Triple-A Omaha split their series in Round Rock, winning tonight’s finale, 3-2. With the scored tied at 2-2 in the top of the eighth, the Storm Chasers took the lead on a wild pitch on a walk.
The Storm Chasers collected just five hits, including Cheslor Cuthbert‘s 6th inning home run. Whit Merrifield scored the game winning run and also stole his 10th base.
Miguel Almonte made his first start since being promoted to the big leagues. He allowed two hits and walked two over five scoreless innings. Almonte also picked off a base runner. After Clayton Mortensen allowed two runs in the sixth, Brian Duensing was credited with the win with two scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out four.
The Storm Chasers now head home for eight games in nine days.
Double-A NW Arkansas won their second straight over Tulsa, winning 10-5. Up 4-3, the Naturals scored six runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Every Naturals hitter, except Mauricio Ramos collected a hit. Ramos did reach base twice via being hit by a pitch. Raul Mondesi and Bubba Starling each went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, an RBI, and a stolen base.
The offensive outburst made a winner of Jake Junis, who allowed three runs on six hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out five and picked off a base runner. Junis allowed two home runs that accounted for all three runs. After Yender Caramo allowed a two-run homer in the eighth, lefty Estarlin Cordero rebounded from his struggles to start the season with a perfect ninth. He struck out two and threw just eight pitches (seven strikes).
High-A Wilmington lost again to Potomac at home, this time by a 5-2 score. The Blue Rocks lone runs came via a Ryan O’Hearn home run in the sixth.
Colin Rodgers took the loss, despite pitching into the seventh. He allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks over 6.1 innings. Derek Gordon allowed a run on two hits over 2.2 innings.
Low-A Lexington lost both games of their doubleheader to West Virginia. The Legends lost the first game, 5-1.
The Legends collected just four hits, including two by Cody Jones. Ben Johnson hit a solo homer in the seventh with two outs.
Julio Pinto took the loss, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks over three innings. Emilio Ogando allowed a run on a hit and three walks over the final four innings.
The Legends lost the second game by a 3-1 score. Their lone hit was a 3rd inning Marten Gasparini home run.
Scott Blewett took the loss, as he allowed three runs on six hits and five walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out three. Kyle Kubat stranded the bases loaded in the fifth, throwing 2.2 hitless innings of relief. He struck out two.
*Marten Gasparini error counter: He committed his tenth error in the first game.
**In roster news, outfielder Anderson Miller was placed on the DL, as he underwent surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his right wrist. Miller is expected to return in mid-June. Tanner Stanley replaced him on the roster.