|Updated: 4/30/2012 8:56 pm
||Published: 4/30/2012 8:53 pm
SPRINGDALE, AR - The Arkansas Travelers had trouble waking up on Monday morning and suffered a 12-2 loss at the hands of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at Arvest Ballpark. Carlo Testa (4) smacked two home runs, while Paulo Orlando led a 12-hit Naturals attack with three base hits as the Travs dropped 3-of-4 in Springdale. Kansas City Royals right hander Felipe Paulino (1-0) pitched 6.1 shutout innings to earn the win in his second rehab start. Ariel Pena (1-2) was the losing pitcher allowing five runs on eight hits in five innings.
The Travs finished their road trip 2-6 and fall eight games behind North Division leading Tulsa at 10-14. The Naturals won seven of eight on their home stand and remain six games out at 12-12.
Things didn't start well at all as two Travs outfielders failed to communicate a routine fly ball off Rey Navarro's bat allowing his single to drop between them in the first inning. Navarro then stole second base uncontested and pilfered third base as well with one out. Wil Myers brought in the run with a sacrifice giving the Naturals a 1-0 lead.
Testa whacked his first home run of the day with no one on base in the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead.
By that time Paulino had retired the first 12 Travs batters and was cruising into the fifth, where he allowed singles to Roberto Lopez and Adam Heether but stranded both.
In the bottom of the fifth with one out, Myers hit a grounder up the middle and shortstop Darwin Perez lunged out for the ball but threw wildly to first base giving Myers second on a single and an error. Johnny Whittleman got ahead of Pena 2-0 then yanked an RBI double to the right-field corner. Testa then deposited his second homer into the home bullpen in right field for a 5-0 lead.
Caleb Graham kept the Travs within five runs as the right hander fired two shutout relief innings. They got back into the game briefly in the eighth loading the bases on Patrick Keating. Alberto Rosario scored on a bases-loaded walk to Matt Long, then after the Naturals switched pitchers Lopez knocked in Renny Osuna with a sacrifice fly. With the tying run at the plate Kendal Volz got Casey Haerther to ground to shortstop to end the inning.
Haerther did extend his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the seventh inning.
Matt Oye relieved for the bottom of the eighth inning and misplayed two sacrifice bunts into a pair of errors. Those errors keyed a seven-run rally that included 12 batters and a three-run homer from Mario Lisson (2).