Tuesday, April 12, 2011

SPORTS >> Travelers enter win column

Leader sports editor

The Arkansas Travelers offense finally came to life and the result was the team’s first victory, 6-4, over the Frisco RoughRiders before 3,966 at Dr. Pepper Ballpark in Frisco.

Catcher Alberto Rosario led the way, going 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI, a run and a stolen base as Arkansas broke its season-opening, four-game losing streak.

Eight of nine Travelers starters had at least one hit. The biggest was first baseman Jay Brossman’s two-run double in the fourth that gave Arkansas the lead.

Brossman finished 2 for 4 with a run and two RBI.

Travelers starter Kyle Hurst (1-0) pitched five innings to win his Class AA and Texas League debut. Hurst allowed a home run to Joey Butler, but otherwise scattered six hits, walked none and struck out three.

Reliever Dan Sattler worked two innings and gave up two runs but stranded the tying runs in scoring position in the seventh.

Chris Scholl and Ryan Brasier pitched one scoreless inning each, with Brasier working the ninth for his first save.

Arkansas suffered a three-game sweep at Midland in the opening series and lost the series opener to Frisco on Sunday. The Travelers open the home portion of their schedule against Midland on Thursday night at Dickey-Stephens Park.

First pitch is 7:10 p.m.

Butler’s two-run homer gave Frisco the 2-0 lead in the third. The Travs left the bases loaded in the top of the inning, but erupted for three runs off starter Carlos Pimentel (0-1) in the fourth.

Clay Fuller and Marvin Lowrance singled and Rosario doubled to score Fuller. With one out Brossman blooped an 0-2 pitch into short right field near the line for a double that scored two and made it 3-2.

The Travs loaded the bases and got a run when reliever Ben Snyder issued a walk in the fifth and they made it 6-2 when Snyder was ruled to have hit Ryan Mount with the bases loaded and Fuller added a sacrifice fly.

Sattler was solid in the sixth and then gave up a pair of RBI singles in the seventh. But he got Butler to bounce into an inning-ending double play.