Springdale, AR - One night after getting blown out, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals rebounded with a 9-1 win against the Springfield Cardinals before 8,053 fans at Arvest Ballpark on Friday night.
After the Naturals (12-22) plated an unearned run in the bottom of the first against RHP Sam Gaviglio (L, 1-5), the Cardinals (17-17) came right back in the top of the second. Facing LHP Sam Selman (W, 2-2), C Cody Stanley launched a solo home run to right field, squaring the score at 1-1.
However, Northwest Arkansas responded with another unearned run in the third, before stretching the lead with two in the bottom of the fifth. Gaviglio retired the first two batters in the fifth, but the Naturals dug in with four straight two-out singles, including RBIs for DH Mark Threlkeld and 1B Juan Graterol, to make it 4-1.
RHP Logan Billbrough took over in the fifth to record the final out in that frame, but the Naturals then got back on the attack in the sixth. Northwest Arkansas orchestrated a five-run rally on six singles, including a two-run base hit by RF Jorge Bonifacio, that increased the lead to 9-1.
Naturals RHP Angel Baez and RHP Andrew Triggs both dealt a pair of scoreless relief innings to close the 9-1 win for Northwest Arkansas.
Click here for the complete box score from Friday's game.
Cardinals come back on May 16 for a four-game series
The Cardinals continue the road trip this Saturday against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at 6:05pm. Catch all the action live on Jock 98.7 FM and SpringfieldCardinals.com, and tune in 15 minutes early for the Coyote's Sports Cafe Pregame Show.
Springfield then returns home on Friday, May 16 to host the Arkansas Travelers for a four-game series at Hammons Field. Don't miss phenomenal AM Pyrotechnics Friday Night Fireworks featuring 60s British Rock & Roll after the 7:10pm game. Gates open at 6:10pm.
The Cards and Travs then square off on Saturday, May 17 with a 6:10pm First Pitch. That day features the Coca-Cola 3/4 Sleeve Shirt Giveaway for 2,500 fans. Gates open at 5:10pm.
Sunday, May 18 will be a 2:10pm game at Hammons Field, as well as a Hiland Dairy Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream for kids before the game. All kids can then run the bases just like Cardinals after the game with The Track Family Fun Parks Kids Race the Bases promotion. Gates open at 1:10pm.
The series then wraps up on Monday, May 19 with a 7:10pm First Pitch against the Travelers. Gates open at 6:10pm.
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