Triple-A Omaha lost their third straight to New Orleans (and fourth overall), losing 9-3.
Alex Gordon continued his rehab assignment, moving from Double-A to the Storm Chasers. He went 2-for-5, driving in Ramon Torres (who tripled) with a ground out in the first and Torres again in the eighth (he doubled) with a single.
Miguel Almonte got the loss, as he allowed three runs on four hits and four walks over four innings. He struck out three, but threw just 43 of his 76 pitches for strikes. Brooks Pounders followed and allowed a run on two hits while striking out seven over three innings (46 pitches, 35 strikes).
Two of the newest Storm Chasers struggled out of the bullpen. Veteran Joe Beimel allowed two runs on three hits and a walk in the eighth. Tyler Olson allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits in the ninth.
*I am guessing the Royals changed their mind about sending catcher Luis Villegas back to Wilmington, as he started behind the plate tonight. He went 0-for-4 and had his first passed ball.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener at Tulsa, 4-3 in walk off fashion. It was the Naturals first loss of the second half.
Lefty Kyle Bartsch had retired five straight since entering in relief in the seventh (with three strikeouts). However that sixth batter hit a walk off home run with one out in the ninth.
Matt Strahm got the start and allowed three runs on seven hits over 6.2 innings. He was pulled after allowing a game-tying two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh.
The Naturals scored three runs in the top of the fourth. Bubba Starling got the scoring started with a solo home run. Cam Gallagher (2-for-4) followed with a single. After a pitching change, Logan Moon doubled and two batters later, Corey Toups (2-for-5) tied the game with a two-run single.
Ryan O’Hearn‘s hitting streak came to an end at 14 games. He is hitting .296 with NWA.
High-A Wilmington lost their second half opener at Winston-Salem, 9-2. Dash starter Jordan Stephens improved to 3-0 against the Blue Rocks (3-7 overall). He threw 6.2 scoreless innings.
The Blue Rocks scored two runs in the top of the eighth on a Samir Duenez two out, two-run double. He collected two hits in his High-A debut. Wander Franco and Brian Bien also had two hits in the loss. Bien now has three straight multi-hit games to raise his average to .333.
Zach Lovvorn dropped to 0-8, as he allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over 4.1 innings. He struck out three. Lovvorn left with two men on base in the 5th inning and lefty Luis Rico allowed an RBI single followed by a two-run homer. It could have been worse, but Rico picked off a base runner (1.2IP, 5H, 3R, 0BB, 2K).
It wasn’t any better for fellow lefty Brennan Henry: 2IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 3K.
Low-A Lexington had their second half opener against Hagerstown postponed. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Friday.
In roster news, first baseman Brandon Dulin was added.
Catcher Zane Evans began a rehab assignment with rookie level Burlington. He went 1-for-2 over five innings.
Pitcher Luke Farrell began a rehab assignment with the AZL Royals. He entered in the 2nd inning after 2015 first round pick Ashe Russell pitched the first (1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K). As I head to bed, Farrell was through three scoreless innings with six strikeouts.