Triple-A Omaha won their fourth straight, beating Colorado Springs, 9-4. Down 4-2, the Storm Chasers scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Tony Cruz hit the first of his two home runs in the sixth to give them the lead (he had five RBIs). Whit Merrifield, Cheslor Cuthbert, Travis Snider, and Clint Barmes also had two hits in the win. Cuthbert homered in the first, Barmes doubled twice, and Snider tripled.
Clayton Mortensen earned the win in relief of lefty Jonathan Dziedzic (5IP, 6H, 3R, 4BB, 5K, HR, and a pickoff). Mortensen allowed a solo homer in the top of the sixth. Brian Duensing threw two scoreless innings of relief with two strikeouts.
Reymond Fuentes was pinch-hit for in the fifth. He was 0-for-1 with a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener in Springfield, losing 4-3 in walk off fashion.
With two outs and runners at first and second base, Yender Caramo allowed a two-run double to set off the Cardinals’ celebration.
Naturals starter Matt Strahm allowed two solo home runs in the first two innings. Overall, he allowed five hits and walked one over seven innings. Strahm struck out five and picked off a base runner.
The Naturals scored a run in the fourth on a double play and two in the fifth on Raul Mondesi‘s home run. Leadoff hitter Ramon Torres and Zane Evans each had two hits in the loss.
Wilmington and Lexington both enjoyed days off and begin road series on Tuesday.