Naturals sweep doubleheader against Travs

The NW Arkansas Naturals, behind another huge day by Mike Moustakas, padded their division lead with a doubleheader sweep over the Arkansas Travelers. The Naturals now lead the second place Springfield Cardinals by 2.5 games.

AA: NW Arkansas 11, Arkansas 1 (F7)

W: Eduardo Paulino (2-0, 2.91)
HR: Mike Moustakas (4), Tim Smith (1)

NW Arkansas 6, Arkansas 4 (F7)

W: Brandon Sisk (2-1, 2.08)

The Naturals swept both games of their doubleheader on Sunday, showing no rust despite having their previous two games rained out. Friday and Saturday night's games against the Travelers were postponed due to severe weather in Little Rock, with Friday's rainout forcing the teams to play two shortened games Sunday. With the sweep, the Naturals (13-8) finished the weekend with a 2.5 game lead over the Springfield Cardinals in the Texas League North Division.

Offensively, the Naturals pounded Arkansas pitching, scoring 17 runs over the 14 innings. In the first game, Mike Moustakas slugged his fourth home run in the season and added two doubles, raising his average to .368 on the season. Tim Smith smacked his first home run on the year, going 2-for-4 in the opener, while Derrick Robinson had three hits, including a triple. In the second game, Moustakas continued to perform well at the plate, going 1-for-2 with two walks. Nick Van Stratten was 2-for-3, while Paulo Orlando hit his first triple on the year.

Game one starter Eduardo Paulino earned the win by pitching five shutout innings, surrendering one hit while fanning three. Edgar Osuna started the second game and didn't pitch as well, going four innings and allowing four runs, but only one was earned. Brandon Sisk was able to get the victory by pitching three scoreless innings in relief.

The Naturals wrap up the series with the Travelers on Monday before heading home to open a series against second place Springfield on Tuesday.

Game 1

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

AVG

Notes

Robinson D, CF

5

2

3

1

.347

3B (5), 2 SB (17)

Giavotella, 2B

4

1

1

0

.321

BB, SB (4)

Moustakas, 3B

4

3

3

4

.368

HR (4), 2 2B (7)

Robinson C, 1B

4

0

1

0

.274

BB

Howell, C

3

1

1

3

.417

2B (1)

Van Stratten, RF

3

1

1

0

.286

BB, CS (2)

Smith, LF

4

2

2

3

.368

HR (1)


Pitcher

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Paulino (W, 2-0)

5.0

1

0

0

2

3

0

2.91

Coleman

2.0

2

1

1

0

1

0

3.65


Game 2

Player

AB

R

H

RBI

AVG

Notes

Robinson D, CF

3

0

1

0

.346

SB (18)

Giavotella, 2B

4

1

1

0

.317

SB (5)

Moustakas, 3B

2

1

1

0

.375

2 BB, E (2)

Robinson C, 1B

4

0

0

0

.260

Van Stratten, RF

3

1

2

0

.301

BB

Pina, C

3

2

0

1

.268

BB

Mertins, SS

2

0

0

1

.250

Rare start at SS

Orlando, LF

3

0

1

2

.206

3B (1), OF Assist


Pitcher

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

HR

ERA

Osuna

4.0

6

4

1

1

2

0

1.00

Sisk (W, 2-1)

3.0

2

0

0

0

4

0

2.08



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