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Marsh Strikes out 10, But Naturals Shut Out for First Time in 2022

May 19, 2022 - Texas League (TL) - Northwest Arkansas Naturals News Release

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Starting pitcher Alec Marsh struck out 10 across five innings, including a stretch of eight straight, but the Northwest Arkansas Naturals provided little in the way of run support, shut out for the first time this season by a 5-0 margin against the Arkansas Travelers.

After Marsh surrendered a two-run triple in the first inning, he retired the next 11 batters in a row through the end of the fourth inning, including eight straight strikeouts, with a 1-2-3 second inning and then striking out the side in the third and fourth innings.

He allowed a pair of runners to reach in the fifth, snapping the strikeout streak, but struck out his 10th batter, setting an individual season-high for Naturals pitchers, as the Wisconsin native also pitched 5.0 complete innings for the first time this season.

Holden Capps followed Marsh with 1.1 scoreless innings, then after Yefri Del Rosario stranded a pair of Capps' baserunners in the seventh, was tagged for three runs on five hits in the eighth, as Arkansas added important insurance runs.

The sole hits of the night for Northwest Arkansas were all singles, in the second from John Rave, the third from Tucker Bradley and the fifth from Maikel Garcia, an inning where the Naturals stranded the bases loaded.

Travelers starter Connor Jones fired 8.0 scoreless innings, allowing the three hits and just one walk, while hitting two batters and striking out eight.

The Naturals look to snap a now four-game losing streak Friday night at Dickey-Stephens Park at 7:05 p.m. CT, with the two-time defending Texas League Pitcher of the Week, left-hander Drew Parrish, headed to the mound.

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