Last Night was a strange game at Dickey-Stephen Park as the Naturals beat the Travelers 2-0. It was the first shutout of the season for NWA and both teams threw it well.
In fact, the Naturals very nearly got no-hit. The lone knock came in the 5th on a blooper into short right by Chris McConnell. Travelers’ 2nd baseman Ryan Mount nearly made a basket catch sliding on his back but couldn’t hang onto it as he was sliding on his back.
It’s great that the Naturals can win when the offense is not clicking (due in large part to great pitching) but it wouldn’t hurt for the offense to pick things up again.
The bats have been either real hot or real cold of late. In the last 6 contests, the Naturals have had some of their poorest offensive games this year, with hit totals of 1, 4 and 5 in three different games. But have also had double-digit hits twice including a season-best 13 on Tuesday when they scored 9 runs against Corpus Christi.
Hopefully the offense can start to heat things up again tonight as they go for back-to-back wins over the in-state rivals.