Triple-A Omaha held on for the 11-8 victory, as New Orleans scored three runs in the ninth.
Jarrod Dyson began his rehab assignment, starting in right field while batting leadoff. He went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI, and a strikeout.
In his first start with the Storm Chasers, Cody Decker went a perfect 3-for-3. He doubled, hit two home runs, and walked. He scored three runs and drove in three. Dusty Coleman also made his first start, going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and a three-run home run in the 3rd inning.
Cheslor Cuthbert continues his hot start to the season (.636 in three games), going 4-for-5 with a double and three RBIs. Two of those RBIs came with two outs in the 2nd inning.
It was a bit of a rough go for Omaha starter Luke Farrell in his Triple-A debut. He allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and three walks over four innings. He struck out five, needing 90 pitches.
Brian Flynn earned the victory, as he allowed a run on two hits and two walks over three innings. Aroni Nina allowed the runs in the ninth (1.2IP, 3H, 3R, 3BB, 0K) in his Triple-A debut.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their third straight to start the season to Frisco, losing 9-1.
It was a rough start for Christian Binford, who allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. He struck out two. The two positives were that he only threw 75 pitches and was perfect in both the second and third innings.
Benino Pruneda followed (he stranded a runner) and allowed a run on two hits and two walks over 2.2 innings. He struck out five. Kevin McCarthy followed with 2.1 scoreless innings of relief (one hit and three strikeouts).
The Naturals committed three errors, one by Orlando Calixte in right field (though he did have his second outfield assist) and two by catcher Zane Evans, who also had a passed ball.
The Naturals collected just four hits, including Raul Mondesi‘s solo home run in the first. After three seasons in Wilmington, Jack Lopez made his first Double-A start, going 0-for-3 with a walk while starting at shortstop.
High-A Wilmington was rained/snowed out on Saturday. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader when Potomac comes back into town on Thursday, April 21st. The two teams finish the series on Sunday afternoon.
Low-A Lexington won their third straight to start the season over Lakewood, winning 11-3.
The Legends scored three runs in the bottom of the first, which started with back-to-back walks (they worked eight in the game). They scored their second run in the inning on a double steal, as Marten Gasparini stole home (and Samir Duenez, who went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored, stole second base).
Ben Johnson fell a home run shy of the cycle, as he walked once and drove in four. Leadoff hitter DJ Burt went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored. Chase Vallot also had two hits, scored three runs, and drove in one.
Corey Ray got the start and allowed two runs (one earned, though he committed an error) on five hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. He struck out four and induced seven ground outs. Yunior Marte earned the win in relief, as he allowed a run on three hits and a walk over the final 4.2 innings. He struck out seven.