Triple-A Omaha had their series opener at Colorado Springs rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Wednesday.
Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener over San Antonio, 4-1. There were a few firsts in the game for the Naturals.
Corey Toups gave NWA the first inning lead with a solo home run, his first in Double-A. Cam Gallagher (2-for-3) hit an RBI triple in the third. It was Gallagher’s first career triple. Ryan O’Hearn (2-for-4 with a double) stole his first base of the year.
Bubba Starling returned to the lineup after missing ten games with a heel injury and broke out of an 0-for-18 slump with two hits (including a double). Terrance Gore had two hits and a walk and stole three bases.
Naturals starter Ashton Goudeau earned his first Double-A victory, allowing just an unearned run over six innings. Goudeau allowed seven hits and struck out four.
The bullpen trio of Evan Beal, Tim Hill, and Kevin McCarthy combined to throw three scoreless innings (just one hit), but only threw 37 pitches (24 for strikes). McCarthy earned his ninth save.
*In roster news, infielder Carlos Diaz joined the Naturals from Omaha. The Naturals roster now stands at 24.
High-A Wilmington enjoyed the day off and will start a three-game series at home against first place Lynchburg Wednesday night.
Low-A Lexington lost their second straight to Greensboro, losing 3-0.
Emilio Ogando was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over 6.1 innings. He left with a runner on base in favor of Matt Ditman, who allowed the inherited run to score (plus one of his own over 2.2 innings). Both pitchers allowed two out solo home runs.
The Legends collected seven hits, including two from Tanner Stanley. He committed his first error of the season (a fielding error in right field). They went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and struck out 14 times (Stanley was the only Legend to not strike out).
Speaking of errors, Marten Gasparini committed his 26th at shortstop.