Triple-A Omaha beat Reno, 5-4. They out-hit the Aces, 15-10, but did not put runs on the board until the final two innings.
They loaded the bases in the ninth with no outs on three straight infield singles. Back-to-back run scoring singles followed and tied the game at 4-4. Travis Snider gave the Storm Chasers the lead with a sac fly.
The Storm Chasers got on the board in the eighth on Brett Eibner‘s two-run home run.
Malcom Culver earned the win in relief, though it got dicey in the ninth. He allowed back-to-back singles with one out, but struck out the final two batters to end the game (including power hitter Peter O’Brien to end the game).
Mike Minor made his first rehab start with Omaha and pitched well until giving up two runs in the fourth. All-in-all, Minor allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out five. John Lannan followed with two scoreless innings (two hits, a walk, and two strikeouts).
Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener against Tulsa, 2-0. The Naturals wore the “Thunder Chickens” jerseys tonight.
A Ramon Torres sac fly in the third put the Naturals up 1-0. They added another sac fly in the eighth (Zane Evans). NWA went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
The bullpen made it hold up.
Due to a late roster move that took scheduled starter Pedro Fernandez off the roster, the Naturals were forced into a bullpen game. Benino Pruneda made the start (his first ever) and allowed a hit and three walks over 3.2 scoreless innings. With two men on base in the fourth, Pruneda was pulled in favor of newly added Evan Beal, who escaped the jam. Beal threw three scoreless innings (three hits).
Lefty Kyle Bartsch returned to the Royals organization (he re-signed today after being released earlier in the week by San Diego) and made his NWA debut by getting the final out in the seventh. Bartsch went back out for the eighth and allowed two hits and a walk after getting the first two outs. In came Kevin McCarthy, who got a fly out to end the eighth and pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save.
High-A Wilmington won their series opener over Carolina, 8-2.
The Blue Rocks scored their runs across the third, fourth, and fifth innings. They put up a four-spot in the 3rd inning on a Brandon Downes grand slam. Downes went 4-for-5 with two runs scored.
Leadoff hitter Alfredo Escalera went 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored (.317 in May and .333 from the leadoff spot). Roman Collins had two hits in the win.
It was another wild start for Josh Staumont, but he at least gave the Blue Rocks four innings. Though he only allowed two hits and two runs and struck out five, he also walked six, throwing just 41 of his 88 pitches for strikes. Staumont walked four batters in his final inning and it could have been worse, but he got a strikeout on a full count pitch with the bases loaded to end his night.
Jake Newberry earned the win in relief, throwing three perfect innings with four strikeouts. Mark McCoy allowed two hits in two scoreless innings of relief.
Low-A Lexington was rained out in Greenville. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.
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