Triple-A Omaha won their first game of the season, winning their finale in Colorado Springs, 8-3. After an off day on Monday, the Storm Chasers will play their home opener on Tuesday night against Round Rock.
The Storm Chasers got on the board in the first on a two-run home run from Whit Merrifield (he went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored). They capped their scoring in the sixth on a Jorge Bonifacio two out, three-run homer.
Ryan O’Hearn and Corey Toups had two doubles each. Peter O’Brien also had a two hit day.
All of that offense made a winner of Omaha starter Luke Farrell, who allowed three runs on five hits and two walks over 5.1 innings. Lefty Eric Stout struck out two over 1.2 innings, while Malcom Culver and lefty Scott Alexander each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Alexander needed just seven pitches in the ninth.
Double-A NW Arkansas started their home series with Corpus Christi with a loss, losing 7-3. The Hooks scored five runs in the top of the eighth.
In his second inning of relief, Pedro Fernandez allowed back-to-back doubles to start the 8th inning. In came lefty Tim Hill, who after a strikeout, allowed a single, a walk, and a bases clearing triple. Another single drove in the fifth run before back-to-back strikeouts (the final one by Reid Redman) mercifully ended the inning.
That negated the solid start from Christian Binford, who allowed a two out, two-run homer in the fourth. Over six innings, he allowed seven hits and walked one while striking out three.
The Naturals collected just six hits, three by third baseman Mauricio Ramos.
High-A Wilmington lost their home series to Potomac, as they lost the finale, 8-7. Once again, it was a see-saw battle until the end. For the second straight game, a combined three home runs were hit.
The Blue Rocks had their chance in the ninth, as Brandon Downes hit a two out, solo home run to cut the deficit to one run (he went 2-for-5 with a walk and no strikeouts). Anderson Miller followed with a single and stole his third base of the day (he went 2-for-3 with two walks). Roman Collins walked, but Wander Franco (2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI) flied out to end the game.
The Blue Rocks walked four times, hit two run-scoring triples, and stole four bases. The P-Nats also committed four errors, but the Blue Rocks could not capitalize (2-for-15 with runners in scoring position).
Jared Ruxer made his first appearance in the KC Royals organization and took the loss, as he allowed a two out, two-run homer in the sixth that broke the 6-6 tie. Over three innings, he allowed those two runs on five hits and a walk while striking out five. Ruxer pitched in relief of starter Emilio Ogando, who allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk over four innings. He also struck out five and allowed a two-run homer.
Franco Terrero pitched two scoreless innings of relief, allowing just one hit while striking out three (25 pitches, 16 strikes).
Low-A Lexington lost their series in Charleston, losing the finale 12-4. The two teams combined for 26 hits. However, the Legends committed five errors, which cost them three runs.
Manny Olloque hit two doubles and a solo homer, while scoring three runs. Khalil Lee also doubled twice in the loss. Kort Peterson and Angelo Castellano each had two hits.
It was a rough start for Ofreidy Gomez, who allowed six runs (five earned) on seven hits and four walks over four innings. He also had an error on a pickoff throw. Travis Eckert pitched the fifth and allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits (there were two errors behind him). David McKay allowed a solo home runs in the seventh (3IP, 3H, R, 0BB, 6K).
The Legends now move on to Greenville for the next three days. In their first series of the season, the Legends allowed 30 runs.