DeFratus, Casteel lead Travs past Naturals
TRAVELERS 6, NATURALS 4
LITTLE ROCK — Ryan Casteel hit a three-run home run and had three hits, and Justin DeFratus allowed just six hits over seven innings as the Arkansas Travelers defeated the Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6-4 on Wednesday. With the victory, the Travelers swept the three-game series.
DeFratus (4-5) picked up the win after he struck out two while allowing one run.
Arkansas went up 6-0 in the third after Casteel hit a three-run home run.
After NW Arkansas scored a run in the fourth on a single by Humberto Arteaga, the Naturals cut into the deficit in the eighth inning when Mauricio Ramos hit a two-run single and then scored on a single by Arteaga.
Corey Ray (6-8) went three innings, allowing six runs and seven hits while walking two in the Texas League game. Ryan Kelly pitched 11/3 scoreless innings for his third save of the season.
NW Arkansas missed an additional scoring opportunity in the eighth, when Allan de San Miguel flew out with the bases loaded to end the inning.