Triple-A Omaha ended their series with two walk off victories in their doubleheader against Oklahoma City. In both games, the only runs scored by OKC came via the long ball. The Storm Chasers now welcome Memphis to town for four games.
The Storm Chasers won Game 1, 2-1 in seven innings. With the bases loaded on three straight singles to start the bottom of the seventh, Paulo Orlando singled to center to drive in the winning run.
Orlando tied the game in the fifth with an RBI double. The rehabbing Jorge Soler was thrown out at the plate on the play (Soler went 2-for-2 with a walk and was hit by a pitch).
Prior to the 5th inning, Omaha was being no-hit by OKC starter Justin Masterson (though he had walked three and hit two). Raul Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a run scored, though he did commit his first error at shortstop.
Omaha starter Josh Staumont allowed just one run on four hits and three walks over 6.2 innings. OKC got their run in the third on a solo homer. Staumont struck out a career-high tying 12 and threw 72 of his 107 pitches for strikes. Al Alburquerque picked up the victory, as he entered with a runner on base in the seventh and recorded the final out (though he did allow a hit).
The Storm Chasers won the second game, 2-1 in 11 innings. Peter O’Brien sent the fans home happy with a solo home run (his third of the season) with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning.
Omaha took a quick 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an Orlando sac fly.
The 11 inning affair took its toll on the Storm Chasers pitching staff, as they went with a bullpen game. Yender Caramo got the start and allowed two hits over the first three innings. In an odd stat, the sinkerballer only induced one ground out, while getting six fly outs. Seth Maness made his season debut and allowed a solo homer to veteran Ike Davis tie the game in the fifth (2IP, H, R, BB, 0K).
Lefty Eric Stout allowed two hits over 1.1 innings. Malcom Culver entered with a runner on base in the seventh and left it stranded (1.2IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 0K). Next up was Kevin McCarthy, who struck out one over two perfect innings of relief. He threw just 23 pitches, 15 for strikes. Bobby Parnell was credited with the victory after throwing a scoreless inning (a hit and a strikeout).
It was a tale of two pitching staffs, as OKC pitchers combined for 18 strikeouts and just seven hits, while Omaha pitchers combined for seven hits and just three strikeouts.
Double-A NW Arkansas won their series finale in Tulsa, 7-6. The Naturals now head to Springfield for four games.
The Naturals got the game started with back-to-back home runs by leadoff hitter Donnie Dewees and Alfredo Escalera (Tulsa manager Ryan Garko was ejected after the first homer). Both Dewees and Escalera each had two hits and two RBIs in the win.
The Naturals would add another solo home run in the seventh, this time by Ruben Sosa (2-for-4).
Clinging to a 6-4 lead in the seventh, reliever Evan Beal allowed an unearned run (the inning started with an error by Jack Lopez at third base). Beal left with the bases loaded and two outs in favor of lefty Tim Hill, who induced a ground out to end the inning.
Hill would get into trouble in the bottom of the ninth, as he allowed a triple and an RBI single to start. In came Jake Newberry, who escaped the jam to pick up his third save.
Naturals starter Miguel Almonte earned his first victory of the season. He allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and a walk over six innings. Almonte struck out nine, but allowed a three-run homer in the fifth.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener to Salem, 4-3 in ten innings. It was a back-and-forth affair, with the Blue Rocks blowing a 3-2 lead with two outs in the top of the ninth.
AJ Puckett took the no decision, as he allowed a run on six hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out six. Franco Terrero followed and allowed a two out RBI single in the seventh that tied the game at 2-2. The 7th inning started with a leadoff walk, but first baseman Roman Collins missed a pickoff throw, which moved the tying run into scoring position.
In the 8th inning, Terrero hit the first two batters, but was saved when catcher Chase Vallot threw the first hit batter out at second base. Richard Lovelady came on with a runner on base and one out and escaped with a strikeout and a ground out.
Lovelady wasn’t so lucky in the ninth when he allowed a two out single to Blue Rocks killer Michael Chavis (8-for-16 this season against the Blue Rocks). He moved to second on a hit batter and scored the tying run on a single.
In the top of the tenth with Andres Machado on, Salem got a one out double. With two outs, another double broke the tie.
The Blue Rocks had single base runners in both the ninth and tenth innings, but could not come up with a big hit.
The Blue Rocks got on the board in the fourth on a Vallot double with one out (Elier Hernandez had led off the inning with a double). In the bottom of the sixth (right after Salem tied the game), Wander Franco doubled in a run with two outs.
In the bottom of the seventh (right after Salem had once again tied the game), the Blue Rocks retook the lead on a Nicky Lopez RBI single.
Low-A Lexington had off on Monday and begins a six-game road trip on Tuesday in Greensboro.