NWA Week in Review: August 6-12

NWA Week in Review: August 6 – 12
Weekly Record: 5-1
Overall Record: 58-61, 23-26 in the second half
Standings: 3rd  (5.5 GB)
Weekly +/-: +25  (42 runs scored, 17 runs allowed)

8/7 – Jon Perrin assigned to NWA
8/7 – Bryan Brickhouse reassigned to Wilmington
8/9 – Jon Perrin activated
8/9 – Pedro Fernandez assigned to Omaha

Articles Over Naturals from this year’s team
Nicky Lopez (promoted)
Elier Hernandez (promoted)
Anderson Miller
Jake Newberry (promoted)
Jecksson Flores
Arnaldo Hernandez (promoted)
Pedro Fernandez
Samir Duenez

Overview.  The Naturals had another awesome week going 5-1 with a positive 25 run differential.  It’s tough to beat a team when they are playing so well. The Naturals have won 9 of their last 10 and 19 of their last 25.  If they keep playing like this, they will be able to win the second half of the Texas League North and make the playoffs for this year.  

Jecksson Flores continues to be hot keeping his 12-game hitting streak intact.  Over the last week he hit .458 with a double, triple, 4 R, 6 RBI, 3 BB, 2 K, and 3 SB.  Flores has hit .408 in his last 12 games with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 13 R, 7 RBI, 4 BB, 6 K, and is 7-7 on stolen base attempts.  Flores has hits in 20 of his last 21 games in which he is hitting .369 over that time period. He is currently the hottest bat on the Naturals.

Samir Duenez has put together a nice little 5-game hitting streak as well.  Over the last week he has hit .318 with a double, triple, 4 R, 4 RBI, 3 BB, and 4 K.  

Xavier Fernandez has gotten hot hitting .417 over the last week and putting together a modest 5-game hitting streak.  He added 2 doubles, 3 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 0 K, and 0 SB. Fernandez and Nick Dini are still splitting catching time equally.  Dini went 3-12 on the week with a home run, 1 R, 2 RBI, 0 BB, 4 K, and was 0-1 in stolen base attempts.

Alex Liddi has also had a strong week driving in 11 over the last 4 games.  Liddi hit .412 with a double, 2 home runs, 3 R, 1 BB, and 6 K. Liddi now has 20 home runs on the season for the Naturals.  

Erick Mejia has continued to play all over the field for the Naturals logging 3 starts in CF, 2 at SS, and 1 at 2B last week.  Mejia hit .360 with 3 doubles, a triple, a home run, 7 R, 9 RBI, 0 BB, 5 K, and 2 SB. The Royals continue to push him towards being the next utility player in the system.  

Kelvin Gutierrez hit .316 over the last week with a double, 6 R, 2 RBI, 6 BB, and 3 K.

Alfredo Escalera had a solid week playing in 4 games and hitting .462 in the process with 2 doubles, a home run, 5 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, and 1 K.

Nick Heath hit .333 in 4 games adding 4 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K, and 3 SB.  

Corey Toups was 3-11 in 3 games with a double, 2 R, an RBI, 0 BB, and 4 K.

Anderson Miller and Kort Peterson had the two roughest weeks at the plate.  Miller still managed an even BB:K ratio with 4 BB to 4 K and was 3-18 on the week.  Peterson was 1-10 on the week but only struck out 1 time.

Jace Vines had a solid start for the Naturals getting the win on Wednesday going 5.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 4 H, 2 BB, and 1 K.  Vines will make the first start of the new week on Tuesday.

Emilio Ogando had arguably his best start as a Natural getting a win while going 6.0 innings allowing 0 runs on just 2 H, 0 BB, and 5 K.  Ogando has had a back and forth year but he throws and extremely good curveball and outings like this give you hope that he can keep progressing as a starter.  

Jon Perrin got a no decision in 5.0 innings allowing 2 ER on 3 H, 2 BB, and 4 K.  Perrin had a 3-2 lead when he left but the Naturals gave up 5 in the top of the 10th inning losing 9-5.  

Scott Blewett had a strong start throwing a complete game a registering the win.  Blewett went 9.0 innings allowing 1 ER on 8 H, 0 BB, and 3 K.

Foster Griffin notched another win going 6.1 innings allowing 1 ER on 7 H, 0 BB, and 5 K.

Luis Lugo made the last start of the week for the Naturals going 5.0 innings allowing 1 ER on 6 H, 1 BB, and 5 K while getting the win.

Pedro Fernandez made one appearance for the Naturals before getting promoted to Omaha.  In that outing he went 1.0 inning. He did not allow a hit, walk, or have any strikeouts.  

Andres Machado pitched in 2 games for the week getting one save.  Machado threw 1.2 innings allowing 0 ER on 1 H, 1 BB, and 1 K.

Walker Sheller also recorded a save throwing 2.2 innings allowing 1 ER on 3 H, 0 BB, and 2 K.

Grant Gavin threw 1.2 innings allowing 0 ER on 0 H, 1 BB, and 2 K.

The rest of the bullpen had a rough week getting the lone loss on the week combining for 7.2 innings, 8 ER, 11 H, 2 BB, and 4 K.  

Upcoming.  The Naturals start a 6 game road trip at Midland before finishing at Frisco.  They will then travel home. Another good week for the Naturals will put them in the hunt for a playoff spot with just 21 games to go.  Once they get back from this road trip it’s all North Division games so their destiny is still in their hands.

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