Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener in New Orleans, 6-0.
The Storm Chasers collected eight hits, three by leadoff hitter Ramon Torres. Jorge Soler continued his rehab assignment and went 0-for-3. Paulo Orlando was activated and started in center field. He batted third and went 0-for-2 with two walks and a strikeout.
Pitching struggled the entire game, as starter Eric Skoglund took the loss. Though he only allowed an unearned run, he did allow four hits and walked two over just 4.1 innings. Skoglund struck out five, but threw 86 pitches and allowed three stolen bases. Mark Peterson “returned” from rookie ball and allowed three runs on three hits and a walk over two innings. He allowed a two out, two-run home run in the sixth. Yender Caramo followed and allowed two runs on two hits over 1.2 innings. He allowed a two out, two-run homer in the seventh.
*Something to keep an eye on: catcher Cam Gallagher was pinch-hit for in the ninth by Carlos Diaz (who singled).
Double-A NW Arkansas won their doubleheader over Tulsa. The Naturals won the first game by a 3-2 score. They scored two runs in the sixth and walked off in the seventh.
Logan Moon (2-for-3) led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, moved to second base on a sac bunt, and went to third base on an infield single. After an intentional walk, Moon scored on a ground out.
Sam Selman earned the win in relief, as he struck out the only batter he faced. Christian Binford got the start for the Naturals and allowed two runs on nine hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five.
They collected nine hits, with Alfredo Escalera going 3-for-3 with a triple and a run scored.
The Naturals won the second game, 5-3.
Corey Ray picked up his first Double-A victory, allowing three runs on four hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six. Ray allowed solo home runs in the first, third, and fourth innings. Luis Rico and Evan Beal each threw a scoreless inning of relief, with Beal picking up his second save.
The Naturals took the lead in the second, scoring three runs, two of which scored on a Donnie Dewees triple. Frank Schwindel went 2-for-3 with a double, a run scored, and an RBI.
High-A Wilmington was rained out against Winston-Salem. The two teams will finish their series on Sunday afternoon with a doubleheader. 2014 draft picks Foster Griffin and Scott Blewett will get the starts for the Blue Rocks.
Low-A Lexington won their first non-series opener of the season, beating Columbia, 4-0.
Jace Vines earned his first victory, as he allowed three hits, a walk, and a hit batter over six innings. He struck out four. Garrett Davila earned his first save, as he allowed just one hit over the final three innings. He struck out three.
The Legends used the long ball to beat the Fireflies, hitting a home run in both the first and second innings. Chris DeVito hit a two out, two-run homer in the first, while Khalil Lee also hit a two out, two-run homer in the second. Lee also stole his fifth base of the season.
Shortstop Ricky Aracena went 2-for-4 with a run scored in the win.
I mentioned last night that loyal reader Mike Taylor had the chance to see Lexington play. He was at the game again tonight and here are his thoughts:
- Very impressed with Lee. He covers a lot of ground in the outfield, takes nice angles, hustles on the bases, and squares the ball up. Lee made a nice catch on a long run in the seventh in right field.
- Both Lee and DeVito’s homers were no doubters. DeVito was robbed of extra bases later in the game on a 400 foot shot to center.
- The middle infield of Aracena and Angelo Castellano handled some tough plays flawlessly.
- Vines relied on changing speeds to keep the Fireflies off balance. His fastball sat around 87-88 mph, but he touched 92 mph in Tim Tebow’s final at-bat.
- Davila sat between 83-85 mph. Mike was surprised that he didn’t throw harder.