Last chance to see Travs at home

Team in contention for league title, 2022 schedule released, Grant Black's Corner plus stats, scores and so much more ...

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The Travs went 4-2 last week against Corpus Christi and, more importantly, the team is in a position to win the Texas League, no wait, the Double-A Central.

The Travs are in a two-tie for third with Tulsa with both teams at 55-47 while Wichita is currently leading the league with a record of 60-42.

That's five games back but guess who is in town this week? That's right, Wichita will be at Dickey-Stephens for a six-game homestand that starts on Tuesday, weather permitting, in the last series at home for the season.

So there's just six games left to see baseball’s No. 2 prospect Julio Rodriguez play in North Little Rock and he's one of those kinds of players you want to be able to say you saw them play here.

His family came from the Dominican Republic to watch him play at Dickey-Stephens and it is much harder to get from that island, so surely you can get off your couch and make a game, or games, this week

There's an almost 100 percent certainty he starts next season at Triple-A Tacoma, and that assumes he doesn't skip that step and go directly to the Mariners.

Back to the league title, the Travs have the last two weeks on the road with next week at Springfield, while the season-ending series is at, wait for it, Wichita. 

Travs release 2022 schedule

The Travs start next season on April 8 with a three-game series at Frisco, then the home-season starts on Monday, April 11 with a six-game series against the Springfield Cardinals.

The team gets two days off before starting back to the six games in six days schedule of the current season with Mondays off the following week.

There's a total of 138 games with 69 at home.

What's different is that the Travs will host Springfield on July 4, the only game in the league that day, and then get Tuesday, July 5, then back to the five games in five days schedule.

That's followed by a league-wide break from July 18 to July 21 of four days, then a three-game series against Frisco from July 22-24.

Weeks at home are:

  • April 11-16

  • April 26-May 1

  • May 17-29

  • June 7-12

  • June 21-26

  • July 4-10

  • July 22-24

  • Aug. 2-14

  • Aug. 23-28

  • Sept. 13-18

The complete schedule can be viewed by clicking here.

Individual leaders

Transactions

  • Aug. 28: Arkansas Travelers placed RHP Emerson Hancock on the 7-day injured list.

  • Aug. 28: LHP Nate Fisher assigned to Arkansas Travelers from Everett AquaSox.

  • Aug. 27: Arkansas Travelers placed 2B Josh Morgan on the 7-day injured list.

  • Aug. 27: C Jake Anchia assigned to Arkansas Travelers from Everett AquaSox.

  • Aug. 24: Arkansas Travelers activated RHP Collin Kober from the 60-day injured list.

  • Aug. 24: LHP Ray Kerr assigned to Tacoma Rainiers from Arkansas Travelers.

Players of the Week

The scores

  • Tuesday: Travs 5, Corpus Christi 3

  • Wednesday: Travs 4, Corpus Christi 3

  • Thursday: Travs 2, Corpus Christi 1

  • Friday: Travs 11, Corpus Christi 1

  • Saturday: Corpus Christi 8, Travs 5

  • Sunday: Corpus Christi 5, Travs 4

The standings

  • Wichita ... 60-42 ... .588

  • Travs ... 55-47 ... .539

  • Tulsa … 55-47 ... .539

  • NW Arkansas ... 53-48 ... .525

  • Springfield ... 37-65 ... .363

Grant Black’s Corner

About Grant Black’s Corner: This is a weekly look at current Minor-League players with Arkansas roots. Have an addition to this list? Email us at arkansas@substack.com or leave a comment on the post.

Newport's Grant Black got his third start of the season on Aug. 27 against Northwest Arkansas and took the loss after giving up four hits and two runs across four innings.

Black had two strikeouts that game and on the season, Black now has 56 strikeouts on 52 innings, mostly in relief before being converted into a starting pitcher to help out the S-Cards and its injury-plagued rotation.

Black will likely stay in Springfield and should again get a start against Tulsa this week given the team’s dismal pitching situation there.

