Triple-A Omaha lost in Reno, 3-1. They avoided the shutout when Brett Eibner hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth. It was his third straight game with a homer (ten on the year).
Aces starter Archie Bradley at one point struck out five of six. Aces pitchers struck out 11, including Jorge Bonifacio four times.
The Storm Chasers were held to four hits, including two by Reymond Fuentes. Christian Colon played in his first game since being sent to the minors and went 0-for-4 while batting second and playing shortstop.
Jonathan Dziedzic took the loss, as he allowed all three runs on eight hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out seven. Brooks Pounders allowed two hits and walked two over three scoreless innings. He struck out three and escaped a bases loaded jam in the seventh.
Double-A NW Arkansas beat Tulsa for the second straight day, winning 4-0 on Saturday night.
The Naturals scored all four of their runs in the bottom of the fourth. Carlos Garcia had the big hit, a bases clearing triple six batters into the inning.
That was more than enough offense for starter Eric Skoglund, who allowed two hits over six scoreless innings. He struck out four. Skoglund allowed a double to lead off the second and then retired 12 in a row before allowing a single to start the sixth.
Ashton Goudeau made his Double-A debut with two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed a single in the seventh and a single in the eighth (which was erased on a double play). Goudeau threw just 18 pitches (14 for strikes). Eric Stout pitched the ninth, striking out two of the three batters he faced. Stout pitched for the third time this week (5IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K).
Terrance Gore went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases (five on the season and four in the last two days). Frank Schwindel went 3-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored. Bubba Starling did not play for the second straight day after being pulled in the 5th inning on Thursday.
Manager Vance Wilson was ejected in the fifth.
*Still no word on a roster move to bring their roster from 26 to 25.
High-A Wilmington was rained out on Saturday night against Carolina. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon. Derek Gordon and Foster Griffin are the scheduled starters for the Blue Rocks.
Low-A Lexington split their doubleheader in Greenville. The Legends won Game 1, 4-2.
With the score tied at 1-1, the Legends took the lead with three runs in the top of the fifth. With the bases loaded, Amalani Fukofuka drove in a run by grounding into a force out. Fukofuka then stole second base, before Ben Johnson drove in a run with a ground out. Xavier Fernandez followed with an RBI single.
Emilio Ogando earned the victory, as he allowed two runs on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. Ogando allowed two solo homers: one in the fourth and one in the sixth. Matt Ditman earned his first save by escaping a jam in the seventh (though he committed the error).
The Legends lost the second game, 7-0. They collected just four hits, all singles. They also committed three errors, including the 21st by shortstop Marten Gasparini and the seventh by second baseman DJ Burt.
Daniel Concepcion took the loss in his second start this week. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over three innings. Franco Terrero followed and allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over two innings. Both Concepcion and Terrero allowed two-run home runs to Drive right fielder Trent Kemp. Torey Deshazier pitched a scoreless sixth, though he allowed two hits and a walk.