Naturals go up 2-0, Blue Rocks postponed

The NW Arkansas Naturals took Game 2 in comeback fashion, 5-3. They now have a 2-0 Texas League North Division Series lead, heading to Arkansas for Game 3 with Brooks Pounders on the mound for the possible clincher.

Third baseman Hunter Dozier during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Third baseman Hunter Dozier during spring training 2015 (Jen Nevius).

Travelers starter Michael Brady carried a no-hitter into the sixth, before Parker Morin led off the inning with a single. Two singles later, the Naturals had the bases loaded and Brady was being pulled.

Jorge Bonifacio worked a bases loaded walk to bring in the Naturals first run. Two batters later, Lane Adams tied the game with a two-run single. With two outs, Hunter Dozier drove in two runs to give the Naturals their first lead.

The five-run 6th inning took Naturals starter Luke Farrell off the hook. He allowed just one run on three hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Sam Selman followed and allowed two runs on three hits in the sixth. He was credited with the win.

Matt Murray and Benino Pruneda each threw a scoreless inning of relief.

Mark Peterson earned the save, despite a leadoff walk to start the ninth. A liner to shortstop ended the game, as the base runner was doubled off first base.

*After an over two hour rain delay, Game 2 of the Carolina League Northern Division Series was postponed. The Wilmington Blue Rocks will look to clinch over visiting Lynchburg on Friday night.

In the Southern Division Series, Myrtle Beach was looking to tie the series up at 1-1 when rain delayed the game in the top of the ninth, with the Pelicans leading 4-1. However, Winston-Salem had the bases loaded and nobody out.

Pelicans starter Brad Markey carried a no-hitter in the 8th inning, when Keon Barnum doubled to start the inning.

About Jen Nevius

I first became a KC Royals fan way back in 1995 when I attended my first Wilmington Blue Rocks game. I fell in love with minor league baseball then and began following the Royals as former Blue Rocks clawed their way to the big leagues. 3+ years ago I started covering the Royals for Aerys Sports, but since the site has been shut down, I am going out on my own.
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