Many thanks to Arkansas high school baseball expert Kevin Bohannon for his help in compiling this list. You can catch him on the radio at 103.7 The Buzz as he's the station’s high school insider. He is also the co-host of The Hawg Talk podcast, which can be listened to here. He’s also on Twitter, @CoachKBo_HTP, so give him a follow. 

Others on the Corner

Note: Click the player’s name to get current stats.

  • Luke Bandy, Springdale: Was released. He previously played in the Boston Red Sox farm system and @Luke_Bandy

  • Gray Fenter, West Memphis: Bowie Baysox, Double-A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and @Bear_Fenter

  • Logan Gragg, Prairie Grove: Peoria Chiefs, High-A Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and @GraggLogan23

  • William Hancock, Little Rock Catholic:  Quad Cities River Bandits, the High-A Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals

  • Tink Hence, Watson Chapel: GCL Cardinals, the Rookie Affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals and @HenceTink3

  • Blaine KnightBryant: Norfolk Tides, the Triple-A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles.

  • Grant Koch, Fayetteville: Altoona Curve, the Double-A Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates

  • Evan Lee, Bryant:  Wilmington Blue Rocks, the High-A Affiliate of the Washington Nationals and @Evan_Leeeee

  • Casey Martin, Lonoke: Clearwater Threshers, the Low-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies and @cmartin15_

  • Jake Reindl, Fayetteville: Myrtle Beach Pelicans, the Low-A Affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and @jreindl24

  • Cody Scroggins, Bentonville: Greenville Drive, the High-A Affiliate of the Boston Red Sox and @cody_scroggins

  • Gavin Stone, Riverside High School (Lake City): Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, Low-A Affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and @gavinstone02

  • Nick Starr, Conway: Hickory Crawdads, the High-A Affiliate of the Texas Rangers and @nickstarr6

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Schedule, tickets and promotions

On deck this week (last week of home games)

Tuesday: Wichita

  • Start time: 7:10 p.m.

  • Game Highlight: Kid's Night; Free Train Rides & $1 Select Ice Cream.* Presented By Hiland Dairy

Wednesday: Wichita

  • Start time: 7:10 p.m. 

  • Game Highlight: Dog Days of Summer; $3 General Admission Ticket at the Box Office if you bring your dog and $1 Hot Dogs.* Presented By Moix RV

Thursday: Wichita

  • Start time: 7:10 p.m. 

  • Game Highlight: Thirsty Thursday; $2 Busch Light, $3 Select Draft Beer for Mug Club members

Friday: Wichita

  • Start time: 7:10 p.m. 

  • Post Game Fireworks Show; Presented By MiCampo

Saturday: Wichita

  • Start time: 6:10 p.m. 

  • Game Highlights: Diamantes Night; Presented by Univision

  • Post Game Fireworks; Presented By Fuller & Son Hardware

  • Promotion: Growth Chart Giveaway; Presented By Fuller & Son Hardware

Sunday: Wichita and last home game

Start time: 2:10 p.m. 

Ticket offers

  • Operation Military Appreciation Day: $3 off a Box, Reserved, or General Admission ticket with a Military ID; Presented By Mid-South Ford

  • Edward Food Giants $3 Off: $3 off a Box, Reserved, or General Admission ticket with an Edward Food Giant Coupon. Redeemable at the Box Office.

  • $10 Church Bulletin Family Pack: $10 for up to 6 General Admission tickets when you bring your church bulletin, no upgrades available with this package. Redeemable at the Box Office.

Next week and the week after

AWAY GAMES | Tuesday, Sept. 7: at Springfield; Wednesday, Sept. 8: at Springfield; Thursday, Sept. 9: at Springfield; Friday, Sept. 10: at Springfield; Saturday, Sept. 11: at Springfield; Sunday, Sept. 12: at Springfield; Tuesday, Sept. 14: at Wichita; Wednesday, Sept. 15: at Wichita; Thursday, Sept. 16: at Wichita; Friday, Sept. 17: at Wichita; Saturday, Sept. 18: at Wichita and Sunday, Sept. 19: at Wichita

*Sales tax will be added for all food and beverages.

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