As the Travelers’ season has progressed, Manager Tim Bogar is seeing improvement with the players and in particular sees growth as a team. He sees the players getting better which is his ultimate goal as a manager.
One player who has progressed as the season has gone on is second baseman Taylor Lindsey. Lindsey is showing significant improvement at the plate.
"Taylor has made a lot of adjustments at the plate," Bogar said. "He is starting to learn what he can and can’t do. Earlier he was pulling out in front, and now he has a better plan and by understanding that, he gets better results. Defensively, he has made great strides with his lateral movement."
In last Friday’s 11-7 victory over the Springfield Cardinals, Lindsey was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. He piled up four hits including a two-RBI double in an eight-run third inning. He also slammed his second home run in two games. In last Thursday’s 5-2 triumph over Springfield, Lindsey’s grand slam home run highlighted the second frame.
Still in first
As the Travelers begin a six-game road trip at San Antonio and then to Corpus Christie that started Tuesday, they will try and stay ahead in the second-half race. Currently, Arkansas is three games ahead of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and four ahead of Springfield and Tulsa. Part of the reason for the lead in the current standings is the Travelers had a successful July and closed the month with a 17-12 record. Thus far, July has been Arkansas’ most successful month beating May’s record of 15-12. Both pitching and hitting performances are the catalyst for the success. In July, the Travs hit .258 which is their highest for any month. On the mound, the pitchers combined for a 3.53 earned run average, the lowest month so far in the season.
In last Friday’s 11-7 triumph over the Cardinals, the Travelers tallied eight runs in the third inning which is the most in an inning so far this season. Previously, they had a seven-run frame at Tulsa on May 9. In both contests, they also hit a season-high seven hits in one inning.
Cron on top
Arkansas first baseman C.J. Cron moved into first place in the Texas League in doubles by hitting his 30th of the season Saturday. Cron is ahead of Frisco’s Chih-Hsien Chiang by one. Cron had 32 doubles in 129 games last season with Inland Empire (A).