Matt Fields hit a three-run homer as part of a five-run first inning as Northwest Arkansas whipped Springfield 10-3 on Wednesday and salvaged a doubleheader split.
The Cardinals took the first game 8-1.
In the nightcap, starter Yordano Ventura gave up four hits and three runs (two earned), while walking three and striking out six in 4 1/3 innings. Ventura, who didn’t get a decision, is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA on the season. In 18 1/3 innings, he has 23 strikeouts, while allowing 16 hits and walking six.
Sam Runion was the winning pitcher as he threw 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Right fielder Yem Prades went three for four with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Center fielder Brett Eibner was two for four with a double, RBI and two runs scored.
In the opener, Natural starter Sugar Ray Marimon allowed three runs on six hits in four innings, and took the loss. But reliever J.C. Sulbaran had a nightmare outing, giving up five runs on five hits and walking three in just 1 1/3 innings.
Left fielder Roman Hernandez was two for three with a double and an RBI for the Naturals. Shortstop Orlando Calixte had a double.
Class A Wilmington
Kyle Zimmer struck out 11, but didn’t get a decision as Wilmington lost 5-4 at Salem.
Zimmer, the Royals’ top pick in last year’s draft, fanned 11 in just 4 2/3 innings (just three of his outs were not via strikeout), but he walked four and gave up three hits and one run. Still, the Blue Rocks held a 4-2 lead after Daniel Mateo hit a solo homer in the top of the ninth.
In the bottom half, Andrew Triggs gave up three runs (two earned thanks to an error), two hits and a walk as the Red Sox rallied for the victory.
Mateo, a first baseman, had three hits as did left fielder Geulin Beltre. Second baseman Justin Trapp, center fielder Lane Adams, right fielder Jorge Bonifacio and third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert all had two hits.
Class A Lexington
Starter Miguel Almonte allowed five runs (four earned) in five innings as the Legends lost 6-3 at Ashville.
Almonte gave up six hits, walked two and struck out four, but took the loss as his ERA increased to 5.50.
Left fielder Terrance Gore, third baseman Michael Antonio and right fielder Ethan Chapman each had two hits.