Triple-A Omaha lost their second straight to Oklahoma City, losing 6-1 on Friday night. OKC added some insurance in the seventh with a four-spot, after the Storm Chasers scored a run in the bottom of the sixth.
Eric Skoglund was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs on two hits and three walks over six innings. OKC scored two runs in the third on a double and a sac fly (the inning started with a walk). Veteran Bobby Parnell was lit up for four runs on five hits in the seventh. Fellow veteran Al Alburquerque threw two perfect innings of relief.
Rehabber Jorge Soler drove in Omaha’s lone run with a single (three straight singles started the bottom of the sixth). It was the first time Soler had played all nine innings in the outfield. The Storm Chasers collected just six hits, two from leadoff hitter Ramon Torres (including a double). On the downside, Torres committed his fourth error at shortstop.
Ryan O’Hearn‘s hitting streak came to an end at nine games. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.
*Former Royal Brett Eibner started in right field for OKC and went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener in Tulsa, 4-0. It was their fifth straight win over the Drillers.
The Drillers were held to just four hits, with Naturals starter Corey Ray allowing just two over six scoreless innings. He walked two and struck out three. Ashton Goudeau allowed a hit over two scoreless innings of relief, before Sam Selman allowed a hit in the ninth (around three strikeouts).
Frank Schwindel continues to rake in his return trip to NWA. He went 3-for-4, falling a triple short of a cycle. In raising his average to .403, Schwindel singled in the second, homered in the sixth, and doubled in a run in the eighth. He extended his hitting streak to ten games, with six straight multi-hit games (eight total in that span).
Terrance Gore went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener in Buies Creek, 2-1.
The Blue Rocks led 1-0 after an Elier Hernandez home run in the sixth (one of the team’s five hits). Starter Foster Griffin was cruising along, having allowed just one hit through six innings. With one out in the seventh, Griffin walked a batter and then allowed a single. After a fly out put runners on first and third, Griffin was pulled in favor of Yunior Marte. Marte immediately allowed an RBI single, with the go ahead run scoring on a throwing error on the same play.
Buies Creek pitching retired the final eight Blue Rocks hitters (with three strikeouts). Meanwhile, the Blue Rocks committed four errors.
Low-A Lexington used power to pummel Hagerstown, 16-4.
Chris DeVito hit a grand slam in the bottom of the first and the Legends were off and running. After the Suns cut the deficit to 4-2 in the top of the third, the Legends came right back with a seven-spot. With two outs in the bottom of the third, Khalil Lee hit a grand slam.
DeVito hit another homer, his seventh of the season, in the fifth with one runner on base (he drove in six runs to give him a South Atlantic League leading 28 on the season). Gabriel Cancel also hit two homers, drove in three runs, and scored three runs. Kort Peterson and Angelo Castellano each had two hits in the win.
The offensive outburst made a winner of Gerson Garabito, who allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out five.
*There were a few roster moves, as catcher Mark Sanchez was added and picked up a pinch-hit single in the 8th inning (his first at-bat of the season). Reliever Julio Pinto, catcher Nick Dini, and third baseman Manny Olloque were removed from the roster (maybe a suspension came down from the benches-clearing brawl during the perfect game versus Augusta?)