SPRINGDALE — Taylor Featherston continued Northwest Arkansas’ power surge Wednesday.
Featherston hit two home runs as Northwest Arkansas defeated Tulsa 6-5 to complete a three-game sweep of the Drillers. Featherston hit home runs in the first and seventh innings for the Naturals (16-22), who rallied from a 4-1 deficit.
Featherston also connected for a home run Tuesday when the Naturals slugged five homers during a 12-10 win over the Drillers. The veteran infielder now has four on the season to match the four home runs he hit while playing in 55 games last year at Triple-A Rochester.
Featherston raised his average to .291 since coming off the disabled list earlier this week.
“Taylor, he’s our spark plug,” Northwest Arkansas manager Darryl Kennedy said. “He plays a great shortstop, and he came up with some big hits again for us.”
Anderson Miller added three hits for Northwest Arkansas while Jared Walker hit a three-run home in the second inning to put Tulsa (20-18) ahead 4-1.
The Naturals scored twice in the sixth inning to take a 5-4 lead. Travis Jones put the Naturals ahead with an RBI single after Miller tied the game 4-4 with an RBI double.
Arnoldo Hernandez (2-0) earned the victory with relief help from Emilio Ogando and Franco Terrero. All four runs against Hernandez were unearned.
“Arnoldo, he’s pretty experienced, and he doesn’t let those things bother him,” Kennedy said of two errors by the Naturals. “Hat’s off to him and that sixth inning was an outstanding job where he got the right-hander [Steve Berman] after they loaded the bases. He deserved that win.”
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Tulsa scored four runs in the second inning with the help of a dropped fly in center field by Nick Heath, who stood looking at his glove while a teammate retrieved the baseball.
One run scored on the error, and Jared Walker followed with a three-run home run to give the Drillers a 4-1 lead.
Northwest Arkansas added four more extra base hits after collecting a season-high eight extra base hits on Tuesday. Kort Peterson had an RBI triple in the fourth inning followed by an RBI double from Anderson Miller in the sixth for the Naturals.
Rick Fires can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @NWARick.
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