Triple-A Omaha won their series opener in Reno, 12-3.
The Storm Chasers had a little different lineup tonight and it paid off. They scored three runs in the top of the first and never looked back. Two of those runs scored on the first of two Hunter Dozier home runs (three RBIs and three runs scored).
Jorge Bonifacio batted leadoff (he tripled and drove in a run with a sac fly), with Angel Franco batting second and playing shortstop (he doubled in a run). Balbino Fuenmayor hit his first home run of the season, a two-run shot in the 3rd inning (2-for-3). Brett Eibner and Travis Snider each had two hits. Eibner hit a solo homer in the sixth.
Scoring early and often took the pressure off starter Miguel Almonte, who settled in and allowed one run on three hits and three walks over six innings. He struck out three. Mark Peterson pitched the final three innings, allowing a two-run home run in the ninth. Peterson picked up his second save.
*In roster news, infielder Dusty Coleman was placed on the DL and Omaha received Carlos Diaz from extended spring training. Diaz made his season debut, starting at second base and batting ninth for the Storm Chasers (0-for-4 and the only one without a hit).
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series against Arkansas, losing Thursday night’s finale, 5-2. The Naturals now welcome Tulsa to town four games.
The Naturals took a 2-0 lead with two outs in the bottom of the second on Cam Gallagher‘s home run (he went 2-for-4). Ryan O’Hearn also went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.
Jake Junis took the loss, as he allowed all five runs (though only two were earned). The Travelers scored three runs in the fourth on two hits, a walk, a sac fly, and the second of two errors by left fielder Carlos Garcia. In the seventh, Junis left with runners at second and third base and one out in favor of Kevin McCarthy. KMac allowed both to score on a ground out and a double.
While I thought Terrance Gore may had gotten hurt or promoted because of being pulled from yesterday’s game, neither was true. Gore actually replaced Bubba Starling tonight in the fifth. Starling had struck out twice, but threw a runner out at second base in the 2nd inning on a fly out. Gore was then pinch-hit for by Orlando Calixte in the 8th inning. Calixte had not played in four games.
Mike Moustakas played in his second rehab game, starting at third base and batting third. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
*In roster news, right-hander Alec Mills returned from making his big league debut in Game 2 of the KC Royals doubleheader on Wednesday. The Naturals also received lefty reliever Tim Hill from Wilmington. Hill made his debut tonight in the ninth, allowing two hits.
High-A Wilmington lost their series to Frederick, losing Thursday night’s finale, 3-1. The Blue Rocks now welcome Carolina to town for four games.
The Keys scored three runs in the first on a home run. That made a loser of Blue Rocks starter Matt Tenuta, who allowed seven hits, walked two, and hit one over eight innings (a career-high). He struck out two and induced 11 ground outs.
The Blue Rocks offense collected just two hits and struck out 12 times. Those two hits came in the fourth, as Alfredo Escalera doubled to start the inning and scored on Humberto Arteaga‘s single. They had just one base runner after that, a walk to Brandon Downes in the seventh, but he was picked off.
Low-A Lexington won their series opener in Greenville, 6-0.
Nolan Watson won his first game of the season, allowing just three hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four. Jake Kalish followed, allowing just one hit over 2.2 innings while striking out five. The lone hit Kalish allowed came in the seventh and the base runner was thrown out trying to stretch the single into a double.
The Legends collected 11 hits, two by leadoff hitter Cody Jones, who doubled and stole his 11th base. Ben Johnson also had two hits and a stolen base. Samir Duenez went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Amalani Fukofuka extended his hitting streak to 11 games with a single in the 2nd inning.