Triple-A Omaha won their third straight in New Orleans, holding on for the 3-2 victory on Sunday. The two teams finish up their series on Monday afternoon.
Both teams scored single runs in the first, with Omaha scoring on a Jose Martinez sac fly. That came courtesy of a Jarrod Dyson lead off single, followed by a Brett Eibner single, and a double steal (Dyson’s fourth on his rehab assignment). Cheslor Cuthbert would break the tie in the sixth with a solo home run.
Clayton Mortensen made the start in place of Miguel Almonte (no reason why) and allowed a run on three hits and a walk over four innings. Lefty David Huff earned the win in relief, as he allowed just one hit over the next four innings. He struck out three and induced five ground outs. Huff retired the final 11 he faced. Fellow lefty Scott Alexander allowed a run in the ninth, but earned the save.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener in Midland, 9-8 in walk off fashion. The Naturals have now lost four in a row.
The Naturals blew a 7-2 lead, but still tied the game in the top of the ninth on a Hunter Dozier solo home run (his third of the season). However, Benino Pruneda allowed a single and an RBI double in the bottom of the ninth to set off the RockHounds celebration.
The ball was flying out of the ballpark in Midland as Bubba Starling hit a two-run homer in the third (his third of the season, but he is only hitting .172). The RockHounds hit four home runs, three off Naturals starter Eric Skoglund (5.2IP, 8H, 4R, BB, 5K). Kevin McCarthy followed, allowing four runs on five hits and a walk over 2.1 innings. He also allowed a homer, a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth that gave Midland the lead.
Catcher Allan de San Miguel made his KC Royals debut as a pinch-hitter in the seventh (he grounded out). He also had a passed ball. Logan Moon had two hits in the loss, while also scoring a run and driving in a run. Jack Lopez collected his first Double-A hit, a two out, two-run double in the fifth. He also stole his first base.
High-A Wilmington won their series in Potomac, winning Sunday’s finale, 8-3. With the score tied at 2-2, the Blue Rocks erupted for six runs in the top of the sixth.
The 6th inning rally started with two outs and a runner on first. Robert Pehl was hit by a pitch and an Austin Bailey double (his third of the season) chased the P-Nats starter. After a walk to load the bases, Humberto Arteaga broke the tie with a single. Ryan O’Hearn followed with a two-run single (he homered in the fourth). A fielding error plated another run before Brandon Downes drove in the final run with a single.
That made a winner of Colin Rodgers who pitched to two batters in the sixth. He allowed two runs on five hits and four walks while striking out two. Tim Hill escaped the 6th inning jam and allowed a run on two hits and two walks over 2.2 innings of relief. Brennan Henry picked up the save, as he entered with the bases loaded in the eighth (1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K).
The Blue Rocks continue their road trip with three games in Frederick beginning Monday night.
Low-A Lexington was swept in West Virginia, losing today’s finale 5-4. The Legends have now lost five in a row. Committing five errors did not help (including three by shortstop Jeckson Flores).
The Legends out-hit the Power, 10-8, but seven of those hits came from two players. Leadoff hitter Cody Jones went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two runs scored. Three-hole hitter Samir Duenez went 4-for-4 and fell a triple short of the cycle. He hit a two-run home run in the fifth (his first) and stole a base (his fifth).
Scott Blewett took the loss, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks over four innings. Emilio Ogando pitched well in relief, allowing just one run on three hits over the final four innings. He struck out four and induced five ground outs. He also only threw 48 pitches, 38 for strikes.
The Legends continue their road trip with three games in Asheville beginning Monday night.