August 13, 2017 - Texas League (TL) - Northwest Arkansas Naturals
Mauricio Ramos hits a three-run home run as the Naturals shutout the RoughRiders by a 3-0 final
SPRINGDALE, Ark - Mauricio Ramos broke open a scoreless game in the fifth with a three-run home run as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (21-29/60-60) completed the three-game sweep of Frisco (20-30/51-69) on Sunday afternoon by shutting out the RoughRiders, 3-0. Northwest Arkansas finishes the homestand with a 5-1 record and are back at .500 for the season.
As the game entered the home half of the fifth, it was locked in a pitcher's duel between LHP Emilio Ogando of Northwest Arkansas and RHP Ariel Jurado of Frisco. The Naturals though would soon seize control as Donnie Dewees, Jr. collected a hit and Hunter Dozier worked a two-out walk to set the stage for Ramos. After finding himself in a 2-2 count, the Naturals' first baseman turned on Jurado's next pitch and lined a homer into the visitor's bullpen just beyond the left field wall for a 3-0 lead.
Ogando (W, 8-8) made his 19th start of the season for Northwest Arkansas and celebrated his 24th birthday in style by tossing 7.0 scoreless innings. The lefty was terrific all day as he limited the Riders to only five hits while striking out three. RHP Yunior Marte (S, 1) took over in the eighth and completed the shutout and earned the save by only allowing a hit in his 2.0 frames.
Meanwhile for the RoughRiders, Jurado (L, 8-11) was tagged with the loss on Sunday afternoon. The Frisco starter was solid as he gave up three runs on eight hits, walked two, and struck out four but ultimately gave up the game-winning big fly to Ramos.
The Naturals out-hit the RoughRiders by a 9-to-6 margin in the game with Anderson Miller leading the way with three hits while Dewees, Jr. collected another multi-hit game. Michael De Leon led the Frisco offense by going 3-for-3 out of the nine hole.
The sweep by Northwest Arkansas is the first sweep over Frisco since July 3 through July 5 during the 2016 season. The series win also gives the Naturals three in a row, which hasn't been done this year since a stretch from April 21 through May 9.
Today's game concluded the Naturals six (6) game homestand. Following a league-wide OFF day tomorrow - Monday, August 14 - the Naturals will hit the road for Texas and six (6) games against some familiar foes from the Texas League South Division. The Naturals will begin the trip in Midland on Tuesday, August 15 for three (3) games against the RockHounds (AA Oakland A's) before traveling to Frisco on August 18 for the final three (3) games against the RoughRiders (AA Texas Rangers).
Northwest Arkansas will then return home on Tuesday, August 22 for the final seven (7) game homestand of the regular season at Arvest Ballpark. The Naturals will square off against the Springfield Cardinals (AA St. Louis Cardinals) for four (4) games from August 22 through August 25 before welcoming the Arkansas Travelers (AA Seattle Mariners) on Saturday, August 26 for the final three (3) home games of the regular season. The final regular season home game is on Monday, August 28 at 7:05 p.m.
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The Northwest Arkansas Naturals are the Double-A Texas League Affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. The Naturals play at state-of-the-art Arvest Ballpark in Springdale, Ark. For more information, including statistics, ticket options, and more, please visit NWANaturals.com, and follow us on Twitter @NWANaturals and Facebook.com/Naturals.