Springdale, AR-The Arkansas Travelers dropped a tight contest Tuesday at Northwest Arkansas, 3-1. It was the sixth straight loss for the Travs.
Arkansas received a good start from Lindsey Caughel who worked six innings while surrendering only two runs on three hits. Naturals starter Matt Tenuta was a hair better though as he pitched six shutout innings and handed a lead to his bullpen.
The Travs would put up a late rally. Trailing 3-0 going into the eighth, Jay Baum launched his first homer of the season to cut the deficit to two. Brock Hebert and Chuck Taylor followed with base hits to put the tying runs on base with no outs. Sidearm lefty Tim Hill came in from the Naturals bullpen though to cool the threat as he got a strikeout of Ian Miller and then Ryan Casteel bounced into a double play to end the inning.
Both Taylor and Casteel had hits in the game to extend their hitting streaks which have now reached 12.
Tenuta (2-1) picked up the win while Caughel (2-3) despite the quality start took the loss. Hill earned his first save after recording the final six outs.
The Travs take tomorrow off before returning to Dickey-Stephens Park on Thursday night to open an eight game homestand. First pitch against the Springfield Cardinals is set for 7:10 and it's "Who Dun It?" Mystery Theme night at the ballpark. Right-hander Dylan Unsworth (1-2, 5.24) is scheduled to pitch for Arkansas against righty Jack Flaherty (5-0, 0.69) for Springfield. The game will also be broadcast on the Sports Animal 920, the First Pitch App, TuneIn radio and milb.tv.
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