Spring­field shuts out Nat­u­rals, 2-0

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - SCOREBOARD -


SPRING­FIELD, Mo. — The Spring­field Car­di­nals de­feated the North­west Arkansas Nat­u­rals 2-0 on Fri­day night at Ham­mons Field.

Nat­u­rals’ start­ing pitcher Jake Kal­ish (0-7, 3.55) went five in­nings and al­lowed two runs. The left-han­der scat­tered six hits and fanned three in his eighth start of the sea­son. He re­tired the fi­nal nine bat­ters he faced.

The North­west Arkansas bullpen posted three in­nings of shutout re­lief be­tween righthander Mark Peter­son, left-han­der Richard Love­lady and righthander Jake New­berry. Peter­son worked 2/3 of a score­less sixth in­ning be­fore turn­ing things over to Love­lady, who pitched one frame of per­fect re­lief.

New­berry tossed 11 /3 in­nings and did not al­low a hit. Over his last 14 games, New­berry has worked to the tune of a 1.56 ERA in 17 1 /3 in­nings.

The Nat­u­rals (54-56 over­all, 16-26 sec­ond half) were held to just three hits on the night.

Paulo Or­lando, who is on a re­hab as­sign­ment of the Kansas City Roy­als, was 2-for-2 at the plate with a pair of walks and is now 9-for-20 (.450) through six games with the Nat­u­rals. Nicky Lopez ac­counted for the third hit on the night, go­ing 1-for-3.

The loss marks the 11th con­sec­u­tive road loss for the Nat­u­rals, match­ing a fran­chise record pre­vi­ously set in 2012.

The Nat­u­rals con­tinue their four-game se­ries at 6:10 p.m. tonight. Right-han­der Corey Ray (6-9, 4.93) will make his 23rd start of the sea­son for the Nat­u­rals.

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