Triple-A Omaha enjoyed their off day before their home opener on Tuesday. They could be without a player, as Terrance Gore was optioned to Double-A following the KC Royals game this afternoon (he pinch ran for the first time this season). Now the Naturals will have to make another roster move.
The Storm Chasers will also need to make room for starter Eric Skoglund, who was promoted this afternoon (he most likely will be activated prior to his first Triple-A start).
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their second straight to Corpus Christi, losing 3-2.
The Naturals out-hit the Hooks, 7-5, but were thrown out trying to steal twice and Humberto Arteaga, who went 2-for-4, was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double leading off the seventh.
Corey Ray, who was activated prior to making his first Double-A start, allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks over five innings. He struck out two. Ray settled down after giving up two runs in the first (one came via a home run).
Relievers Ashton Goudeau and Jake Newberry put up identical lines: 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 4K.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener to Carolina, 2-1.
The Blue Rocks were no-hit over the first seven innings (Carolina starter Marcos Diplan walked three over the first five innings), until Roman Collins led off the bottom of the eighth with a single off reliever Freddy Peralta. Wander Franco followed with a single, as did Colton Frabasilio to cut the deficit to 2-1.
In the bottom of the ninth, Brandon Downes tripled to start the inning (his second of the season). However, three straight strikeouts ended the game.
The Blue Rocks ended up with more hits than the Mudcats (4-2). AJ Puckett was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two unearned runs on one hit and four walks over five innings. He struck out six. The game started with a leadoff walk. A stolen base and a throwing error by catcher Chase Vallot (his second of the season), led to a sac fly and the Mudcats’ first run. They scored again in the fifth, an inning that once again started with a walk. A fielding error by Vallot on a sac bunt led to another unearned run. Vallot also had a passed ball (his second on the season) and struck out in three of his four at-bats (he is hitting just .100).
Jake Kalish followed with three scoreless innings (H, 0BB, 4K) before Richard Lovelady pitched a perfect ninth.
Low-A Lexington won their series opener in Greenville, 12-4. It was 10-1 after three innings.
The Legends scored five runs in the top of the first, four coming on a Manny Olloque grand slam. In the 2nd inning, they chased Drive starter (and Boston’s #3 prospect) Jay Groome from the game with four more runs (he left due to injury). Emmanuel Rivera drove in two of his four runs with a single (he went 3-for-5). Kort Peterson went 4-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored, and two RBIs.
Andre Davis got the win, as he allowed four runs on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out eight. Davis did allow two home runs. Grant Gavin pitched two more hitless innings (he now has five on the season), though he did walk a batter. Gavin struck out two.