Big win today for the Naturals and in the process snapped a couple of streaks. Obviously, the two-game losing streaks ended but on the pitching staff, there was good news as well.
Anthony Lerew garnered the first win of the season for a Naturals starting pitcher. Considering it was the 12th game of the season and the 6th win, it took quite a while. Now the Naturals pitchers just got their pitch counts stretched out to 90 pitches so they should be able to go a little deeper into ballgames and hopefully can pick up a few more victories.
Also today, the Naturals got their first save as Chris Nicoll recorded the final two outs of the contest with the tying runs on base. There really shouldn’t have been a save opportunity today, but after the Hooks had scored 4 in the 9th to pull within two, it was good to see Nicoll come in and slam the door.
Hopefully, the Naturals can carry the momentum from this win (in front of the 4th biggest Naturals home crowd ever) down to North Little Rock this weekend for the first series of the year against the Travelers.
We’ll check in with an update from the Rock…until then, enjoy the off day and Go Naturals and Royals!