Triple-A Omaha lost their seventh straight, losing the series opener in OKC, 9-3.
Miguel Almonte got the start, but recorded just one out (38 pitches, 20 strikes), as he allowed four runs on four hits and two walks. He struck out one and left with two runners on base. In came Clayton Mortensen, who stranded both runners and his only blemish was a two out solo home run in the third (4.1IP, H, R, BB, 4K).
Lefty Joe Beimel entered in the fifth with no one on base and allowed a single, but picked the base runner off to end the inning. Beimel started the sixth and recorded an out, but left after a walk. In came Brooks Pounders, who struggled with his command (38 pitches, 19 strikes). A passed ball moved the base runners to second and a wild pitch moved him to third base. Three straight walks followed around a steal of home before Pounders went on to retire the next five batters.
Next up was lefty Scott Alexander, who made his first appearance since being optioned back from the big leagues. The 8th inning was ugly, with two errors, two walks, and four hits allowing three more runs to score for OKC.
The Storm Chasers scored all their runs via the long ball: a two-run shot from Irving Falu in the third and a solo homer from rehabber Brett Eibner (2-for-4 with a double) in the sixth.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their fourth straight, losing at Arkansas in walk off fashion, 3-2.
In his second inning of work, Naturals closer Kevin McCarthy allowed back-to-back doubles to tie the game to start the ninth. After a single put runners on the corners, McCarthy got a strikeout before a fielder’s choice drove in the winning run.
That wasted the dominant start from Alec Mills, who allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out 11. Mills did not allow his first base runner until Jose Briceno singled with two outs in the fifth. He then allowed a two out double in the sixth.
Ryan O’Hearn (2-for-4) broke the scoreless tie in the fourth with a solo home run. Mauricio Ramos (2-for-4) drove in the second run with a single in the fifth. Carlos Diaz also had two hits in the loss.
NWA collected 12 hits (ten were singles), but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Base runners were also thrown out three times trying to steal second base.
High-A Wilmington won their series opener over visiting Winston-Salem, 3-1.
It was a pitchers duel and the Blue Rocks came out on top behind the start from Josh Staumont and the relief of Jake Newberry. Staumont earned his second victory with a career-high 12 strikeouts. He allowed one run on three hits, walked three, and hit two over five innings.
Staumont struck out the side in the first, second, and fifth. The 5th inning was his toughest, as he walked in a run and left the bases loaded.
Newberry followed and allowed a hit over four innings. He struck out four to earn his first save.
The Blue Rocks got on the board in the bottom of the first as leadoff hitter Cody Jones walked, went to second on a sacrifice bunt, and scored on an Elier Hernandez two out RBI single. In the third, Humberto Arteaga led off with a single and scored on Alfredo Escalera‘s first home run of the season.
The Blue Rocks had just two base runners after the 3rd inning.
Low-A Lexington lost the series opener to West Virginia, 5-3. The Legends tied the game in the bottom of the eighth, only to see the Power score two runs in the top of the ninth.
A sac fly and a two out solo homer from Marten Gasparini (3-for-4) tied the game in the 8th inning for the Legends. The top of the ninth against losing pitcher Nik Stephenson started with two outs and nobody on base (2IP, 2H, 2R, ER, BB, 3K).
Scott Blewett got the start and allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings. Gabe Cramer followed with two scoreless innings (H, BB, 2K).
Samir Duenez went 2-for-3 with a walk in the loss.