NORTH LITTLE ROCK -- Nabil Crismatt's command just keeps getting stronger -- and his ERA keeps getting lower.
The Texas League's top starting pitcher this season put his league-best 2.17 ERA on the line in the rubber match between the Travelers and Naturals on Wednesday night at Dickey-Stephens Park.
Crismatt didn't flinch.
The 24-year-old right-hander from Barranquilla, Colombia, was masterful all night, pitching a two-hit, complete-game shutout with 14 strikeouts and no walks.
Crismatt lowered his season ERA to 1.94, as the Travelers cruised to a 3-0 victory over the Naturals to take two games in the three-game series.
"Oh my god, tonight was awesome," Crismatt said. "It's one of the best starts that I've had in my career. I was feeling awesome. I was commanding all my pitches tonight."
Travs manager Cesar Nicolas was stunned afterward at Crismatt's performance.
"I honestly don't have the words. It was just an unbelievable pitching performance," Nicolas said. "The fact that he showed up today and took it upon himself to give us that type of outing, impressive -- really impressive."
With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the third, first baseman Evan White ripped a two-RBI, ground-rule double to deep right-center to put the Travs up 2-0.
Moments later, a passed ball got past Naturals catcher Meibrys Viloria, allowing Aaron Knapp to score from third to make it 3-0 Travs.
Naturals right-handed starter Jackson Kowar, who entered Wednesday with a 1.04 ERA in three starts, finished the night allowing 6 hits, 2 walks and 2 earned runs to go along with 4 strikeouts in five innings pitched.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Homestand
At Arvest Ballpark, Springdale
ON THE AIR KYNG-AM 1590; KQSM-FM 92.1
TODAY vs. Tulsa, 7:05 p.m.
FRIDAY vs. Tulsa, 7:05 p.m.
SATURDAY vs. Tulsa, 6:05 p.m.
SUNDAY vs. Tulsa 2:05
This Week's Promotions
TODAY The first 800 fans receive a free Naturals pennant.
FRIDAY Post-game fireworks.
SATURDAY The first 1,500 fans receive a free Naturals throwback jersey.
SUNDAY Kids younger than 12 receive a voucher for a free hot dog, Clif kids bar and 12-ounce soda, and all kids can run the bases following the game.
SHORT HOPS The Naturals are 9-9 in the second half, 3 1/2 games behind first-place Arkansas in the Texas League North Division heading into the series finale with the Travelers. ... Pitcher Ofreidy Gomez (6-6 3.36 ERA) picked up the win Tuesday, allowing no earned runs over seven innings, to help stop a three-game Naturals' losing skid. Gomez is now 4-3 with a 2.06 ERA with 37 strikeouts in 39 1/3 innings. ... Brady Singer, fresh off his performance in the Futures Game, is scheduled to start on the mound for Northwest Arkansas to open a four-game series against Tulsa tonight. Singer (2-0 6.28 ERA) is the top-rated prospect in the Kansas City Royals minor league system by a variety of publications. ... The Naturals continue to struggle offensively, ranking next to last in the league in home runs and runs scored, but have stolen a league-best 148 bases, far ahead of second-place Corpus Christi's 83. ... Infielder Gabriel Cancel continues to enjoy a strong season as he's tied for the league lead in home runs (14), third in doubles (20) and second in RBIs (56).
-- Paul Boyd • @NWAPaulB
• Home plate/Super Premium: $14
• Dugout Super Premium: $13
• Dugout Premium: $11
• Reserved: $9
• Grass Berm: $8
*Individual tickets $1 off when purchased in advance of game day.
CLEAR BAG POLICY
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals have a clear bag policy at all home events at Arvest Ballpark.
Each ticketed fan is allowed to bring in one clear bag and/or a small clutch purse and one clear unopened bottle of water.
The following bags will be permitted at Arvest Ballpark:
• Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches.
• One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag.
• A small clutch purse, no larger than 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, the size of the palm of your hand, with or without a handle or strap.
All types of bags and clutch purses will be screened prior to entry into the stadium. Child care items (i.e. diapers) are permitted; however, they must be in an approved clear bag to enter. All bags and purses not meeting the requirements set forth by the clear bag policy will not be permitted to enter the ballpark.
Fans carrying required medical supplies or devices into the stadium are not subject to the clear bag policy but will be required to go through the bag check lines set up near the main gate. The person requiring these must accompany their bag at all times.
NW News on 07/11/2019
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