Triple-A Omaha beat New Orleans for the second straight day, this time by a 6-1 score. Pitching and defense was once again the story.
Starter Brooks Pounders won his second game, as he allowed a run on six hits and a walk while striking out two over five innings. After lefty Brian Flynn threw a scoreless sixth, right-hander Mark Peterson made his Triple-A debut and picked up the save. He allowed a hit and walked two over the final three innings.
The Storm Chasers pitching staff induced two double plays, while the outfield picked up two outfield assists.
Every Storm Chaser collected a hit except for Whit Merrifield, though he drove in a run with a sac fly. Parker Morin went 2-for-4 with a run scored and Balbino Fuenmayor drove in two runs. Rehabber Jarrod Dyson went 1-for-4 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base (his third). He also threw out a base runner at third base from right field.
Double-A NW Arkansas was swept in Frisco (six straight losses to the RoughRiders), losing 5-1.
The long ball hurt Naturals starter Jake Junis. He allowed a solo home run in the second and then a grand slam in the fifth. He was also hurt by two hit by pitches in the 5th inning, as both scored on the homer. Overall, Junis allowed those five runs on five hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out three and induced seven ground outs.
Lefty Eric Stout was great in relief. He did not allow a hit over 2.1 scoreless innings. Stout walked one and struck out two. Fellow lefty Estarlin Cordero rebounded from two rough appearances, along with a rough start tonight. It started with a hit batter and a single. However, Cordero induced a double play and a fly out ended the eighth.
The Naturals collected six hits (the same amount as Frisco), but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and the hits came from the 6-7-8 hitters. Zane Evans went 2-for-4 with a run scored and was driven in by a Cam Gallagher single in the second. Mauricio Ramos went 3-for-4 with a stolen base.
High-A Wilmington lost in Potomac, 14-6. The Blue Rocks collected 13 hits, with catcher Luis Villegas being the lone hitter without a hit.
Humberto Arteaga, Ryan O’Hearn, and Brandon Downes each had two hits (including a double) in the loss. O’Hearn now has six multi-hit games this season (out of nine games). Austin Bailey, starting at third base in place of the injured Wander Franco, went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored. That raised Bailey’s average to .450.
However, Arteaga committed two errors at shortstop, costing the Blue Rocks three runs. Starter Ashton Goudeau allowed eight runs (five earned) on six hits and four walks over 3.2 innings. Goudeau allowed a two out, two-run home run in the fourth.
Then Ian Tompkins allowed three runs on two hits and three walks over 2.1 innings. He struck out three. The struggles continue for Mark McCoy (though he did not walk a batter). He allowed three runs on five hits over the final two innings.
Low-A Lexington lost their fourth straight and their third at West Virginia, losing 7-2.
Julio Pinto took the loss, as he allowed four runs on five hits and two walks over four innings. He struck out two. Torey Deshazier followed and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over three innings. Nik Stephenson allowed a run on three hits in his inning of work.
DJ Burt‘s on-base streak came to an end at 68 games, as he went 0-for-5. Samir Duenez and Cody Jones each had two hits in the loss. Xavier Fernandez hit his first home run, a solo shot in the seventh.
Error counter for Marten Gasparini: he committed his eighth (on a throw) in nine games.