Northwest Arkansas Naturals dealt the Wichita Wind Surge their first shutout of the season, 7-0. The series is tied at two.
Drew Parrish earned the win pitching seven shutout innings for the Naturals. He retired 13 in a row before Edouard Julien broke his streak in the sixth. Parrish improved to 4-1 on the season.
Simeon Woods Richardson kept the Naturals off the board until the fifth inning. The Naturals loaded the bases with a pair of soft hits and a walk. Tucker Bradley hammered a grand-slam home run to plate four runs. Woods-Richardson took the loss for the Surge, pitched 5 and 2/3 innings allowed five hits and had 8 strikeouts.
The Naturals added three runs in the seventh with a two-run home run from Nick Loftin.
Wichita threatened in the ninth loading the bases by Yefri Del Rosario preserved the Naturals second shutout of the season. The Wind Surge (17-12) remain in a first place tie with Tulsa.
Notes: The Surge promoted pitcher Tyler Viza to Triple- A St Paul. Viza led the Texas League with five wins. Wichita was shutout for the first time this season, first since NW Arkansas shut them out last September 8, 2021, 1-0.
COMING UP: Wichita resumes play against the Naturals Saturday evening (5/12). First pitch is set for 6:05 pm. Chris Vallimont starts against Naturals pitcher Will Klein.