The file spins a gem in Amarillo Win

The file spins a gem in Amarillo Win

The file spins a gem in Amarillo Win

    Amarillo Sod Poodles

July 10, 2024 – Texas League (TL)
Amarillo Sod Poodles Press Release

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Amarillo evened its series against the San Antonio Missions on Wednesday night with an 8-1 win.

Dylan File was absolutely dominant from the first pitch on Wednesday. He kept his pitch count down as he cruised through seven innings, allowing just one run and striking out ten. Andrew Pintar went 2-5 with two RBIs in his double-A debut. Caleb Roberts, Tim Tawa and AJ Vukovich teamed for three home runs in the sixth inning to extend their lead.

Victor Lizarraga faced Andrew Pintar to start the game in what was his first double at bat. Pintar flew out before Caleb Roberts walked. Tim Tawa struck out and then Roberts was gunned down trying to steal second. Dylan File worked around three basemen in the first inning, but was able to pick up a few hits without surrendering a run.

Lizarraga pitched a very quick inning and struck out two Amarillo batters. File allowed a two-out single, but then collected the third strikeout to end the inning.

Amarillo struck first in this one. Kevin Graham led off by carrying a pitch. Kristian Robinson singled, and then Andrew Pintar had his first career double—it came on the extra base hit variety. He doubled home two to take a 2-0 lead. In the home half, File went 1-2-3 and scored two more hits.

At one-third of the way through the game, Amarillo led 2-0. Each team had one base hit in the fourth, with Ivan Melendez reaching on a walk and Robbie Tenerowicz being hit by a pitch.

The Sod Poodles couldn’t extend their lead in the fifth inning, going down in order. File had a pseudo 1-2-3 inning, allowing a single with one out, but picked off his second runner of the game to face just three batters.

The sixth inning started with more than a bang, it started with two. Roberts homered on the first pitch of the inning and Tawa followed with one of his own three pitches later. Matt Beaty singled and Melendez made a fielder’s choice. He scored when AJ Vukovich hit his team’s third home run of the inning to left field. Brandon Valenzuela returned the favor, leading off the bottom of the inning with a solo shot to make it 6-1. File retired the next three.

The top of the Soddies order couldn’t get anything going in the seventh, but File made sure the Missions couldn’t do any damage in the middle of the innings, striking out the side.

Melendez reached base again on a walk, but that was the best Amarillo hit in the eighth. Jake Rice took over after seven great innings from File. Rice gave up a walk and hit a batter in a scoreless outing.

The Sod Poodles looked to add insurance in the ninth. They were able to do so, adding two more runs on two hits and three errors to make it 8-1. Taylor Rashi took the ball to end the game and walked the first batter. He got a groundout and a flyout before walking another. With two on and two on, Zach Reks grounded out to first base to end the game.

Coming off an 8-1 win, the Sod Poodles will look to start a winning streak Thursday night at 6:05 p.m. when they face the Missions for the third time in their series in San Antonio.


Three’s a Party: Tim Tawa, AJ Vukovich and Caleb Roberts all homered in the sixth inning. This is the fifth time the Soddies have hit three or more home runs this season and first since 5/14 against Frisco. The three home runs were good for the team’s second-most hits this season, behind the five he hit against San Antonio on June 21. It’s the second time they’ve hit three home runs in an inning, along with the June 21 game.

Filed Away a Dime: Dylan File split the assignments, striking out a career-high ten over seven innings of baseball. His ten shots were the most this season for File, surpassing the previous season’s high of six. The only other double-digit hitting performance in his minor league career was when he struck out ten against Great Lakes in 2018 with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. His seven-inning outing was his personal high this season, which he has accomplished three times.

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