Game played Monday, September 13.
Northwest Arkansas 8,
After four games of their North
Division playoff series, the Springfield Cardinals and NW Arkansas Naturals were
knotted at 2-2 just as when they split their 32-game regular-season series. The
Naturals hosted the decisive Game 5 at Arvest Ballpark in
The Naturals did not trail for long as they loaded the bases on a single and two walks in the bottom of the first. Clint Robinson cleared the bases with a double to right center to give NWA a 3-1 lead. Nick Van Stratten followed with a single to center field that Daryl Jones overran allowing Robinson to score from third and giving the home club a 4-1 advantage. Hearne was pulled from the game without retiring a batter. Kevin Thomas relieved and gave up a single before getting out of the inning.
NW Arkansas kept scoring in the second as a hit by pitch and a walk followed by an RBI single increased their lead to 5-1. Two batters later, a two-run single off Thomas put the Naturals up by six, 7-1.
The Cardinals plated two runs in
the fourth on a wild pitch and a Chris Swauger sacrifice fly.
Thomas Eager allowed a leadoff home run in the home seventh to give one run back.
Blake King: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Jermaine Curtis: 2-for-4
Trey Hearne: 0 IP, 3 H, 4 R/ER, 2 BB, 0 K, 0 HR, loss
Kevin Thomas: 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 3 BB, 4 K
Thomas Eager: 2 IP, 2 H, 1 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HR
Pete Kozma: 1-for-4, R, K, GIDP
Matt Carpenter: 1-for-4, 2 R
Andrew Brown: 1-for-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
Aaron Luna: 0-for-2, BB, 2 K
Chris Swauger: 0-for-3, SF RBI, 2 K
Xavier Scruggs: 1-for-4, HR, RBI, 2 K
Daryl Jones: 1-for-4, 2B, fielding error
Nick Derba: 0-for-2, BB
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