Northwest Arkansas starter Everett Teaford (1-1) had a rough night in just his second Texas League start, recording just two outs, while surrendering seven runs.
Tyler Henley, Daniel Descalso and Mark Hamilton all had run-scoring hits, as the first five Cards reached safely with base hits, taking a 3-0 lead just five batters into the game. After Teaford earned back-to-back strikeouts, Antone DeJesus lined an RBI single to right, putting the Cards in front 4-0. Nick Derba followed with his first Texas League hit, loading the bases for Pete Kozma, who cleared them with a three-run triple down the right-field line, making it 7-0.
The Naturals got one back in the second, on a John Suomi RBI single, making it a 7-1 game. Cards' starter Brandon Dickson allowed two more in the third inning, as Jeff Bianchi's RBI groundout and Vance Wilson's RBI double pulled Northwest Arkansas to within four at 7-3.
Dickson (4-4) went on to work five full innings, retiring the final seven men he faced. He allowed a total of three runs on eight hits, in picking up the win.
Springfield now looks for two in a row, as they send All-Star Trey Hearne (6-1) to the mound on Sunday evening. The Naturals look for three of four in the series, countering with right-hander Blake Wood (2-5). Game time on Sunday night at Hammons Field is 6:10pm.