North Little Rock, AR-A four run fourth inning sunk the Arkansas Travelers on Wednesday night as they fell to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 4-1.
The Naturals posted their four run fourth inning off of Travs starters Dylan Unsworth as Allen de San Miguel had an RBI single followed by a bunt hit to drive in a run from Ruben Sosa before Donnie Dewees sliced a double down the left field line to score a pair. That would be it for the Naturals on the night as Unsworth (1-4) battled through six innings to keep his team in the game but ended up with the loss.
Offensively, the Travs again struggled for a big hit going just 1-8 with runners in scoring position on the night. Their lone run came across in the fifth inning when they loaded the bases on three straight singles from Marcus Littlewood, Joey Wong and Nelson Ward. Ian Miller's sharp groundball led to a forceout but drove home the run, but they could not add on.
Later in the eighth inning, Arkansas put runners at second and third with no one out but again failed to score. Gianfranco Wawoe lined sharply right to the second baseman for the first out. Then the Naturals turned to lefty reliever Sam Selman and he struck out Chuck Taylor and Ryan Casteel to end the threat. Selman notched the final five outs to pick up his second save. Lefty starter Emilio Ogando (6 IP, 6 H, R) kept the Travs hitters off-balance and earned the win to move to 2-1.
Taylor wasted no time extending his hitting streak as he lined a single in the first inning. He has now hit safely in 19 consecutive games and reached base in 29 in a row. For the game he was 2-3 with a walk.
Arkansas will look to avoid the sweep on Thursday night as they host the Naturals again at 7:10. Right-hander Tyler Herb (1-2, 4.39) gets the call for the Travs against Northwest Arkansas righty Corey Ray (3-2, 3.41). It is "Go Western" theme night and there is a koozie giveaway for the first 300 fans through the gates. The game will also be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App, TuneIn radio and milb.tv.
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