SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Naturals concluded the four-game series at Hammons Field on Sunday night and dropped the finale, 5-2 against the Springfield Cardinals.
Allan de San Miguel highlighted the offense for the Naturals with a 2-for-2 evening which included his first home run of the season. The veteran backstop took Springfield starter, Ryan Helsley (1-0, 2.53) over the left-field fence in the sixth inning to put Northwest Arkansas on the board.
Trailing 5-1 entering the seventh frame, Alfredo Escalera , cracked his bat and brought home Samir Duenez from third to cut the Naturals deficit to 5-2 entering the stretch.
Northwest Arkansas (55-59/16-28) outhit the Cardinals for the second consecutive night, 8-6.
Starter, Foster Griffin (8-4, 3.62) took the loss working 4.0 innings of four-run baseball. Right-hander, Zach Lovvorn pitched 3.0 innings of one-run relief while Yunior Marte worked a perfect eighth frame in his 10th appearance of the season.
The Naturals will enjoy the club's first off-day since July 11, ending the 26 straight day stretch, on Monday, August 7 before commencing upon a six-game homestand against the Midland RockHounds (Oakland A's) and Frisco RoughRiders from Tuesday, August 8 through Sunday, August.
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