Triple-A Omaha lost in walk off fashion in Nashville, 3-2 in 12 innings. Newly inserted reliever Kevin McCarthy allowed a leadoff double and with one out, an RBI single set off the celebration.
Down 2-0 heading into the 8th inning, the Storm Chasers scored a run on Brett Eibner‘s two out RBI triple. They tied the game in the ninth on Irving Falu‘s RBI double.
The Storm Chasers collected nine hits and worked four walks, but went just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position and hit into two double plays. The top two hitters in the order, Reymond Fuentes and Ramon Torres, each had two hits in the loss. Torres stole three bases.
John Lannan got the start and allowed one run on five hits and two walks over six innings.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener to Lynchburg, 12-3. The Blue Rocks couldn’t overcome three errors in the 7th inning or the Hillcats power.
For the second straight game, the Blue Rocks got on the board in the first on an Alfredo Escalera solo home run. Problem is, the Hillcats hit three homers.
Foster Griffin dropped to 1-4 as he allowed five runs on nine hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He did strike out five, but allowed two home runs. Lefty Luis Rico followed and stranded a runner in the fifth. However, Rico allowed five runs (three earned) on three hits (a homer) and two walks over two innings. Fellow lefty Brennan Henry allowed two inherited runs to score, along with two of his own (both were unearned) in the Hillcats five-run 7th inning.
Raul Mondesi was the DH for the Blue Rocks and went 1-for-5 with a run scored and two more strikeouts.
*In roster news, All-Star shortstop Humberto Arteaga was promoted to Double-A NW Arkansas (though the Naturals are enjoying their All-Star break). Fellow infielder Carlos Diaz was sent to Wilmington (he entered in the eighth on defense at third base and grounded into a double play to end the game).
It will be interesting to see how Arteaga fits into the lineup next week when Mondesi returns (unless he gets a promotion to Triple-A), with Corey Toups the starting second baseman.
Low-A Lexington won their series opener in West Virginia, 13-6. It was the Legends first win of the season half.
The Legends pounded out 18 hits (six for extra bases) and every hitter had a multi-hit game, except for nine-hole hitter Jecksson Flores (1-for-5, RBI, RS). Amalani Fukofuka hit two doubles and scored two runs. Brandon Dulin doubled and drove in three runs. He also stole his first base. DJ Burt stole his 20th base and went 2-for-6 with a triple, two RBIs, and three runs scored.
Despite a rough start (5IP, 8H, 6R, 5ER, 5BB, 2K, HR), Yunior Marte was credited with the victory. Reid Redman continued his rehab assignment from Tommy John surgery and allowed two hits over two scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three. Sam Lewis made his Low-A debut and also allowed two hits over two scoreless innings of relief.
*Pitcher Julio Pinto was placed on the DL.
Zane Evans continued his rehab assignment with Burlington, going 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI, and a run scored as the DH. The Royals won 9-4.