Triple-A Omaha finished up their road trip with a series split in New Orleans, winning the finale, 7-5.
The Baby Cakes scored a run in the bottom of the ninth and had the bases loaded against Al Alburquerque (who earned his second save), but former Storm Chaser Moises Sierra struck out to end the game.
Luke Farrell improved to 3-1 on the season, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks over six innings. He allowed two home runs. Veteran Bobby Parnell posted another scoreless inning of relief, lowering his ERA to 0.93.
With one out in the eighth, Corey Toups drove in two runs with a single. Ryan O’Hearn extended his hitting streak to eight games by going 2-for-5 with a run scored. Leadoff hitter Billy Burns went 2-for-5 with a triple. Ramon Torres went 3-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, and two runs scored. He also stole two bases.
It was a rough return to the minors for Raul Mondesi, who struck out in all four of his at-bats. He started at shortstop and was replaced on defense in the seventh. Jorge Soler continued his rehab assignment and hit a solo home run in the first (he went 1-for-4 with a walk and two strikeouts).
*Former Storm Chaser Clayton Mortensen allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over three innings of relief. He struck out six. Mortensen allowed Parker Morin‘s two out, two-run double in the sixth.
Double-A NW Arkansas beat Springfield, 4-1. Reid Redman entered the game in the ninth after back-to-back walks to start the inning. Redman allowed a single to load the bases, but then retired the side in order (with the last two outs coming via the strikeout) to earn his first save.
The Naturals broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the seventh with three runs. Mauricio Ramos led off the inning with a single and scored on a Frank Schwindel home run. Two batters later, Humberto Arteaga hit a solo homer (his first of the season). Some sloppy defense by the Cardinals in the eighth allowed the fourth run to score.
Schwindel, Arteaga, and Terrance Gore all had two hits in the win.
Miguel Almonte got the start for the Naturals and took the no decision. He allowed three hits and walked three over 5.2 innings. Almonte struck out seven and lowered his ERA to 0.98.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener in Myrtle Beach, 7-6. It was another late inning loss on the road.
The Blue Rocks took a 5-3 lead in the top of the eighth when DJ Burt singled in two runs with two outs and scored on an Elier Hernandez single.
The lead didn’t last long, as the Pelicans scored four runs in the bottom of the eighth. With two on and two outs, Franco Terrero got a strikeout, but the throw to first by Chase Vallot was bad (his sixth error of the season), a run scored, and the batter reached first. The next hitter drove in two with a triple and scored on a single. Terrero ended up striking out the side, but dropped to 0-2 on the season.
Blue Rocks leadoff hitter Nicky Lopez went 4-for-6 with a triple and two runs scored. Burt had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs. Wander Franco collected three hits in the loss.
One day after collecting just one hit against Augusta, Low-A Lexington was no-hit by the GreenJackets at home and lost 9-0. Domenic Mazza pitched a perfect game, striking out nine in the complete game victory. He needed just 85 pitches in becoming the first in South Atlantic League history.
Things got interesting in the 8th inning as the benches cleared, as two Augusta players and Legends catcher Nick Dini were ejected. One of the Augusta players, Kelvin Beltre, had just hit a solo home run.
Andre Davis took the loss, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits over three-plus innings. Jose Veras allowed one of Davis’ runs and one of his own on a homer to the first batter he faced. Veras then went on to pitch four scoreless innings.