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Naturals Outscore Springfield 6-4

The Northwest Arkansas Naturals hand Springfield its third straight loss.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo--The Springfield Cardinals continued their homestand with Northwest Arkansas Wednesday afternoon.

It's a battle between the Cardinals and Royals Double AA affiliates.

Northwest Arkansas looking to hand Springfield it's third straight loss.

Cy Young award winner Chris Carpenter in the house, now a roving minor league instructor for the Cardinals.

It was 1-nothing Springfield when the Naturals tie it up, Juan Graterol grounds to third, the throw home is wild, Mark Threlkeld scores it's 1-1.

Later in the second Ethan Chapman chops this to first, nice play by Curt Smith, but Angel Franco scores it's 2-one Northwest Arkansas.

Springfield ties it up in the bottom half, Travis Tartamella loops this over the third baseman, David Popkins scores it's 2-2.

But the Naturals move back in front, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert rips this deep to left, into the bullpen, a two run shot, it's 4-2.

One of his two homers on the afternoon.

James Ramsey answers in the sixth, he rips this shot to right, over the Empire Bank sign and gone, a two run bomb, 5-4.

But the Naturals would get insurance in the ninth on this Lane Adams r-b-i double, and Northwest Arkansas wins 6-4.

"I was having a lot of fun today," said Naturals third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert.  "I was really concentrating on working on my defense the last couple of days.  And I felt like I really did a good job today.  Yea, it was time that I had two home runs in a professional game.  I'm real happy about it."

"It's all about the little things," said Cards Outfieler James Ramsey. "That's what it comes down to in this game, the fundamentals.  And I think they made plays and we didn't so they came out on top.  Yea, it was a good swing.   I just want to try to continue to work on things.  Put good at bats together and try to win ballgames."  



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