Triple-A Omaha won their series opener in Las Vegas, 5-1.
The Storm Chasers scored two runs in both the third and fourth innings. Paulo Orlando drove in two with a two out single in the third. In the fourth, Dean Anna doubled in two with one out.
Josh Staumont got the start and pitched five scoreless innings in earning the victory. He allowed just four hits and struck out ten, but also walked five. Yender Caramo was next up and threw two scoreless innings before allowing a home run in the eighth.
The Storm Chasers got the run back on a Raul Mondesi two out home run in the top of the ninth (he went 3-for-4 with his seventh stolen base). Ramon Torres went 2-for-4.
Malcom Culver struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth on 18 pitches.
*In roster news, outfielder Terrance Gore was promoted from Double-A. He made his debut as the leadoff hitter, while playing center field.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener to Tulsa, 9-3. The Drillers scored all of their runs in the second and third innings.
Zach Lovvorn took the loss, as he allowed seven runs on nine hits and a walk over just 2.1 innings. He left with two on in the 3rd inning in favor of Evan Beal, who allowed both to score.
On offense for the Naturals, Alfredo Escalera and Frank Schwindel (no he did not get promoted) each had three hits. Shortstop Humberto Arteaga went 2-for-3 with an RBI in the loss.
High-A Wilmington lost their series finale to Potomac, 8-4. The P-Nats were held scoreless over the final five innings.
It was an off night for Blue Rocks starter AJ Puckett, who did not use his fastball much and couldn’t locate. He walked five in lasting just 2.1 innings. Puckett left with the bases loaded in favor of Jacob Bodner, who allowed just one to score on a fielder’s choice.
Bodner would allow one run on two hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out five. Andres Machado followed with three hitless innings of relief. With the Blue Rocks being short-handed in the pitching department (two relievers have moved into the starting rotation this week), tonight could have been a disaster for the pitching staff.
The Blue Rocks actually took a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first without recording an out. Nicky Lopez (2-for-5) and DJ Burt delivered back-to-back singles and Anderson Miller followed with a two-run slow rolling double down the right field line. Miller extended his on-base streak to 26 games and would hit a no doubt home run to right field in the fifth.
However, the Blue Rocks left the bases loaded in the first.
*In roster news, outfielder Elier Hernandez was promoted to Double-A NW Arkansas. The Blue Rocks added first baseman Chris DeVito from Low-A Lexington. DeVito made the start tonight, batting fourth. He laid off some tough pitches to walk in the first and collected a line drive single that almost took the pitcher’s head off in his second at-bat. Manager Jamie Quirk said after the game that DeVito can “dominate a fastball”. Wonder how many fastballs he will actually see?
Low-A Lexington lost to Greensboro, 5-4 in ten innings. A fielding error in the tenth led to the winning run scoring.
The Legends scored all four of their runs in the 6th inning. In that inning, they hit three home runs, including an inside-the-park homer from Gabriel Cancel. Emmanuel Rivera (2-for-3) hit a two-run homer and Meibrys Viloria (2-for-4) hit a solo shot.
Legends starter Travis Eckert took the no decision, as he allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out three.
*In roster news, Joe Dudek was added to the roster to replace DeVito. He started at first base, batted fourth, and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.