Triple-A Omaha lost for the third straight day to Memphis, losing 12-9 on Thursday night in ten innings. The Storm Chasers stormed back to tie the game at 9-9 in the bottom of the 9th inning (they scored six runs across the eighth and ninth), but the Redbirds quickly retook the lead with three runs in the top of the tenth.
With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Omaha pinch-hitter Ryan O’Hearn hit a two-run home run to tie the game. They scored four runs in the eighth after having two outs and nobody on base (four straight singles and a two-run double from Raul Mondesi).
Veteran Al Alburquerque started the tenth after Seth Maness threw two scoreless innings of relief (2H, 3K). Alburquerque allowed four singles, two stolen bases, a walk, and a sac fly.
It was a rough night for Storm Chasers starter Eric Skoglund, as he allowed nine runs (six earned) on 11 hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out four, committed an error, and allowed a two-run homer in the 2nd inning.
On offense for Omaha, leadoff hitter Billy Burns went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and a run scored. Corey Toups went 2-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored. He was also hit twice. Garin Cecchini went 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, a run scored, and three RBIs. Rehabber Jorge Soler played all ten innings in right field and went 0-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
*In roster news, starter Jonathan Dziedzic was placed on the DL, as reliever Onelki Garcia was added from extended spring training. Garcia made his debut, pitching 2.1 scoreless innings. He did allow an inherited run in the fifth.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their first game in Springfield, losing 9-1 as the Cardinals collected 15 hits.
Meanwhile, the Naturals collected just five hits. Zane Evans and Jack Lopez, the 7-8 hitters, each had two hits in the loss. Samir Duenez drove in the Naturals only run with a solo homer in the sixth (his fifth of the season).
It was the same story for Naturals starter Matt Tenuta, as he once again did not complete five innings. He lasted just 3.2 innings and allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks. He did strike out five, but his ERA is now 10.19.
It wasn’t much better for the bullpen, as both lefty Luis Rico and right-hander Evan Beal combined to allow four runs on seven hits and a walk over the final 4.1 innings. Beal allowed a two-run homer in the seventh.
High-A Wilmington won their series opener at Down East, winning 10-0. The normally struggling Blue Rocks offense collected 20 hits. Yes 20!
Despite the 20 hits, the Blue Rocks went 6-for-20 with runners in scoring position. Every hitter except Roman Collins had at least one hit. Anderson Miller extended his on-base streak to 19 games, as he went 2-for-6 with a double and a triple. DJ Burt went 4-for-6 with a double and two RBIs. He also stole his sixth base. Elier Hernandez went 3-for-6, but also struck out three times.
Chase Vallot (2-for-4) and Jecksson Flores (3-for-5) each hit solo home runs. Travis Maezes went a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored.
It wasn’t just the offense that was stellar on Thursday night. So was the pitching. It started with starter Scott Blewett, who picked up his first High-A victory. He allowed just four hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings. He struck out three. Two of the four hits Blewett allowed came to the first two batters he faced in the game. After allowing a two out double in the 2nd inning, Blewett retired 11-of-12 before allowing a single with one out in the sixth.
Reliever Franco Terrero allowed just one hit over the final two innings. He threw just 20 pitches (13 for strikes).
Low-A Lexington blew a two run lead and lost their finale in Greensboro, 4-3. The Grasshoppers scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth. The Legends now head to West Virginia for four games.
Things got interesting in the 8th inning with Legends reliever Julio Pinto on the mound (he just came back from a suspension). Pinto allowed a leadoff walk and then a home run to tie the game. After getting two outs, Pinto then allowed a solo homer to give Greensboro the lead. Pinto hit the next batter, which led to an ejection. He MAY be getting suspended again.
Legends starter Gerson Garabito took the no decision, as he allowed just one run on five hits, a walk, and a hit batter over six innings. He struck out six.
The Legends collected six hits, two coming off the bat of Angelo Castellano. He doubled and scored a run. With two on and one out in the 2nd inning, Amalani Fukofuka drove in two runs with a single.