The long ball helps Naturals win
Midland, TX – The Northwest Arkansas Naturals managed to beat the Midland RockHounds, Double-A affiliate of the Oakland A’s, Friday night during game 3 of the Texas League Championship series off the long ball heroics from Eric Hosmer. The Naturals now lead the 5-game series 2-1. The game started off as an old fashion pitchers duel between John Lamb and Ryan Edell until Midland struck first with a sixth inning home run from Grant Green off Lamb.
John Lamb faced a total of 23 batters in his 6.2 innings of work with a total of 86 pitches. Lamb only allowed 2 hits, 1 run (1 earned run), 1 walk and struck out 5 during his last start of the season. Henry Barrera was called on to get the last out of the seventh and all three outs in the eighth, also. Patrick Keating finished up the game despite digesting one of the worst ground-ball hops ever in the ninth to pick-up his 3rd save of the post-season.
For all those perceptive people who may have noticed the jersey without name, new shoes or different glove on John, I assure you there was good reason. The different number worn by Lamb was one of necessity due to the fact that all of his gear missed the bus and was accidentally left in Springdale, AR. John was sent ahead of the team by the club for the purpose of getting some extra rest for the game. Luckily, as we know there are plenty of left-handers on the Naturals roster to ease borrowing a glove to play.
The opportunity to see my son’s last game of the season in a Texas League Championship series could not have been better scripted. I will always have a roller coaster of emotions when I get to see John pitch in a professional baseball game. Last night was certainly true to form throughout the entire experience. I honestly was taken back from the kind round of applause from the Midland crowd as John walked off the mound in the seventh inning. This has been quite the year for John Lamb and Friday night was the perfect way to place an exclamation point at the end of his first full season schedule within the Royals farm system.
The Northwest Arkansas Naturals, Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, now have two chances for the last win to grab the Texas League crown. Tonight’s game at 7:00 CT will feature Will Smith for the Naturals and Matt Wright for the RockHounds. Game is at CitiBank Ballpark and can be heard live online at ESPN, 92.1 The Ticket.
Go grab a ring Naturals!