Triple-A Omaha lost to Colorado Springs, 8-5 in walk off fashion.
With one on and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Kevin McCarthy was called on for the second consecutive day. He struck out the first batter he faced, but allowed a single and a stolen base, which forced Omaha to intentionally walk the next batter to load the bases. That brought up former big leaguer Will Middlebrooks, who sent the fans home happy with a walk off grand slam.
The Storm Chasers led 5-0 after five innings.
Omaha collected 12 hits, two each from five players. Leadoff hitter Irving Falu went 2-for-5. Ramon Torres and Jorge Bonifacio each doubled, with Bonifacio driving in three runs. Hunter Dozier scored two runs. Angel Franco went 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Outfielder Reymond Fuentes played in his first game since being optioned back to the minors. He went 1-for-5 with a run scored.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series against Springfield, losing the pitchers duel, 1-0.
Eric Skoglund was the hard luck loser, as he allowed the game’s lone run on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five. Evan Beal followed and walked one over two scoreless innings. Mark Peterson struck out two in a perfect ninth.
The Naturals collected two hits, doubles by Cam Gallagher and Ryan O’Hearn. Gallagher also walked twice and stole his second base.
*In roster news, reliever Aroni Nina was added to the roster from Omaha. Nina was on the DL with the Storm Chasers and has not pitched since April 14th.
High-A Wilmington split their doubleheader at Carolina. The Blue Rocks lost the first game, 9-2. That came after they scored two runs in the first.
Three of the Blue Rocks four hits came in the first. The only other base runners came on an error in the fourth and a walk in the seventh, which was erased on a game ending double play.
Josh Staumont took the loss, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits and three walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out three. Jacob Bodner followed and allowed an inherited run in the fifth and then four runs in the sixth.
The Blue Rocks won the second game, 3-2.
Both teams traded runs in the fifth before Brian Bien (2-for-3) came through with a two out RBI single in the sixth. The Blue Rocks tacked on a much needed insurance run in the seventh on an Humberto Arteaga (2-for-4, RBI) single and ensuing error.
Derek Gordon earned his first victory, though he allowed the tying run in the fifth and a sac fly in the seventh.
Kyle Kubat made his first professional start for the Blue Rocks a good one. He allowed just three hits over four scoreless innings. Kubat struck out one and induced seven ground outs.
Low-A Lexington came back to beat Augusta, 6-5. The Legends scored one in the eighth and three in the top of the ninth.
Four of the Legends nine hits came in the ninth, with Roman Collins driving in the final two runs with a single. DJ Burt and Mike Hill each had two hits in the win. Burt stole two bases to give him 17 on the season.
Mark McCoy earned his second win, with two scoreless innings of relief. McCoy was saved in the ninth when Collins threw a runner out at the plate.