on the bump in the 10th. A one-out walk was followed by a single to score the inherited runner to give the RoughRiders a 6-5 lead. Wilderd Patiño threw out the runner trying to stretch from 1st to third for the second out. A flyout ended the top of the 10th and sent Amarillo to the bottom of the 10th chasing a run.

Following a strikeout to start the extra inning, an intentional walk to De Los Santos put runners on first and second base. Caleb Roberts drew a walk to load the bases and send Melendez back to the plate. After taking the first pitch to start the at-bat, Melendez added his fourth hit of the day. A double off the top of the left-center…

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