NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Josh Staumont fired 5.2 innings of one-run baseball; but the Naturals offense could not conjure an offensive spurt in the 1-0 loss to the Arkansas Travelers at Dickey-Stephens Ballpark on Saturday night.
Staumont (3-4, 4.44 ERA) kept the Travelers bats quiet and did not allow a hit through his first three and one-third innings. Ryan Casteel singled to leftfield on a 3-1 pitch and moved to second a wild pitch. Two batters later, Seth Mejias-Brean dribbled a broken-bat base-hit up the middle to bring home lone tally of the night in the fourth.
The fourth inning ended with Mejias-Brean tossed out at home after attempting to score on double by Steve Baron. Cody Jones fielded the double on a back-handed play in the left-centerfield gap and relayed the thrown to second base where Humberto Arteaga fired home to catcher, Nick Dini to nab Mejias-Brean at the plate to retire the side, keeping the deficit at 1-0.
Northwest Arkansas (27-41/66/72) tabbed just four hits in the game and out-hit the Travelers, 4-3; but double-plays turned by Arkansas in the third and fifth innings halted mid-inning rallies to keep the Naturals scoreless.
The bullpen covered the final 3.1 innings of shutout relief. Right-hander, Jason Adam worked 1.2 innings and struck out two with left-hander, Matt Tenuta working the final two outs of the eighth inning with a strikeout.
Alfredo Escalera, Anderson Miller, Humberto Arteaga and Jones recorded the four hits for the Naturals.
The series continues on Sunday, September 3rd with a 2:10 first pitch from Dickey-Stephens Park. Left-hander, Emilio Ogando (9-10, 3.50) will make his 23rd start of the year for the Naturals against right-hander, Bryan Evans (4-1, 3.45) countering for the Travelers.
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