Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener to Memphis, 7-1.
Storm Chasers starter Brooks Pounders allowed a solo home run in the second and skated into and out of trouble, that is until the sixth. With the bases loaded and out out, Pounders was pulled in favor of Brian Duensing.
Duensing allowed all three runs to score, along with three of his own in the 6th inning. Duensing allowed three hits before recording an out. He then allowed two more hits before getting another strikeout to finally end the inning.
The Storm Chasers lone run came via Jorge Bonifacio‘s homer in the bottom of the sixth (2-for-3).
In his best outing since his promotion to Triple-A, reliever Mark Peterson threw three scoreless innings. He allowed three hits, while throwing 28 of his 40 pitches for strikes.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their finale in Arkansas, 5-4. The Naturals will enjoy Wednesday off before heading to Springfield for four games.
The Naturals led 4-0 after three innings. Ramon Torres led off the game with a single, was sacrificed to second base, and scored on a Ryan O’Hearn single. In the second, Torres singled in a run. In the 3rd inning, Cam Gallagher drove in two runs with a double.
Lefty Mike Minor not only began his rehab assignment, but also made his KC Royals debut. He threw just over 20 pitches in the first two innings (he was perfect with four strikeouts), but fell apart in the third. Minor walked the first three batters he faced in the 3rd inning before an RBI single and a sac fly. After a pop up on the infield scored a run (the ball dropped, the middle infielders got the out at second base, but the throw to first base to turn the double play was dropped).
After a stolen base and Minor’s fourth walk of the inning, he was pulled in favor of fellow lefty Eric Stout. Stout got out of the third and escaped a jam in the fourth. However, Stout could not escape the fifth or sixth (single runs in each) and took the loss.
Estarlin Cordero faced the minimum over two scoreless innings of relief. He did allow a single in the seventh, but picked off the base runner to end the inning. It was a nice rebound for the lefty (just 18 pitches thrown), who struggled over his last two outings (and had not pitched since May 4th).
The Naturals had their chances in the ninth, but pinch-runner Carlos Garcia was thrown out at the plate on a Zane Evans single.
*In roster news, Garcia was activated from the DL as lefty reliever Sam Selman was placed on it (he has not pitched since April 27th). Top prospect Raul Mondesi was suspended for 50 games for testing positive for a PED.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener in Frederick, 3-0. It could have been worse, but Brandon Downes threw a runner out at the plate from center and Chad Johnson threw out two base stealers.
Blue Rocks starter Josh Staumont was the hard luck loser, despite pitching seven innings (a career-high). He allowed three runs on five hits and three walks while striking out three.
Jake Newberry made his second relief appearance and once again threw a scoreless inning.
The Blue Rocks offense collected just four hits, but two were doubles. However, they hit into two double plays and struck out ten times.
Low-A Lexington split their series in Greensboro, losing the finale, 7-5. The Legends had the bases loaded with nobody out in the ninth, but a strikeout and a game ending double play followed.
The Legends led 4-0 heading into the fifth (two runs scored on a 2nd inning Xavier Fernandez home run), but starter Foster Griffin allowed seven runs in the fifth.
The Grasshoppers collected six hits off Griffin in the inning (he only allowed eight total), there was an error (shortstop Marten Gasparini committed two of them to give him 18), and a steal of home. Griffin left with two men on base and two outs in favor of Nik Stephenson, who allowed a two-run double.
In the loss, Cody Jones and Samir Duenez each had two hits.
The Legends will enjoy Wednesday off before beginning a seven-game homestand with Charleston.