If the Arkansas Travelers want to make any moves in the second-half standings of the North division in the Texas League, they need to string some wins together and go on a winning streak.
The most games the Travs (46-55 as of Tuesday) have won in a row are four. That feat occurred again last week when the Travelers won three contests in a row at Tulsa. Two of those games were run-scoring affairs as Arkansas won 13-2 and 12-4. The Travelers returned to Dickey-Stephens Park last Thursday and beat Springfield, 6-3, before embarking on a three-game losing stretch. They halted that skid this past Monday with a 4-3 victory over Northwest Arkansas.
The win moved the Travs to within six games of the league-leading Cardinals. Tulsa is two games out while Northwest Arkansas, the first-half division winner, is seven games behind. Arkansas has two more contests with the Naturals then go to Tulsa for four games and to Northwest Arkansas for three games before returning Aug. 3 to Dickey-Stephens Park.
Home is not where the wins ar
Thus far, the Travs have played 101 games with 51 at home and 50 on the road. They are 22-29 at home while posting a 24-26 mark on the road. The pitching is better with a 3.87 ERA and allowing four runs. On the road, the ERA increases to 4.50 and 4.6 runs allowed. Meanwhile the offense is the opposite. At Dickey-Stephens, the Travs are averaging 3.7 runs a game with that number increasing to 4.9 on the road. Of their 56 home runs, 35 have occurred away from Dickey-Stephens.
Miller on the Move
Texas-league batting leader Ian Miller was promoted to Triple-A Tacoma over the weekend. His average is .326 which is eight points better than San Antonio’s Luis Urias. Because he has enough plate appearances, Miller can qualify for the title at the end of the season.
No Rest for the Weary
On Tuesday, the Travs play their 14th game in a string of 26 consecutive without a day off. That is the longest stretch of the season with 15 of the 26 contests at home. The grueling string ends Aug. 6.
Saturday, July 22 marked the 10-year anniversary of the Mike Coolbaugh tragedy that occurred at Dickey-Stephens Park. Coolbaugh, a first-base coach for Tulsa, was hit in the neck by a line drive and died from his injury.