Triple-A Omaha lost to New Orleans, 4-1. The Storm Chasers out-hit the Baby Cakes 10-9, but went 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position.
Leadoff hitter Billy Burns went 2-for-5. Ryan O’Hearn and Peter O’Brien, the Storm Chasers 5-6 hitters, each went 2-for-4. O’Brien drove in the team’s lone run, while O’Hearn extended his hitting streak to seven games. Jorge Soler continued his rehab assignment and went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts (he played left field and was pinch-hit for in the ninth).
Jake Junis took the loss, as he allowed all four runs on eight hits over just 4.2 innings. He allowed a three-run home run to former Storm Chaser Moises Sierra in the 4th inning. Junis left in the fifth with the bases loaded and Kevin McCarthy stranded all three (1.1IP, H, 0R, BB, K). Eric Stout pitched two perfect innings of relief with two strikeouts.
*In roster news, right-hander Kyle Zimmer was placed on the DL to make room for infielder Raul Mondesi (who did not play).
Double-A NW Arkansas‘ four-game winning streak came to an end with a 6-4 loss in their series opener with Springfield. The Cardinals broke the 4-4 tie with two runs in the top of the ninth.
Coming on in relief of lefty Sam Selman with one on and one out in the ninth, Jake Newberry allowed a two out RBI triple. An RBI single followed, but Logan Moon threw the runner out trying to stretch the single into a double (Moon went 3-for-4 at the plate). The Naturals went down in order in the bottom of the ninth.
It was another short start for Matt Tenuta (he has yet to go five innings in four starts), who allowed three runs on four hits and three walks over just three innings. He made one bad pitch, a three-run home run in the top of the second, but needed 81 pitches to get through three innings. Pedro Fernandez followed and allowed a run on four hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out four.
Samir Duenez gave the Naturals a first inning two-run lead with a home run (he went 2-for-4). Frank Schwindel went 2-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to seven games. Leadoff hitter Donnie Dewees and Zane Evans each had two hits in the loss.
High-A Wilmington had off and begins a six-game road trip tomorrow night with stops in Myrtle Beach and Buies Creek.
Low-A Lexington lost their series opener to Augusta, 2-1 in ten innings. The GreenJackets scored a run in the ninth to tie the game and one in the top of the tenth to win it.
The Legends collected just one hit, a triple by Emmanuel Rivera with one out in the fourth. They scored the game’s first run in the bottom of the first on a leadoff walk, followed by a passed ball, another walk and stolen base, and an errant pickoff throw. They collected three more walks, with one being erased on a double play and another on a caught stealing. They went down in order over the final four innings (four by the strikeout).
Legends starter Travis Eckert took the no decision, as he allowed just three hits and a walk over six scoreless innings. He struck out five. Ofreidy Gomez dropped to 0-4 as he allowed two runs on five hits over the final four innings. He struck out four.