Game played Sunday, September 12.
Northwest Arkansas 6 at
Carrying a 2-1 lead into Game 4 of
their best of five Texas League North Division series,
For the second straight day, NW Arkansas took the early lead on an Eric Hosmer two-run home run to right center field in the top of the first.
Carpenter, who was slumping at the plate heading into the playoffs, launched a solo home run into the bullpen beyond the left field fence to give the Cardinals their first lead, 3-2.
After the first-inning home run, Additon retired 13 straight batters before issuing a harmless walk in the fifth, but a single and another two-run home run, this one by Clint Robinson, put NWA back on top in the sixth. Additon left the game after that inning, having allowed four runs on four hits while striking out seven.
Springfield answered right back in
the home sixth as Daryl Jones doubled and Derba followed with a double to re-tie
the game. Curtis then doubled to left to score Derba as
After a single in the eighth chased reliever Ramon Delgado, Scott Gorgen was called out of the bullpen to face Hosmer. The result was the same as it was against Additon in the first as the Naturals' first baseman hit another two-run shot to give the visitors a 6-5 lead. It was Hosmer's fourth home run in the four games.
The Cardinals loaded the bases in the eighth but didn't score and had one on in the ninth before Jones struck out to end the game. In the small consolation department, the Cardinals out-hit the Naturals 14 to 8.
The decisive Game 5 will be played
on Monday night at Arvest Ballpark in
Matt Frevert: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER
Jermaine Curtis: 2-for-5, 2B, R, 2 RBI
Pete Kozma: 2-for-5, 2B, 2K
Matt Carpenter: 3-for-4, BB, R, HR, RBI
Daryl Jones: 2-for-4, 2 2B, BB, R, K
Nick Derba: 2-for-4, 2 2B, R, RBI, K
Nick Additon: 6 IP, 4 H, 4 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HR
Scott Gorgen: 2/3 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 0 K, 1 HR, blown save, loss
Andrew Brown: 1-for-5, RBI, K
Aaron Luna: 0-for-5, 3 K
Chris Swauger: 1-for-4, 2B
Game 5 at NW Arkansas Monday evening:
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