NWA Week in Review: April 30 – May 6
Weekly Record: 3-4
Overall Record: 10-19
Standings: 4th (7.5 GB)
Weekly +/- : -5 (30 runs scored, 35 runs allowed)
4/30 – Corey Toups to the DL
5/3 – Corey Ray reassigned to Idaho Falls
5/3 – Luis Vasquez assigned to NWA
Overview. After losing five 1-run games last week, the Naturals fared better this week only losing one. This is due to the fact that they only played one of those games this week. Most contests were not close games at the end of the game including the Naturals season high 17 hits against the Travelers on Sunday. The Naturals lost the last game of the series with Tulsa on Monday losing the series before they split their series with the Springfield Cardinals. They are currently splitting their series with two games left against the Arkansas Travelers.
Hot hitters this week were paced with Nicky Lopez who had a great week hitting .458 with an OPS of 1.119. Lopez went 11-24 with 5 runs scored, a double, a triple, 2 RBI, 4 BBs, and 2 Ks. Lopez has been in the 1 or 2 spot in the lineup most of the year but hit in the 3 hole the last two games. It is also worth mentioning that Lopez played only at SS this week.
Donnie Dewees has started to heat up after a cold start. Dewees went 10-27 this week and had some big games in the leadoff spot the last few games including a 4 hit performance. Dewees also added 5 runs, 2 doubles, 2 triples, 3 RBI, 1 BB, and 2 K.
John Brontsema had a good week going 5-14 with 2 runs scored, 2 SB, 1 BB, and 4 K.
It is worth noting that Jecksson Flores started 6 games this week at 3B, 2B, and as a DH after being in LF last week. Flores has played well recently in the utility role and can also steal bases and take a walk.
Glenn Sparkman made the longest start of the season for a Naturals pitcher when he went 8.0 innings against Springfield on Thursday. Sparkman allowed 2 runs, 1 earned, 5 hits, no walks, and 5 K.
Scott Blewett had two starts this week. He put in one quality start and finished 2 outs short of a second. Overall, Blewett threw 11.1 innings, allowed 5 runs but only 3 were earned, 15 hits, 5 BB, and 8 K.
Foster Griffin had a rough outing no making it through 5.0 innings and only striking out one batter. Emilio Ogando had another rough outing. Ogando has thrown 18.0 innings on the season and allowed 15 free base runners. Combine that with 22 hits allowed and you have the recipe for a disaster. Ogando is basically allowing 2 runners per inning. Zach Lovvorn also had a rough start this week.
From the relief corp Walker Sheller has yet to give up a run in AA and has only allowed one on the season. In 14.0 innings, Sheller has a 0.64 ERA, allowed 11 hits, walked 4, and struck out 12. Sam Selman had two solid outings this week going 3.0 innings, allowing 1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk, and striking out 6. Jake Newberry had a two inning save and threw 3.0 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 6. Jake Kalish threw 3.1 scoreless innings in one outing this week. And Franco Terrero has started to right the ship going 3.0 innings, allowing no runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, and struck out 2.
Upcoming. The Naturals finish their series at Arkansas Monday and Tuesday before having an off day Wednesday. They will then host the Tulsa Drillers at home in a four game series. Saturday is the Mike Moustakas bobblehead night so make sure you get there early. And don’t forget that Sunday is Mother’s Day!