Springdale, AR - The Northwest Arkansas Naturals took the series opener against the Springfield Cardinals, 4-0, before 3,860 fans at Arvest Ballpark on Tuesday night.
The Naturals (9-16) took an early lead in the bottom of the first against RHP Boone Whiting (L, 2-2). With one away, 3B Orlando Calixte struck out on a pitch in the dirt and managed to reach first base safely on the dropped third strike. One out later, DH Mitch Canham connected for an RBI double to make it 1-0.
Northwest Arkansas added a run on a solo shot by CF Yem Prades in the third, before an RBI double by C Juan Graterol in the fourth made it 3-0. The Naturals tallied their final run in the bottom of the fifth. With runners at second and third and two down, Whiting induced a ground ball off the bat of RF Whit Merrifield, but a fielding miscue enabled Merrifield to reach base safely and Canham to score from third.
The Cardinals (12-13) threatened with runners in scoring position in every inning from the fifth through the ninth, but the Naturals escaped each time and held on for the 4-0 win. RHP Yordano Ventura (W, 2-0) tossed five scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts to log the win, while RHP Edwin Carl (S, 4) picked up the save.
Click here for the complete box score from Tuesday's game.
The Cardinals continue the road series in Northwest Arkansas on Wednesday at 11 a.m. Catch all the action live on KBFL 1060AM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Coyote's Sports Cafe Pregame Show.
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