Omaha lost to Round Rock, 6-4 on kids day. The two teams continue the series on Wednesday night.
The Storm Chasers hit three solo home runs, from Jose Martinez, Jorge Bonifacio, and Clint Barmes. Barmes did not start, as he entered on defense at third base in the fifth when Cheslor Cuthbert took a ground ball off his head.
Omaha collected 12 hits, two each from Whit Merrifield, Balbino Fuenmayor, Bonifacio, and Parker Morin. Merrifield stole his third base, while Morin doubled. Rehabber Jarrod Dyson went 2-for-5 with a stolen base.
Storm Chasers starter Miguel Almonte could not overcome two errors in the fifth (one of which scored a run), as he walked three (one with the bases loaded) and allowed a sac fly. Overall, Almonte allowed three unearned runs on one hit and three walks over 4.2 innings. He struck out seven.
Brian Flynn followed and allowed two runs on five hits over three innings. Peter Moylan allowed an unearned run on four hits over the final 1.1 innings.
Double-A NW Arkansas beat Midland, 9-2 earning the sweep.
For his second straight start, Alec Mills was once again stingy. He allowed just two hits and walked one over six scoreless innings to earn the victory. Mills struck out nine to give him 16 over 11 innings so far this season.
The Naturals offense made the start a lot easier for Mills, as they scored four runs in the bottom of the first, two more in the second, and another in the third. With the bases loaded in the first, Zane Evans drove in two with a double. With two outs, Frank Schwindel singled in two more. Schwindel would homer in the third.
Ramon Torres and Carlos Garcia also collected two hits in the win. Garcia hit his first Double-A home run in the eighth. The Naturals stole five bases, two each by Raul Mondesi and Bubba Starling.
It was another rough outing for lefty Estarlin Cordero, who allowed two runs, walked three, and hit one in just 2/3 of an inning. Cordero has now walked six in just one inning of work. Kevin McCarthy entered in the seventh with the bases loaded and allowed one run to score. Over 1.1 innings, McCarthy allowed two hits and walked one. Eric Stout walked one and struck out two in the ninth.
High-A Wilmington lost to Carolina, 15-4. That came after the Blue Rocks led 3-0 after four innings. Things fell apart once the bullpen entered. It got so bad that left fielder Robert Pehl moved to the mound to record the 9th inning’s final out. Not exactly the game you want with a 10:35am start on Wednesday.
Colin Rodgers allowed one hit and walked three over four scoreless innings in the start. Matt Alvarez took the loss, as he allowed five runs on four walks and one hit while recording just two outs. Ian Tompkins entered with one on base in the fifth and the run scored. Over 1.1 innings, Tompkins allowed four runs on five hits and a walk.
Mark McCoy was next and he allowed five runs on six hits and two walks over 1.2 innings. Evan Beal was the final reliever and he allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings. The run scored with Pehl on the mound on an error.
The continued bullpen implosion ballooned the Blue Rocks team ERA to 6.80 (worst in the Carolina League).
Corey Toups hit two triples (and stole a base), while the Blue Rocks collected four extra base hits (of their seven).
Low-A Lexington played two against visiting Augusta, starting with last night’s suspended game. Down 7-0 when the game was suspended, the Legends came back to win 9-8.
The Legends scored five runs in the sixth, which started with a Brandon Dulin home run (2-for-5, two RBIs). They took the lead in the seventh on Samir Duenez‘ two out, two-run double (2-for-4, two runs scored, a walk, three RBIs, and two stolen bases).
Jeckson Flores went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored. Amalani Fukofuka had two hits, walked once, scored a run, drove in a run, and stole two bases in the win.
Emilio Ogando was the first Legends pitcher when the game resumed, allowing one run on four hits and a walk. He picked up the win, going five innings and striking out four. Jacob Bodner earned his second save with two scoreless innings. He struck out two and induced four ground outs.
The Legends won the second game by a 4-3 score. With two outs in the bottom of the fifth, Chase Vallot hit a solo home run to break the 3-3 tie.
Scott Blewett picked up the win, as he allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He allowed a two-run home run in the first. Nik Stephenson picked up the save, as he allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings. He struck out three.
In the win, Anderson Miller went 2-for-3 with a two out RBI.