Little Rock, Ark. (Travelers) - The Frisco RoughRiders won a pair of close games and swept a doubleheader from the Arkansas Travelers on Monday night at Dickey-Stephens Park. Frisco took advantage of eight Travs walks to win the opener, 5-4. In the nightcap the RoughRiders led for the last six innings following a two-run double by Tomas Telis.
O'Malley led off the Travs' first inning with an infield single then took third when Alex Yarbrough doubled to left. Texas Rangers lefty Matt Harrison, making his second rehab start, walked Michael Snyder to load the bases. Zach Borenstein's double play allowed O'Malley to come home to tie the game, at 1-1.
Yarbrough reached with a bloop single to begin the third inning then advanced to second when second baseman Rougned Odor fielded a grounder from Borenstein and threw wildly past second base. Jimmy Swift's two-out single pushed the Travs to a 2-1 lead.
Travs starter Yeiper Castillo settled in after the first inning to retire nine of ten batters into the fifth inning, when Patrick Cantwell hit a bunt single while Luis Sardinas followed with another bunt single. Castillo got Odor on strikes, but walked Brown to load the bases. Then Smolinski walked to force home Cantwell. Carmine Giardina was summoned from the bullpen, but he uncorked a wild pitch to allow Sardinas to score the tying run.
Giardina returned in the sixth inning, and once again Cantwell keyed a rally with a single which Sardinas followed with another single. Giardina's two-out walk to Brown loaded the bases and brought Michael Brady to the mound in relief. Brady though walked Smolinski and Robinson to give Frisco a 5-3 lead.
Harrison was pulled in the fourth inning after allowing six hits and three walks. Phil Klein (2-0) was the first Frisco pitcher in relief and earned the win with 1.2 scoreless innings while adding four strikeouts.
Wilmer Font was used in the sixth inning, and he was greeted by a leadoff single from Heid. Eric Stamets forced out Heid at second on a fielder's choice, but Andy Workman and O'Malley walked to load the bases. All they could muster was an RBI fielder's choice by Yarbrough. Snyder struck out leaving the bases loaded.
The Travs were held to one base hit in the nightcap by the combination of Jerad Eickhoff (1-0) and Kyle Lotzkar (save, 1). Mark Sappington took the loss although he struck out eight batters in four innings, he also allowed two runs on four hits and four walks.
Travs centerfieler Kyle Hudson collected his team's lone hit to begin the first inning when he doubled to left field. A sacrifice bunt by O'Malley and a sacrifice fly by Yarbrough quickly put the Travs on top 1-0.
Sappington's first walk of the night started his second-inning hiccup with a walk to Drew Robinson and a single by Adams. They executed a double steal and scored when Telis cracked a double to left center field.