The Northwest Arkansas Naturals closed out a win over the Arkansas Travelers on Friday night and pitcher Chris Dwyer tied a franchise record with his performance.
The following is a press release provided to i70baseball by the Northwest Arkansas Naturals and is reprinted in its entirety.
Dwyer Ties Franchise K Mark In Naturals Win
Myers’ three-run HR provides the margin
SPRINGDALE, AR – Afforded a couple of extra outs by critical Travelers mistakes, the Naturals took full advantage and Wil Myers capitalized with a three-run bomb in the third, providing the necessary margin in a 6-2 win Friday night at Arvest Ballpark.
Travelers’ shortstop Darwin Perez booted a hot grounder off the bat of Jamie Romak for what would have been the final out of the third inning, the first of two errors they made leading to four unearned runs.
Given new life and holding a 1-0 lead they built on an RBI single by Ryan Eigsti in the second inning, Romak reached and Travelers’ starter Orangel Arenas (8-6) issued a walk to Anthony Seratelli before Wil Myers took a 1-0 fastball and lasered it over the wall where it ricocheted off a wall next to the Travs’ bullpen for his fifth homer on the season and a 4-0 Naturals’ lead.
Meanwhile, suddenly spectacular Naturals’ starter Chris Dwyer (6-9) mowed down Travs hitters with aplomb. Dwyer racked up ten strikeouts over six innings of work, tying a franchise single game record. Two Naturals’ hurlers in the club’s four year existence have accomplished the feat, most recently on June 18th, 2008 when Dan Cortes fanned ten in a loss to Tulsa. Dwyer allowed four hits and two runs, one unearned, while issuing just two walks.
Those two runs for North Little Rock (18-23, 54-54) came in the fourth. Gabe Jacobo doubled down the left field line and moved to third on a double by Roberto Lopez. After Angel Castillo popped out for the second out, Alberto Rosario hit a hard grounder that Naturals’ second baseman Christian Colon was able to field at the outer edge of the infield. Colon’s throw to first was slightly offline and both runners scored as Colon was charged with a throwing error.
That was the end of the scoring for the Travs as Northwest Arkansas (22-19, 57-51) tacked on another in the sixth and one more in the eighth. Nick Francis reached with one out in the sixth when Travs’ third baseman Luis Jimenez allowed his three-hop hit to roll through his legs. Later in the frame Paulo Orlando, who was one of four Naturals to have a two-hit effort, drove him in with an RBI single.
Francis plated Wil Myers with an RBI single in the eighth to cap the scoring as Edgar Garcia took care of the rest on the mound for the Naturals, limiting the Travs to just a pair of baserunners as he allowed a single and a walk, both in the seventh. But Darwin Perez, unable to atone for his earlier miscue, grounded into the twin-killing to get the Naturals out of that threat. North Little Rock then went down in order in both the eighth and ninth as Garcia notched his second save with the Naturals.
The second game of the series on Saturday features Jake Odorizzi (3-1, 4.46), the Royals’ top right-handed pitching prospect as he looks to rebound from his first Double-A loss. He’ll match up with Traveler righty Eddie McKiernan (5-10, 5.72). Game time is 7 P.M, and the broadcast can be heard on ESPN 92.1 The Ticket. Tomorrow’s broadcast will also be available on MILB.TV (subscription required) and also broadcast on Jones TV (Channel 22 on Cox Cable in Northwest Arkansas) as well as on Time Warner Cable Metro Sports throughout the Kansas City metro as well as portions of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa.