On the road for six games last week, the Arkansas Travelers returned to Dickey-Stephens Park on Wednesday after going 3-3.
The Travs (40-48 as of Tuesday) are 9-9 in the North Division in the second half standings. They are four games out of first-place Tulsa with Springfield two games behind and Northwest Arkansas in third and three games out. The Naturals won the first-half race, and the Travs start a four-game home stand with Springfield from Wednesday through Saturday, travel to Tulsa for four games (Sunday through Wednesday) then host the Cardinals for four more games July 20-23.
While on their road trip in Texas, Arkansas lost its first game to San Antonio, 6-4, but won the next two, 5-2 and 3-0. The Travelers defeated Corpus Christi, 3-2, in their first meeting but lost the next two games by the same score of 6-5. The 3-0 victory over San Antonio was Arkansas’ seventh shutout of the season and was engineered by Anthony Misiewicz who pitched seven innings in his second start in Double-A.
Pitching Staff on a Role
Going into Monday’s game, the Travs’ pitching staff has turned things around. Since the all-star break (June 28), the team ERA is 2.61, and since the start of the second half (June 20), the staff has turned in a 2.62 ERA.
Producing at the Plate
Kyle Waldrop has hit in six consecutive games and 15 of his last 16 contests. In the series finale Monday at Corpus Christi, Waldrop was 3-of-4 to continue his hitting streak.