Triple-A Omaha lost to host Round Rock, 5-1.
After the Storm Chasers tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the seventh on a Jorge Bonifacio RBI single, the Express scored four runs in the bottom of the inning on a Patrick Kivlehan two out grand slam off lefty reliever Brian Flynn (2IP, 3H, 4R, 3BB, 2K).
The Storm Chasers collected just four hits, all singles. Whit Merrifield stole three more bases to give him nine on the season. Bonifacio threw a runner out at the plate in the fifth.
Omaha starter Jonathan Dziedzic (and reigning Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Week) allowed a run on six hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out five.
High-A Wilmington won their series in Frederick, clobbering the Keys 13-4 in this afternoon’s finale. For the second straight day, the Blue Rocks had a five run inning.
The Blue Rocks batted around in their five-run 2nd inning. They collected five hits and worked two walks.
Every starter had at least one hit and only two (Humberto Arteaga and Brandon Downes) had only one hit. Arteaga did steal two bases. After starting the game 0-for-4 with three strikeouts, Ryan O’Hearn singled and hit a three-run home run (his fourth) in the ninth.
In a rare start, catcher Luis Villegas went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBIs. Wander Franco hit two doubles and scored two runs. Robert Pehl also scored two runs, while going 2-for-4. Corey Toups, Elier Hernandez, and Alfredo Escalera also had two hits in the win. Hernandez and Escalera each drove in two runs.
The offensive explosion made a winner of Matt Tenuta, who allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out three in earning his second win of the season. Tenuta also picked off a base runner, giving the Blue Rocks pitching staff nine pickoffs so far. Ian Tompkins followed with 2.2 hitless innings (though he allowed an unearned run).
The Blue Rocks return home for a short homestand, playing five games in four days against Potomac. It is their third series against each other out of five.
Low-A Lexington lost their series finale in Asheville, 10-0. The Legends still won the series.
The Legends collected just four hits, two by Amalani Fukofuka. He also stole his fourth base.
Nolan Watson took the loss, as he allowed six runs (five earned) on six hits and two walks over 3.2 innings. Nik Stephenson followed and allowed one of Watson’s runs plus four of his own over two innings. Jake Newberry allowed two inherited runs to score in the sixth (2.1IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 4K).
The Legends return home for a four-game homestand against West Virginia, who they just lost four games to last weekend.