Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener to Memphis, 2-1.
Jake Junis was the hard luck loser, as he allowed a run on five hits and three walks over seven innings. He struck out six. Reliever Mark Peterson allowed a solo home run with two outs in the 8th inning that ended up being the game winner.
The Storm Chasers scored a run in the bottom of the ninth on a Jorge Soler RBI single (2-for-4). With two on and nobody out with the heart of the order coming up, Omaha was shut down.
Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener in Springfield, 6-5 in 12 innings.
With one out in the top of the 12th inning, Frank Schwindel (3-for-5, two doubles, and three RBIs) walked. After a ground out moved Schwindel into scoring position, Naturals manager Vance Wilson called on Humberto Arteaga to pinch run. Logan Moon followed with an RBI single to center, though he was thrown out at second base to end the inning.
That made a winner out of Ashton Goudeau, who threw two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two hits, but struck out three (including two in the bottom of the 12th).
The Naturals blew a 5-1 lead after seven innings, as starter Christian Binford allowed just one run on five hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out five.
Lefty Sam Selman started the 8th inning by allowing a leadoff single. Then his inning went like this: strikeout, hit batter, strikeout, steal of third base, walk, RBI hit batter, and a two-run single. That brought in Reid Redman, who got a strikeout to escape.
Redman then allowed a leadoff homer in the bottom of the ninth.
High-A Wilmington won their first game over Salem this season, winning 10-2 on Tuesday night. The Blue Rocks offense collected 12 hits, including three triples.
The game didn’t start out well for the Blue Rocks or starter Cristian Castillo. Three batters into the game, Salem led 2-0 on a two-run single by Michael Chavis (who has killed the Blue Rocks in five games this season). Castillo would walk his second batter of the inning and hit one, but escaped further damage.
From there, Castillo went on to throw five scoreless innings. He retired ten in a row before allowing a leadoff single in the fifth. He then retired five straight before a two out walk in the sixth. “He stopped the damage at two runs to the best hitting team in the league and got in a grove,” Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk said after the game about Castillo.
Quirk also had this to say about Castillo in regards to battling back after that rough first inning: “It is a game savor for us. If we have to go to the bullpen in the second inning, we would have been messed up for awhile after that, but we were fortunate we didn’t have to.”
Then Gabe Cramer came on and pumped fastballs by the Red Sox. Though he allowed three hits over the final three innings, he struck out eight. “He kept going down and away, his location was phenomenal,” said Quirk about Cramer after the game.
“I threw fastball heavy tonight,” said Cramer after the game. “Guys were behind it and I was able to move it in and out, up and down when I wanted to. Mainly the fastball was working but I threw a few sliders to try and change speeds a little bit. Guys were on it so I went back to the fastball and it ended up working well.”
Now to that Blue Rocks offense.
DJ Burt got the first inning started by working a one out walk (he would walk three times in the game). The hot hitting Elier Hernandez followed with a double, with Burt scoring on the error by the Salem left fielder.
The Blue Rocks then put a four-spot on the board in the second, with Nicky Lopez driving in two runs with a two out, two-run triple. After another walk to Burt, Hernandez drove in both runners with the first of his two triples.
The Blue Rocks were held scoreless until the fifth, when they batted around by putting five runs on the board. Hernandez started the inning with a triple and scored on an Anderson Miller single (it was his only hit of the game). With the bases loaded and two outs, a wild pitch scored two runs, as Cody Jones (who had walked) hustled from second base to score without a throw (the catcher had no clue where the ball was). Lopez followed with an RBI single to finish off the scoring.
Hernandez and Wander Franco each had three hits in the win. On the negative side, DH Chase Vallot struck out five times, breaking his bat over his knee after the last one (though it took two tries). The Blue Rocks did strike out 13 times.
Low-A Lexington won their second straight in Greensboro, 8-4.
Down 2-1 heading into the top of the third, the Legends used two home runs to take back the lead. Khalil Lee hit a solo shot (2-for-4) and Chris DeVito added a two-run homer with two outs (2-for-4 with a double). DeVito now has nine home runs and 33 RBIs.
The Legends would then score single runs in the fourth, fifth, sixth, and eighth innings. Nick Dini, just back from a suspension, hit a solo homer in the sixth (2-for-4 with a double).
Nolan Watson picked up his first win of the season, as he allowed four runs (two earned) on three hits and four walks over five innings. Walker Sheller followed with two scoreless innings (2H, 2BB, K) before Grant Gavin tossed two scoreless innings to close out the game (H, BB, 2K).
In roster news, Dini came back from suspension and Manny Olloque was back on the roster. He went 0-for-4 as the DH. Catcher Mark Sanchez and reliever David McKay were “sent” to Burlington, with pitcher Geoffrey Bramblett being added to the roster.