Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener to Iowa, 13-7. The two teams combined for 36 hits.
The first two times the Storm Chasers scored (three runs in the first and two runs in the third), the Cubs came right back in the top of the next inning. Starter John Lannan just could not hold a lead. He allowed eight runs on ten hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. Lannan allowed two home runs and left with two men on base.
Mark Peterson followed and allowed both inherited runners to score in the sixth (that was the Cubs’ seven-run inning). Peterson allowed four runs on eight hits over 2.1 innings. He allowed a homer in the sixth.
On offense for the Storm Chasers, leadoff hitter Reymond Fuentes was activated from the DL and went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a stolen base. Jorge Bonifacio also had three hits in the loss (a home run, two runs scored, and four RBIs). Angel Franco went 3-for-4 with two triples.
Whit Merrifield and Brett Eibner each had two hits, including a double.
*In roster news, lefty Brian Flynn was promoted to the big leagues to take the open roster spot. He made his debut tonight, throwing four innings of relief in the KC Royals loss in Cleveland (7-1). Flynn allowed two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two. Rumor has it that third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert, who was not in the Omaha lineup tonight, is en route to join the Royals in Cleveland.
Double-A NW Arkansas split their series with Springfield, winning tonight’s finale, 8-3. The Naturals now head out on the road for eight games over nine days, starting against Arkansas Saturday.
The Naturals scored six runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning and never looked back. They batted around, with DH Hunter Dozier making both the first and last outs.
With one out, Orlando Calixte (3-for-4 with three runs scored and his tenth stolen base) hit the first of his two doubles. Mauricio Ramos (2-for-4) followed with a single and Cam Gallagher walked to load the bases. Logan Moon (2-for-4) followed with an RBI single. Terrence Gore, making his first start, hit into a force, with an error on the play allowing another run to score.
A passed ball and another error allowed two more runs to score before a pitching change and a Ryan O’Hearn two-run double capped the inning.
That was more than enough for lefty starter Matt Strahm, who allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out seven. Strahm allowed a solo home run in the top of the fourth.
Raul Mondesi returned to the lineup after missing three games with a muscle issue. He went 1-for-5 with a run scored and committed his fifth error, which cost Strahm a run.
*Frank Schwindel, who was a late scratch from the starting lineup, pinch-hit for Dozier in the 8th inning (fly out). Maybe a promotion is coming?
High-A Wilmington was rained out against Myrtle Beach. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday, with right-hander Kyle Zimmer making his season debut in Game 1.
Low-A Lexington lost their series to Delmarva, losing tonight’s finale, 5-4. The Legends will now head to Greensboro for four games.
Three errors haunted the Legends, as it cost them two runs. Yunior Marte took the loss in relief, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and three walks over three innings.
Starter Corey Ray allowed three runs (two earned) on just two hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. All three runs against Ray scored in the top of the sixth, which started with a fielding error by Travis Maezes at second base. The only base runners against Ray prior to the second batter in the sixth reached via errors.
The Shorebirds collected their first hit, a double, which scored the first run in the sixth. Then Ray walked his first batter, and with two outs, a two-run double finished the scoring.
On offense for the Legends, Samir Duenez went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and an RBI. He also stole his tenth base.