Triple-A Omaha lost in Nashville, 9-4. The Sounds hit three home runs.
Two of those homers came against starter Christian Binford, who allowed five runs on seven hits over five-plus innings. He dropped to 1-6 in Triple-A this season. Binford left with the bases loaded in the sixth and lefty Joe Beimel allowed all three to score. Beimel then allowed four runs of his own. Fellow lefty Scott Alexander pitched 1.1 perfect innings of relief.
Hunter Dozier and Irving Falu each had two hits in the loss. Dozier doubled and scored two runs, while Falu drove in a run in the ninth. Jorge Bonifacio hit his 12th home run of the season (a two-run shot), his first on the road.
Outfielder Brett Eibner returned to the Storm Chasers and went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Former Storm Chaser Andrew Triggs pitched the ninth for Nashville and allowed a run on two hits.
*In roster news, reliever Benino Pruneda was sent to Double-A. NW Arkansas is in their All-Star break, so he will not be activated until Thursday when the Naturals begin a six-game homestand (look for a corresponding move).
Double-A NW Arkansas headed into the Texas League All-Star break by winning their finale at Tulsa, 8-3. They are 4-2 in the second half.
The Naturals collected 17 hits, six for extra bases. Ryan O’Hearn, who has the fifth best batting average in the TL but was not voted to the All-Star team, had three doubles (17 in Double-A) and two runs scored. Frank Schwindel, who will participate in Tuesday’s Home Run Derby, hit his 12th homer along with his sixth double.
Logan Moon, Carlos Garcia, and Carlos Diaz each had two hits in the win. Moon doubled and drove in a run. Diaz drove in his first run. Jack Lopez went 3-for-4 with three runs scored, an RBI, and his fifth stolen base.
Tim Hill earned the win in relief of starter Pedro Fernandez (3.1IP, 6H, 3R, BB, K, HR). Hill stranded the bases loaded in the 4th inning and allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings. Matt Alvarez followed and hit two batters while recording an out in the sixth (11 pitches, three for strikes), before Yender Caramo escaped the jam with a strikeout (Caramo struck out three in 2.1 perfect innings of relief). Mark Peterson pitched a perfect ninth.
High-A Wilmington dropped to 1-3 in the second half with a series loss at Winston-Salem. They lost 5-1 in Sunday’s finale. The Blue Rocks couldn’t escape three errors.
The Blue Rocks got on the board in the first on Alfredo Escalera‘s solo home run. It was his second of the season and second against the Dash. Escalera returned from injury after missing the last eight games.
However, they collected just seven total hits. Raul Mondesi singled in the fifth, which moved Humberto Arteaga to third base with two outs (he had doubled). However, Mondesi struck out in the third with two in scoring position and one out (he played seven innings of defense at shortstop). Chad Johnson went 2-for-3 with a walk.
Josh Staumont took his eighth loss of the season, as he has not reached the 6th inning since going a career-high seven back on May 10th. Staumont allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out seven, but threw 98 pitches (57 for strikes).
Kyle Kubat followed and allowed three runs on five hits in two innings of work. Jake Kalish induced three ground outs in the eighth.
The Blue Rocks return home for a seven-game homestand, beginning with first half champion Lynchburg.
Low-A Lexington dropped to 0-4 in the second half, as they were swept by Hagerstown. They lost the Sunday series finale, 12-9.
The Suns scored five runs in the top of the ninth and nine runs over the final three innings. They collected 14 hits and 12 walks.
Gerson Garabito got the start and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks over 3.2 innings. He struck out seven. Mark McCoy followed and allowed four runs on four hits and four walks over three innings. He also allowed an inherited run to score in the 4th inning.
Nik Stephenson took the loss, as he allowed six runs on six hits and four walks over 1.2 innings. Franco Terrero stranded a runner in the ninth by inducing two ground outs.
The Legends had ten hits and seven walks, but went 4-for-17 with runners in scoring position. DJ Burt had two hits, scored three runs, and stole two bases (he now has 19). Anderson Miller and Mike Hill each had two hits in the loss. Hill also had three passed balls. Brandon Dulin hit a three-run homer in the first.
The Legends now head to West Virginia for three games.
Zane Evans caught all nine innings in his rehab assignment with Burlington. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and had a passed ball. The Royals lost 4-3.
As I head to bed, lefty Sam Selman continued his rehab assignment with the AZL Royals. He started the 3rd inning and with one out, Selman committed an error. After a balk, Selman walked the next batter. A wild pitch and a two-run single followed before Selman struck out the final two batters of the inning. The AZL Royals are currently losing 5-0.