SPRINGDALE, AR – Left-hander Drew Parrish delivered 7.0 scoreless innings for the second straight start, tying a career-high with nine strikeouts as the Northwest Arkansas Naturals shut out the Wichita Wind Surge, 7-0 Friday night at Arvest Ballpark.
The Texas League’s reigning Pitcher of the Week, Parrish allowed just three hits without walking a batter. Between the second and sixth innings, the southpaw retired 13 straight batters, retiring the side 1-2-3 in the first inning, as well as the third through sixth.
After allowing a leadoff single in the seventh, Parrish struck out the next three he faced, finishing the night at a season-high 91 pitches.
Parrish battled toe-to-toe with Wichita starter Simeon Woods Richardson, as the score was locked up at 0-0 through the middle of the fifth, at the halfway point. Woods Richardson had retired eight in a row headed to the bottom of the fifth, but the Naturals quickly loaded the bases, on singles from Nate Eaton and Gavin Stupienski, then a walk from Jake Means.
On the first pitch he saw with the bases loaded, Tucker Bradley blasted a grand slam to right field to break the tie and put the Naturals up 4-0, his third home run of 2022 and his second grand slam of the year, the team’s third.
The Naturals hitters gave Parrish three more runs of support in the seventh, on an RBI groundout from Maikel Garcia and a two-run home run to left field off the bat of Nick Loftin, his fourth of the season.
Yefri Del Rosario took over for Parrish on the mound, pitching a scoreless 1-2-3 eighth inning, then stranding the bases loaded in the ninth, with three strikeouts across two scoreless innings.
Northwest Arkansas and Wichita meet again Saturday at 6:05 p.m. CT at Arvest Ballpark.