Triple-A Omaha lost their first series of the season, losing today’s finale to Iowa, 10-3.
It was so bad that outfielder Travis Snider pitched the final two innings (H, 0R, 0BB, K).
Starter Jonathan Dziedzic allowed five runs before recording two outs in the game. He pitched a perfect second and induced a double play to face just three batters in the third. However, the Cubs got to Dziedzic in the fourth with another home run. They tacked on two more runs on two hits and a walk in the fifth, all after Dziedzic had recorded two outs with zero base runners.
After throwing five straight scoreless outings, lefty Scott Alexander allowed two runs on three hits in the sixth. Then Alexander pitched a perfect seventh.
The Storm Chasers collected nine hits and worked three walks, but went just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Whit Merrifield went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the sixth.
Double-A NW Arkansas won their fifth straight, beating Arkansas 6-5.
The Naturals led 3-0 after two innings, but had to fight back to win. The Travelers scored four runs on five hits and a walk in the fourth off Naturals starter Eric Skoglund (4.1IP, 9H, 5R, BB, 3K). Skoglund was pulled in the fifth with two on and one out in favor of Benino Pruneda, who walked the first batter he faced and then allowed a sac fly that tied the game.
Pruneda was credited with the victory, as the Naturals scored a run in the seventh on an Orlando Calixte single (Raul Mondesi had led off the inning with a ground rule double).
Andrew Edwards earned his second save with two scoreless innings of relief. He struck out four, with the final batter of the game being thrown out trying to steal second base by Cam Gallagher on a strikeout (Gallagher threw out two base stealers)..
Leadoff hitter Ramon Torres went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, but was replaced on defense in the bottom of the sixth. In the top of the inning, he had popped out for the second out. Mondesi went 3-for-4 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. Ryan O’Hearn went 3-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and three RBIs.
Low-A Lexington beat Greensboro for the second straight day, winning 8-5. Five of the Legends eight runs scored with two outs.
The Legends collected 11 hits, three by DJ Burt, who also drove in three runs. Ben Johnson and Mike Hill (6-7 hitters) each had two hits in the win. Johnson hit two doubles, while Hill hit one.
Scott Blewett earned his second victory, as he allowed two runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out four. Kyle Kubat earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.