The Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, experienced the joy of participating in one of baseball’s truly rare moments, the no-hitter. The Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals experienced the agony of being on the receiving end.
The following press releases were sent in to the i70 mailbox from the two teams.
Naturals No-Hit Cardinals
Holland, Dwyer, Lafferty, Volz combine to throw gem
SPRINGDALE, AR- The Northwest Arkansas Naturals (17-16) got the second no-hitter in franchise history topping the Springfield Cardinals 2-0 on Thursday night at Arvest Ballpark. The no-hitter was the first in the history of Arvest Ballpark, and the second for the Naturals, the last coming on July 19, 2011 at North Little Rock.
Greg Holland was brilliant in his second major league rehab start. He used just 14 pitches to strikeout the side in order. The Naturals offense wasted not time getting to Cardinals (14-19) starter Trevor Rosenthal (2-4) getting three consecutive singles to start the game. The last one was an RBI single from Wil Myers to give the Naturals a 1-0 lead. Rosenthal was able to get Mario Lisson to ground into a force out and strike out Eric Duncan to strand runners on second and third. The Naturals offense tacked on a second run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Julio Rodriguez smacked an RBI single to right field to score Duncan making it 2-0.
Chris Dwyer (2-4) came in the second inning and picked up right where Holland left off. Dwyer worked six and two thirds inning without allowing a hit walking two and hitting one batter. Brendan Lafferty came on and kept the no-hit bid alive getting Kolten Wong to fly out to Paulo Orlando just one step in front of the fence.
Kendal Volz got Jermaine Curtis to line out to Colon at short to get the first out of the ninth inning. Cardinals top prospect Oscar Taveras grounded out to second base for the second out. Kyle Conley stepped to the plate as the last chance for the Cardinals and he grounded out to shortstop to complete the no-hitter.
Naturals No-Hit Cardinals in 2-0 Loss
Springfield Suffers First No-Hitter in Franchise History
Springfield, MO – After a tremendous eight-game homestand which saw the Cardinals go 6-2, the Springfield squad embarked on yet another eight-game road trip beginning with four in NW Arkansas against the Naturals.
The last time away from Hammons Field the Cardinals went 0-8 and set a franchise record for most consecutive road losses in a row; they looked to snap that stretch Thursday night with Trevor Rosenthal on the mound. The Naturals countered with Major League Rehabber Greg Holland for an inning then lefty Chris Dwyer, coming off a start in which he allowed 10 runs to Springfield.
After a quick top of the first, Rosenthal battled through to bottom of the inning. After allowing three straight singles, including an RBI single by Wil Myers, the Naturals had a 1-0 lead. The righty settled down however to retire the next three batters to limit the damage to just the one run.
The Naturals added another run in the 4th as former Springfield Cardinal Eric Duncan singled, stole second with two outs and scored on an RBI single by Julio Rodriguez to grab a 2-0 lead. Rosenthal would leave after just 4.1 innings and gave way to Kevin Thomas with a runner at second and one out. Thomas would strikeout the next two batters to keep the game 2-0 after five.
Springfield had their first real scoring chance in the 6th with two outs after a hit by pitch and a walk brought Oscar Taveras to the plate, but the Cardinals’ centerfielder flied out to shallow center field to retire the side.
Chris Dwyer was dominant for the Naturals pitching 6.2 innings of no-hit ball while striking out five and walking just two. After a two out walk in the 8th, Dwyer gave way to Brendan Lafferty. Kolten Wong was able to get good wood on the ball, but flied out to the wall in right field keeping the Cardinals out of the hit column.
In the 9th, closer Kendal Volz retired the Cardinals in order to complete the second no-hitter in Naturals history. It was the first time in Springfield’s history that they were no-hit.
The Redbirds will continue their four-game set against the NW Arkansas Naturals Friday night at 7:30pm. Michael Blazek will start for Springfield against Jake Odorizzi of the Naturals.