Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener to Albuquerque, 4-2 in 12 innings. Malcom Culver took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits and a walk in his only inning of work.
They had plenty of chances to win, like having the bases loaded and no outs in the 10th and a one out triple in the 11th. The Storm Chasers were down to zero bench players, as Carlos Diaz entered on defense in the 11th inning after left fielder Reymond Fuentes crashed into the wall in the tenth to make a catch (the second out). Tony Cruz also pinch-hit in the tenth with the bases loaded and struck out (the second of three that inning).
Starter Luke Farrell left the game in the 8th inning due to injury. He allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks over 7.2 innings. Farrell struck out four. Clayton Mortensen followed and threw 3.1 scoreless innings (one hit, one walk, and four strikeouts).
Hunter Dozier extended his hitting streak to 12 games, but struck out three times. Christian Colon went 3-for-6 with a double. Jorge Bonifacio, Balbino Fuenmayor, and Angel Franco each had two hits in the loss.
*With left fielder Alex Gordon being placed on the DL, third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert was recalled (he never made it back to Omaha). It was announced that shortstop Clint Barmes decided to opt-out early (he had a June 1st opt-out date), though he actually retired on Thursday, when he was taken out in the 7th inning for defense. Reliever Benino Pruneda, who was mysteriously taken off NW Arkansas’ roster over the weekend, was actually promoted to Omaha today.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series finale to Tulsa, 4-2.
Starter Matt Strahm lasted just four innings, battling command (81 pitches, 49 strikes). He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks. Fellow lefty Estarlin Cordero (who had not pitched since last Tuesday) allowed a solo home run over three innings of work. He struck out four and picked off a base runner. Cordero threw just 41 pitches (28 for strikes). Lefty Kyle Bartsch pitched two scoreless innings.
The Naturals scored a run in the second to tie the game at 1-1 on a double steal. Cam Gallagher (2-for-4) stole second base and with the throw going down to second, Orlando Calixte (2-for-4) safely stole home. Calixte drove in a run in the eighth. They had more chances, but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
*Outfielder Bubba Starling has not played since being pulled on Thursday. Apparently, he is dealing with a heel issue.
High-A Wilmington was postponed due to rain. Since Carolina does not return to Frawley Stadium in the first half, the game will be made up right before the first half ends at the home of the Mudcats.
*In roster news, outfielder Roman Collins was sent down to Lexington, while fellow outfielder Cody Jones joined the Blue Rocks from the Legends.
Low-A Lexington lost their series opener to Kannapolis, 7-2. The Intimidators scored four runs in the first and never looked back.
The Legends collected just four hits, though two were doubles. Ben Johnson doubled, but was thrown out trying to steal third base.
Gerson Garabito was added to the roster and made his season debut, taking the loss. He allowed five runs on seven hits over four innings. Garabito struck out two. Yunior Marte followed and allowed two runs on four hits over five innings. He struck out seven.
Shortstop Marten Gasparini committed his 23rd error, struck out twice, and saw his average drop to .161.