The Northwest Arkansas Naturals will begin a stretch of eight consecutive home games tonight at Arvest Ballpark against the Tulsa Drillers. The Drillers (40-28) are tied for first place in the Texas League with the Frisco Roughriders. The Naturals (35-33) are in second place behind the Drillers in the Texas League North division.
NWA split a series this past weekend with the Springfield Cardinals, with a close 4-3 win on Sunday. The Naturals hit a rough stretch in their last bout with the Drillers, dropping all four games in Tulsa early last week.
In other news, the Naturals organization released an announcement on twitter today concerning the lineup for this evening’s game: “@NW_Ark_Naturals: @royals OF Lorenzo Cain will begin a rehab assignment with the Naturals today. Scheduled to be in the lineup tonight.” Cain has not played in any game action since April 10th when he strained a groin muscle and followed that by a hip injury. Cain was slated to be a starter for the Kansas City Royals until the injury bug bit him.
Ethan Hollingsworth (0-2) will assume starting pitching duties tonight for the Naturals.