Weekly Record: 2-4
Overall Record: 43-54
Standings: 12-17; 4.5 GB from first place Arkansas
The Naturals started the week on a southern road trip. They lost the first series to the Corpus Christi Hooks two games to one after winning the opening game.
Nick Heath started the week off continuing on his hot streak with a multi-hit game on Tuesday at Corpus Christi in the Naturals’ win. Heath hit his sixth home run of the season as well as singling in the game. Taylor Featherston also homered for the Naturals, and had a huge week overall. DJ Burt stole his 19th base on the season as well. Jackson Kowar made another strong start for the Naturals, getting a no decision in 6.0 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits, 2 walks, and 6 strikeouts. Andres Sotillet got credit for the win, going 1.2 innings in relief giving up 1 hit with 3 strike outs. Tyler Zuber got his 5th save for the Naturals, going 1.0 innings allowing 1 hit and striking out 3. The Naturals struck out 13 batters, including 7 of the last 10.
Brady Singer followed up Kowar’s strong game with one of his own. Singer took the loss even though he didn’t give up an earned run. Singer went 6.0 innings, giving up 3 unearned runs on 2 hits, 1 walk, and 6 strikeouts. Grant Gavin struck out 3 batters in his inning of work. Offensively, Heath got another hit and stole his 47th base. Kevin Merrell stole a base and walked. Emmanuel Rivera and Anderson Miller got the only other two Naturals hits.
The Hooks took the series from the Naturals, but it wasn’t because the Naturals got a bad start from Gerson Garabito. He matched JB Bukauskas pitch for pitch, going 6.0 innings and giving up just 1 run on 6 hits, 1 walk, and 7 strikeouts.
Kort Peterson joined Miller and Heath with 2 hits each. Heath was caught stealing for the 9th time this season, but Peterson stole his 4th base of the season. Merrell had a triple and Freddy Fermin doubled.
For the Hooks series, the Naturals’ starters threw 18.0 innings, giving up a combined 3 ER on 12 hits, 4 walks, and 19 strikeouts. When your starters dominate like this, in theory, you should come out of a series with a sweep. This series was a lost opportunity to move up on some of their Northern Division opponents.
The Naturals went from Corpus Christi to Amarillo to take on the Sod Poodles. The series is four games.
Picture taken by me earlier this season.