TULSA, Okla. - Drillers' starter, Ben Holmes , stymied the sticks of the Naturals over seven and one-third innings of one-run baseball in the 8-1 loss to Tulsa at ONEOK Field on Friday night. With the loss, Northwest Arkansas has been eliminated from second half postseason consideration.
Holmes (2-2, 2.82) worked quickly over the seven and one-third innings where he scattered five hits, walked two and struck out seven batters while posting a streak of eight straight retired during the middle of his start.
The Drillers used a six-run third inning to grab the early 6-0 lead, capitalizing on four hits, five walks and two errors during the frame.
Left-hander, Emilio Ogando (11-7, 4.79 ERA) allowed five runs on five hits over two and one-third innings. It's the shortest outing by Ogando since June 19. The 25-year old entered with a 0.75 ERA over his previous eight starts and tonight, he suffered his first losing decision since July 12.
Northwest Arkansas (68-69/32-33) mustered up just five hits led by Samir Duenez who finished 2-for-4 with the lone run batted in on the night.
The Naturals will continue the regular season with the final three games of the year at Arvest Ballpark beginning on Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday. Sept. 3 against the Arkansas Travelers (Seattle Mariners) with a pair of 6:05 games on Saturday and Sunday before concluding the season with a 1:05 p.m. game on Monday.
Join the Voice of the Naturals, Benjamin Kelly, with a 5:45 Indigo Sky Casino Pregame Show leading up to the 6:05 p.m. first pitch on AM 1590, The Ticket 2.
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The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Naturals play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. For more information, including statistics, ticket options, and more, please visit NWANaturals.com, and follow us on Twitter @NWANaturals and Facebook.com/Naturals.
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