Triple-A Omaha won their series opener in Nashville, 4-2. The Storm Chasers overcame four errors that cost them two runs.
Kevin McCarthy entered in the eighth with two on and two out and got a called third strike. In the ninth, the Sounds had two on and one out, and McCarthy came through with two big strikeouts to earn his second save. He struck out the rehabbing Josh Reddick to end the game.
Kris Medlen made the start and allowed an unearned run on two hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out five.
The Storm Chasers collected 13 hits, two each from Jorge Bonifacio, Hunter Dozier, Tony Cruz, and Irving Falu. Falu drove in three runs, all with two outs. Leadoff hitter Reymond Fuentes went 3-for-5 with his seventh stolen base.
Both managers were ejected: Omaha’s Brian Poldberg in the first and Nashville’s Steve Scarsone in the ninth.
*In roster news, outfielder Brett Eibner was optioned back to Omaha when Alex Gordon was activated from the DL. Reliever Matt Murray made just four appearances after returning from his drug suspension before being placed on the DL. He has now been released.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost to Tulsa, 2-0. The Naturals had two on and no outs in the ninth, but couldn’t score.
Ashton Goudeau took the loss, as he allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over six innings. Eric Stout followed with two hitless innings of relief.
The Naturals out-hit the Drillers, 8-5, but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Frank Schwindel had two hits in the loss.
High-A Wilmington lost to Winston-Salem, 4-1.
Hopefully the Blue Rocks haven’t lost starter Matt Tenuta for an extended period of time. He left in the 2nd inning with two on and two outs in the middle of an at-bat with discomfort in his shoulder.
In came lefty Colin Rodgers, who walked the batter Tenuta was in the middle of facing to load the bases and then allowed a bases clearing double. That was the only hit Rodgers allowed over 5.1 innings (BB, 4K).
Meanwhile, the Blue Rocks out-hit the Dash 6-5, but were thrown out twice on the basepaths. Leadoff hitter Humberto Arteaga went 2-for-3 with a walk and his 14th stolen base. Elier Hernandez went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Raul Mondesi began his rehab assignment from his drug suspension and went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a pop up on the infield.
Their best chance to score came in the eighth when Cody Jones walked and moved to third base on back-to-back wild pitches. Arteaga then walked and stole second base. However, Mondesi struck out, followed by back-to-back infield pop ups.
Low-A Lexington lost their third straight to open the second half against Hagerstown, losing 7-2.
The Legends collected just five hits, including solo home runs from DJ Burt and Jeckson Flores. Anderson Miller went 2-for-4 with a double.
Nolan Watson dropped to 2-7, as he allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over 3.2 innings. Torey Deshazier then allowed three runs on four hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. Gabe Cramer threw two hitless innings of relief, though he needed 38 pitches to get through those innings.
Catcher Zane Evans made his third straight rehab appearance with rookie level Burlington, going 1-for-3 with an RBI. He caught seven innings, as the Royals won 5-0 behind the start from Garrett Davila (5.2IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 5K).