Triple-A Omaha‘s comeback fell short, losing 11-9 to Colorado Springs. The Storm Chasers still won the four-game series.
The Storm Chasers were down 10-3 heading into the bottom of the seventh and scored five runs. Cheslor Cuthbert drove in three with a double (one of his two hits).
The top two hitters in the Omaha lineup, Brett Eibner and Jorge Bonifacio, each collected three hits. Bonifacio tripled and drove in three RBIs. Eibner threw a runner out at the plate. Jose Martinez and Dusty Coleman each had two hits in the loss. Martinez drove in two, while Coleman scored two runs.
Starter Brooks Pounders only lasted two innings (58 pitches) and allowed two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out two. After Scott Alexander pitched a scoreless third, things fell apart for the Omaha bullpen.
It started with losing pitcher Mark Peterson and ended with lefty David Huff, who entered with the bases loaded and allowed all three to score on a grand slam to the first batter he faced in the seventh. Peterson allowed five runs on six hits (a home run) and two walks over 2.1 innings. Huff allowed three runs on seven hits over 1.2 innings.
Malcom Culver followed and was hurt by three errors (though one was his own on a pickoff attempt), as he allowed a run over two innings of work.
Double-A NW Arkansas beat Springfield, 5-2. There was only two innings of scoring.
Down 2-0, the Naturals scored five runs in the top of the seventh on six hits (they only collected seven). Mauricio Ramos drove in the first run with a single (he had doubled in the second). Frank Schwindel followed with a three-run home run. Ramon Torres drove in the final run with a two out single.
Christian Binford earned the victory, as he allowed two runs on two hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out seven, throwing 61 of his 89 pitches for strikes. Binford retired the final 18 batters he faced. Kevin McCarthy earned his third save with a perfect ten pitch 9th inning.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener in Carolina, losing 5-2 and dropping their sixth in a row.
The Blue Rocks scored in the first, on a Ryan O’Hearn RBI double. Their second run scored in the seventh on O’Hearn’s seventh home run of the season.
Matt Tenuta took the loss, as he allowed four runs on six hits (two homers) and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. Brennan Henry followed, walked three, and allowed a hit over 1.1 innings. The Mudcats stole four bases off him. Derek Gordon entered with two on in the 8th inning and allowed one to score. Alfredo Escalera threw a runner out at the plate to end the inning.
Low-A Lexington lost their series opener in Columbia, 13-2.
The Legends collected just six hits, two by Chase Vallot. Vallot homered with two outs in the fourth. They struck out 13 times.
Nolan Watson lost his second game, as he allowed nine runs (eight earned) on seven hits (three homers) and one walk over 3.1 innings. He struck out three. Watson’s ERA ballooned to 13.50.
Marten Gasparini error counter: three more at shortstop to give him 17 total.