Triple-A Omaha beat Colorado Springs, 11-3.
Alec Mills made his first Triple-A start and picked up the win, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out four, but did allow two solo home runs. Tyler Olson made his Royals debut and threw two scoreless innings of relief. Brooks Pounders pitched the final two innings (2H, BB, 4K).
The Storm Chasers put up a six-spot in the top of the second inning. Balbino Fuenmayor tied the game at 1-1 with an RBI single. Two batters later, Orlando Calixte hit a grand slam (2-for-3, five RBIs).
Hunter Dozier went 4-for-6 with a double, two RBIs, and his first stolen base. Jorge Bonifacio went 3-for-6 with two runs scored. Travis Snider also had three hits in the win. Luis Villegas got a rare start, going 1-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.
*In roster news, reliever Clayton Mortensen was placed on the inactive list. Hopefully, everything is okay with his son Miles.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener to Arkansas, 8-4. The Naturals had scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth to cut the deficit to 5-4, but the Travelers scored three in the top of the ninth.
Lefty Kyle Bartsch entered in relief of Matt Alvarez (1.2IP, H, 3R, 2BB, 3K) with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth. Bartsch allowed a bases clearing triple.
That came after starter Ashton Goudeau allowed just two runs on five hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out five. Aroni Nina made his debut and allowed a run on two hits and two walks in one inning of work.
On offense, the Naturals collected 11 hits. Ryan O’Hearn went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. Jack Lopez had two hits and an RBI.
Alex Gordon made his first rehab start, going 1-for-3 with a double from the two-spot in the order (he started in left field).
*All-Star third baseman Mauricio Ramos has not played since Monday.
High-A Wilmington won their series in Carolina with a 4-3 comeback series finale victory. It was a great end to the first half for the Blue Rocks, who have ten wins in the month of June.
The Blue Rocks cut the deficit to 3-1 in the top of the third on Humberto Arteaga‘s second home run of the season. The Blue Rocks lone All-Star went 4-for-5 and was also in the middle of their three-run 5th inning.
Nine-hole hitter Brian Bien (2-for-4) led off the fifth with a single. He then stole second base and moved to third base on a wild pitch. Cody Jones followed with an RBI single and moved to third base on Arteaga’s single. After a fly out, Brandon Downes reached on an error, which scored the tying run. Arteaga scored the eventual winning run on an Elier Hernandez sac fly (after executing a double steal with Downes).
The Blue Rocks bullpen trio of Luis Rico, Jake Newberry, and Jake Kalish came through with 4.1 scoreless innings of relief. Rico earned his second win with two innings and Kalish picked up his first save with 1.1 perfect innings.
That came after starter Foster Griffin once again struggled with his command (four walks, a hit batter, and 51 of his 96 pitches for strikes over 4.2 innings).
*Arteaga now joins Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk as they head to California for Tuesday night’s All-Star Game. Arteaga is hot again (ten hits in his last 19 at-bats) and is hitting .281 with 13 stolen bases.
Low-A Lexington came back to win their final game of the first half, with a 2-1 victory at Augusta in ten innings.
With two on and one out, Anderson Miller (3-for-4) drove in the go ahead run with a single in the top of the tenth.
That made a winner of Gabe Cramer, who walked one over 2.1 scoreless innings. He struck out two and stranded two inherited runners in the seventh. Matt Ditman earned the save with a perfect bottom of the tenth.
Gerson Garabito got the final start of the first half and allowed a run on five hits over 6.2 innings. He struck out three, but was in line for the hard luck loss until the Legends came back in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 1-1 on a Marten Gasparini RBI double.
*Emilio Ogando will be the lone representative as the Legends host the South Atlantic League All-Star Game on Tuesday night. Catcher Chase Vallot was elected to start the ASG, but was placed on the DL a few days ago.
Missed this on Friday night, but Reid Redman began rehabbing from Tommy John surgery with two innings of relief for rookie level Idaho Falls (2IP, 2H, R, 0BB, 2K, 31 pitches, 22 for strikes).