Triple-A Omaha lost their series in Tacoma, losing today’s finale, 7-5. The Storm Chasers now head to Reno after enjoying Wednesday off.
The Storm Chasers took a 5-4 lead in the top of the eighth, as Hunter Dozier (who homered earlier) drove in two runs to tie the game with a double. Pinch-hitter Tony Cruz reached on an error that drove in the go ahead run.
That lead was short-lived, as the Rainiers came right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth. Reliever Clayton Mortensen was pulled with the bases loaded and one out in favor of Andrew Edwards. Edwards (who tends to allow inherited runs) allowed all three to score on back-to-back singles before he recorded an out.
*Rehabber Mike Minor will make his next start with the Storm Chasers, which could come Friday or Saturday in Reno.
Double-A NW Arkansas was no-hit by Arkansas’ Jordan Tipper, losing 6-0. Tipper retired the final 26 batters of the game, as Ramon Torres worked a walk to lead off the bottom of the first. Torres was erased on an inning ending double play.
Kyle Zimmer made his Naturals debut, but lasted just one inning, throwing 22 pitches (11 for strikes). He walked the first two batters he faced, struck out two, but allowed an RBI single. Via Paul Boyd after the game: manager Vance Wilson had no idea what was the matter with Zimmer. Got a sign from pitching coach Steve Luebber in the bottom of the first that Zimmer was done.
Instead of using a piggy-back combination (ie: using another starter), the Naturals chose to just go with the bullpen. Yender Caramo was first up and he allowed an unearned run in the second. However, Caramo allowed just that run on five hits and a walk over five innings. He also induced 12 ground outs.
Lefty Estarlin Cordero was next and he allowed three runs on four hits and a walk over two innings. He allowed a two out, solo home run in the seventh. Cordero has now allowed four homers this season, which equals his career total (three seasons). Benino Pruneda allowed a run in the ninth.
*With Zimmer starting tonight, fellow right-hander Alec Mills will be skipped in the rotation (no word why, but the Royals have been holding him back so far this season). No word on when Mills will fit back into the rotation, as they now have six starters. Lefty Matt Strahm will start Wednesday’s day game, followed by Jake Junis on Thursday and Pedro Fernandez on Friday.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener to Frederick, 3-1. The two teams traded single runs in the first.
The Blue Rocks had the bases loaded with nobody out in the bottom of the first, but only got a sac fly from Austin Bailey. Humberto Arteaga and Corey Toups (the 2-3 hitters) each went 2-for-4, but neither scored a run.
Starter Foster Griffin made his Blue Rocks debut and took the loss, as he allowed all three runs on eight hits and three walks over 6.1 innings. He struck out five and induced nine ground outs. Derek Gordon‘s lone blemish over 2.2 scoreless innings of relief was a hit batter in the seventh. Gordon struck out four.
Low-A Lexington lost to Hickory for the second straight day, losing 4-3.
With Griffin, who was supposed to start the game, promoted, the Legends were forced into a bullpen game. Daniel Concepcion allowed two hits over three scoreless innings while striking out three. Franco Terrero followed with two hitless innings.
Then the newbies gave up the runs. Right-handers Gabriel Cramer (added from extended spring training) allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over three innings. He struck out five. Fellow righty Matt Ditman (also added from extended spring training) took the blown save and the loss, as he allowed two runs on three hits in the top of the ninth.
The Legends collected just four hits (all singles), but worked eight walks. However, they struck out 11 times and hit into a double play, going just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.