Triple-A Omaha lost to OKC, 5-3 in 12 innings.
In his second inning of relief, Malcom Culver allowed a single, a balk, and a walk while getting a strikeout. In came fellow right-hander Mark Peterson, who immediately induced a ground out. However, Peterson hit the next batter to load the bases and then walked the next two hitters to give the Dodgers the lead.
In the bottom of the 12th, the Storm Chasers loaded the bases with one out for pinch-hitter Dusty Coleman, who grounded into a force out (with the out coming at home). Whit Merrifield, who had two hits and his 16th stolen base, made the final out.
The Storm Chasers scored their three runs via the long ball. Cheslor Cuthbert hit a solo home run to lead off the fourth (one of his three hits). In the 8th inning, Jose Martinez and Brett Eibner went back-to-back (both also had three hits, including a double).
Omaha starter John Lannan allowed two runs on eight hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out one. After Scott Alexander allowed a run in two innings of relief, Brian Duensing allowed one hit over two scoreless innings (five straight scoreless outings).
Double-A NW Arkansas had their series opener in Tulsa postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on June 7th when the Naturals go back to Oklahoma. The two teams will start the series Saturday night.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener in Potomac, 5-1. It is the Blue Rocks eighth loss in a row.
The Blue Rocks collected eight hits and four walks, but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and struck out 12 times. Leadoff hitter Corey Toups went 2-for-5 with two doubles. Nine-hole hitter Roman Collins went 2-for-3 with a two out RBI double in the sixth.
Colin Rodgers took the loss, as he allowed two runs on four hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out six. Derek Gordon followed and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in one inning of work. Evan Beal allowed a run on one hit over 1.2 innings.
Low-A Lexington lost their series opener in Hickory, 6-2. The Crawdads scored five runs in the bottom of the first.
That made a loser of starter Foster Griffin, who allowed the five runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. Six of the hits came in the first.
The Legends collected just four hits (all singles), two by catcher Xavier Fernandez. Outfielder Tanner Stanley made his first start since crashing into the outfield wall (and going to the hospital) back in Lexington on April 24th. He went 0-for-2 and threw a runner out at the plate to end the 2nd inning.