Triple-A Omaha beat up on Memphis, 15-5. They scored ten runs in the fifth on eight hits, two walks, and a hit batter.
Brett Eibner hit the first of his three home runs in the 3rd inning (a two-run shot) to give the Storm Chasers the 3-1 lead. In the 5th inning, Eibner hit two homers. Whit Merrifield doubled to start the fifth and singled in a run later in the inning. Jorge Bonifacio singled in a run in the fifth and later in the inning, doubled in two runs.
The Storm Chasers pounded out 17 hits, nine for extra bases. Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with two doubles. Hunter Dozier and Tony Cruz also had two hits. Cruz homered in the 2nd inning and scored three runs. Travis Snider went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
The only hitters without at least two hits were Angel Franco (0-for-5) and Clint Barmes (1-for-4, RBI, RS).
The offensive outburst made a winner of Luke Farrell, who allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk over 5.1 innings. He struck out four. Farrell was pulled after recording an out in the sixth after he allowed a two-run home run.
Evan Beal struggled in his second appearance in Triple-A. He allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over 1.2 innings.
*In roster news, right-hander Andrew Edwards was promoted from NWA. He made his debut tonight a dominant one, striking out the final five batters of the game in his two perfect innings of relief.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener in Springfield, 6-5 in ten innings.
The Naturals blew a 3-0 lead after six innings and blew a 5-4 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth.
In the bottom of the seventh, Yender Caramo began his first inning of relief and allowed a solo home run. Caramo then allowed three runs in the bottom of the eighth on three hits and three walks (two were intentional) to give the Cardinals the lead.
In the top of the ninth, Frank Schwindel and Carlos Garcia hit back-to-back homers to start the inning and give the Naturals back the lead. It was Garcia’s first start since coming off the DL on Tuesday.
However, the lead did not stick. Kevin McCarthy allowed a one out RBI double to tie the game in the bottom of the ninth. KMac went back out for the tenth and struck out the first two batters he faced. Then he allowed a walk off solo homer to Paul DeJong, who has hit five of his six home runs against NWA.
The Naturals wasted another solid start from Alec Mills, who allowed just three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out eight and only threw 86 pitches (53 for strikes).
High-A Wilmington was swept in Frederick, losing Thursday’s finale, 4-0. The Blue Rocks now head to Salem for four games.
The Blue Rocks were down 1-0 after one inning as Kyle Zimmer was wild in his first inning of work. Zimmer walked the first batter he faced and that batter immediately stole second base. After a strikeout, he walked the next batter. The Keys then executed a double steal. After a foul pop up, Zimmer uncorked a wild pitch to allow the first run to score.
Zimmer settled down from there, retiring the next six in a row before allowing a two out single in the third. After an errant pickoff throw, Zimmer’s day ended with a strikeout.
In came Zach Lovvorn to start the 4th inning and he was perfect until he allowed a one out solo home run in the seventh (ten in a row retired). Things fell apart for Lovvorn in the eighth, as the Keys loaded the bases with nobody out. After a strikeout, Lovvorn allowed a two-run single (though there was a fielding error in center by Elier Hernandez).
In came lefty Tim Hill, who allowed an infield single, before inducing an inning ending double play.
The Blue Rocks offense was once again held in check. They collected just three hits. The first was a Robert Pehl two out single in the third. Corey Toups accounted for the other two hits: a single to lead off the fourth (he was thrown out trying to steal second base) and a double to lead off the seventh. Their only other base runner was a two out walk to Chad Johnson in the second.
Manager Jamie Quirk didn’t seem pleased with his team’s offense after the loss.
Low-A Lexington had their series opener against Charleston rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday night.