Triple-A Omaha was losing to Las Vegas, 1-0 when I went to bed (I just couldn’t do another 12:30-1am night).
Storm Chasers starter Jake Junis made one mistake over the first six innings, as he allowed a solo home run in the second. Over six innings, Junis allowed six hits and walked two while striking out nine.
Through seven innings, the Storm Chasers had just two hits: a Garin Cecchini one out single in the third (though he was doubled up on a liner) and a Ryan O’Hearn double to start the fifth. In the 5th inning, Omaha had the bases loaded after the O’Hearn double and two walks, but Terrance Gore struck out to end the inning.
*No Paulo Orlando on Saturday night, as he fouled a ball off his shin on Friday.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost to Tulsa, 9-4.
Naturals starter Corey Ray was the hard luck loser, as he allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over 5.2 innings. He struck out five. Ray allowed two doubles and a two out, two-run home run in the fifth.
The Naturals collected nine hits, but six of them came from two players. The 6-7 hitters, Humberto Arteaga and Logan Moon, each had three hits. Arteaga is in the midst of a five-game hitting streak, going 11-for-19 in that stretch.
Mauricio Ramos hit a two out, two-run homer in the 8th inning. It was his fourth of the season (he had struck out in his first three at-bats of the game).
*In roster news, infielder Jack Lopez was “sent” to rookie ball, while infielder Carlos Diaz rejoined the team. Diaz entered on defense at third base in the eighth and struck out in his only at-bat.
High-A Wilmington was rained out against Frederick. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Sunday afternoon (the series finale).
Low-A Lexington won their series opener in Augusta, 3-2. The Legends led 2-1 until the GreenJackets tied the game in the bottom of the eighth.
The Legends came right back with a run in the top of the ninth on a Marten Gasparini double. Meibrys Viloria scored the go ahead run, as he led off the inning with a double (2-for-4).
Grant Gavin earned his second save, though he got himself into a jam in the bottom of the ninth by walking the first two batters. A sac bunt put the tying and winning runs in scoring position. However, Gavin got a line out on the infield and struck out the final batter of the game.
*In roster news, the Legends added pitchers Anthony Bender and Matthew Wynne to their roster, while “sending” starters Nolan Watson and Gerson Garabito to rookie ball. Wynne made his season debut on Saturday night, earning the victory. However, he did allow the tying run in the 8th inning (1IP, 2H, R, 0BB, 0K).