Triple-A Omaha broke their four-game losing streak with a 6-1 victory in the series finale against New Orleans. It also came on Super Hero Night, with the players wearing “Super Miles” jerseys to support reliever Clayton Mortensen’s son.
The Storm Chasers put two on the board in the 2nd inning on a Ramon Torres (2-for-5) two-run single. They added two more in the third on a Tony Cruz (2-for-4) double and a wild pitch.
That was enough for Omaha starter Alec Mills to pick up his second Triple-A victory. He allowed a run on five hits and three walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out three. Andrew Edwards stranded a runner in the seventh (1.1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K).
Alex Gordon continued (and probably finished) his rehab assignment, going 1-for-2 with an RBI and three walks as the DH.
Double-A NW Arkansas beat Tulsa, 7-1. The Naturals put up a four-spot in the top of the second, capped by a Jack Lopez three-run home run. He now has the same amount of homers as Bubba Starling (five).
Frank Schwindel hit two solo homers: one in the fifth and one in the eighth. The All-Star now has 11 on the season. The Naturals collected 14 hits, but hit into three double plays. Cam Gallagher, Carlos Garcia, and Logan Moon (the 6-7-8 hitters) each had two hits.
Eric Skoglund allowed an unearned run (Lopez committed two errors at shortstop) on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five, throwing 63 of his 87 pitches for strikes. Aroni Nina followed with two scoreless innings (a hit and three strikeouts).
High-A Wilmington beat Winston-Salem, 3-1. It was their first win of the second half.
Down 1-0 heading into the fifth, the Blue Rocks tied the game on a Cody Jones (2-for-4) two out RBI double. Jones was then thrown out at the plate to end the inning on Humberto Arteaga‘s single. The Blue Rocks took the lead in the seventh on a Chad Johnson sac fly (Austin Bailey led off the inning with a triple).
They added an insurance run in the eighth on a Brandon Downes two out RBI double (Downes was thrown out at the plate to end the inning on a Bailey single). That hit came against Chicago White Sox 2016 first round pick Zack Burdi.
Corey Ray earned the win, allowing just one run on two hits and three walks over six innings. Ray allowed a two out double in the second and a two out single in the sixth. Jake Newberry followed with two scoreless innings, before Derek Gordon earned his fourth save (two strikeouts).
*The Blue Rocks will gain shortstop Raul Mondesi on Saturday, as he begins his rehab assignment from his drug suspension (don’t get me started).
Low-A Lexington lost both games of their doubleheader to Hagerstown. The Legends lost the first game, 3-1.
Scott Blewett took the complete game loss, as he allowed all three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks while striking out three. The Legends committed two errors behind him (second baseman DJ Burt committed his 16th and third baseman Jeckson Flores committed his tenth).
The Legends collected five hits, including doubles by Mike Hill and Travis Maezes. Right fielder Anderson Miller went 1-for-2 with a run scored and threw a runner out at the plate. First baseman Brandon Dulin made his return and went 0-for-1 with two walks and a strikeout.
The Legends lost the second game, 5-1.
They collected five hits once again, with Burt having two of them. He doubled and scored the lone run on a two out RBI single from Xavier Fernandez in the sixth.
Daniel Concepcion took the loss, as he allowed all five runs on four hits and a walk over four innings. Franco Terrero allowed a hit over two scoreless innings of relief (he threw just 18 pitches).
In his second rehab game with Burlington, catcher Zane Evans (he was the DH) went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run. The Royals lost 16-2 and had just four hits (two solo homers).
Glenn Sparkman made his second start for the AZL Royals and allowed a run on two hits in one inning. He did strike out the side.