06/29/2012 11:14 PM ET
By Nathan Bowen / Northwest Arkansas Naturals
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX- The Naturals fell 3-1 on Friday night at Whataburger Field to the Corpus Christi Hooks. The two teams combined for 19 hits in the contest but managed to push across only four runs.
The Naturals' (40-37) offense got on the board first in the top of the second inning. Eric Duncan worked a walk, then moved to third on an Alex McClure single. He later scored on an RBI single by catcher Julio Rodriguez to give the Naturals a 1-0 lead.
The Hooks (42-35) battled back to even the game in the bottom of the fourth inning. Andrew Simunic delivered an RBI double to tie the game at one. The double by Simunic put runners on second and third with just one out. Naturals' starter Chris Dwyer worked out of the jam getting both Jair Fernandez and Drew Murens to line out, in order to keep the game tied at one.
Dwyer went five and two-thirds innings allowing five hits and two runs, while walking and striking out three. Over his last three outings the left-hander has allowed just four runs in 19.2 innings of work. Kody Hinze's two-out doulbe in the sixth chased Dwyer (5-7) from the game. Ethan Hollingsworth surrendered an RBI single to Simunic to give the Hooks a 2-1 lead.
Jose Cisnero (5-6) turned in a quality outing on the mound for the Hooks. He went six innings allowing eight hits and just one run. Cisnero, one of the top strikeout pitchers in the league added five to his total on Friday, giving him 88 for the season in 82.0 innings of work.
The Hooks tacked on an insurance run in the eighth inning getting an RBI single from Jair Fernandez to make it 3-1. Nick Van Stratten threw out Hinze at the plate to prevent further damage and end the inning. Jason Stoffel worked around a Mario Lisson single in the ninth to earn his 12th save of the season.
The Naturals will continue their three game series in Corpus Christi tomorrow night at 7:05 PM. Left-hander Noel Arguelles (2-7, 6.12) will take the mound for the Naturals against the Hooks right-hander Bobby Doran (1-0, 9.00). The game can be heard on ESPN 92.1 The Ticket.