CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (MILB.com) - Trailing by a single run headed to the top of the eighth, the Northwest Arkansas Naturals (19-36) needed a jolt and Mark Threlkeld delivered with his sixth home run of the season to tie the game at one piece. An inning later, Cheslor Cuthbert doubled to left centerfield plating Jorge Bonifacio from first base to give the Naturals a 2-1 win over the Corpus Christi Hooks (29-27) on Sunday night at Whataburger Field.
The Naturals' starter RHP Andy Ferguson dominated both halves of the plate on Sunday evening and improve his overall record to 3-5 on the season while lowering his earned run average to 4.44. It is the first win for Ferguson since May 15 as he tossed seven strong frames, scattered three hits, allowed one run and struck out eight in the victory.
Ferguson retired the side in order twice in Sunday night's game coming in the fourth while retiring the final six batters he faced. The right-hander threw six pitches in the seventh innings to polish off his stellar performance.
Threlkeld finished the night with the home run while Cuthbert added single in the sixth inning for a two-hit performance. Justin Trapp hit as the designated hitter for the first time this season and came up with three infield singles including a bunt single up the first base line in the ninth.
The Naturals will enjoy a league-wide day-off on Monday, June 2 and recommence North Division play on Tuesday, June 2nd against the division leading Tulsa Drillers (30-25). Northwest Arkansas will send RHP Jason Adam (0-5, 5.75) to the mound against a to be determined starter for the Drillers.