Naturals Bounce Back to Top Cardinals 9-3

by Springfield Cardinals Media Relations

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals (17-23) bounced back with a 9-3 win against the Springfield Cardinals (18-23) on Friday night at Arvest Ballpark.

DECISIONS:
W: RHP Ofreidy Gomez (2-3)
L: RHP Williams Perez (4-2)

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
-The Cardinals dealt the first blow in the top of the first with a solo blast from CF Dylan Carlson and an RBI single from DH Conner Capel, opening a 2-0 lead.

-The Naturals tied it in the bottom of the third on a run-scoring error and an RBI sac fly from 2B Gabriel Cancel.

-Northwest Arkansas rattled off seven runs to open a 9-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, fueled by back-to-back two-run doubles from RF Nick Heath and CF Khalil Lee, before RBI singles from Cancel and DH Anderson Miller.

-2B Irving Lopez collected a late RBI with a base hit that scored SS Alberto Triunfel in the top of the eighth, shaving the Naturals lead to the eventual final of 9-3.

NOTABLES:
-CF Dylan Carlson has gone 4×9 with two home runs, a triple, a double, five RBIs and three runs through the first two games of the series.

-RHP Junior Fernandez (2.2 IP) and LHP Jacob Patterson (2.0 IP) combined to toss 4.2 scoreless relief innings.