Yilber Diaz stars in first Double-A start with Sod Poodles

VIDEO: Yibler Diaz stars in first Double-A start with Sod Poodles
Published: Sep. 5, 2023 at 10:57 PM CDT
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AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) - The Sod Poodles took down the Arkansas Travelers on Tuesday night in a close 2-1 pitching duel.

For the Sod Poodles, it was freshly called up righty Yilber Diaz with a dominant performance on the mound.

Diaz went five strong innings allowing just one earned run to go along with six strikeouts in the victory.

The 23-year-old pitcher had posted a 5.03 ERA in Single-A with Hillsboro this season before being called up to Amarillo. Despite his struggles at the lower level, Diaz delivered exactly what Amarillo needed in a one-run victory in the midst of a playoff race.

The win lowers Amarillo’s magic number to clinch a playoff spot down to six, up five games with 11 left to play.

They’ll be back in action on Wednesday in Arkansas at 7:00 p.m. as the series continues.