Triple-A Omaha won their series opener in Memphis, 2-1. Home runs were the name of the game.
Storm Chasers starter and winning pitcher Jake Junis allowed a solo home run over six innings of work. That homer came with two outs in the first. He allowed three hits while striking out nine.
The Storm Chasers hit two solo homers, both with two outs: Garin Cecchini hit one in the second and Raul Mondesi hit one in the third.
*Catcher Cam Gallagher injured his hamstring in Monday’s day game, which is why fellow catcher Parker Morin was brought back from his one-day stint with Double-A NW Arkansas. Why was Morin sent to NWA? Because Zane Evans has decided to move from behind the plate to the mound (something he did during his college days at Georgia Tech).
Double-A NW Arkansas won their series in Frisco by winning the finale, 6-5. The Naturals scored five runs in the top of the sixth for the comeback victory.
In the 6th inning, Donnie Dewees capped the scoring with a grand slam. He fell a triple short of a cycle. He joined Humberto Arteaga (2-for-4) and Luis Villegas (2-for-4) as the bottom three in the order, going a combined 7-for-12 with four runs scored and four RBIs.
Elier Hernandez and Corey Toups each had two hits in the win. Hernandez drove in two runs, while Toups hit two doubles.
Zach Lovvorn improved to 3-3 on the season, as he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out six. Lefty Sam Selman picked up his fourth save, throwing two scoreless innings. He allowed a hit and struck out one.
High-A Wilmington won in Winston-Salem, 9-6. The Blue Rocks collected 14 hits and worked five walks, but went just 4-for-17 with runners in scoring position.
The Blue Rocks got the scoring started two batters into the game as leadoff hitter Nicky Lopez (3-for-5) singled to start the game and scored on the first of two triples hit by DJ Burt. Burt would score on an Anderson Miller single (2-for-4). Miller also stole two bases to give him 13 on the season.
Blue Rocks starter Scott Blewett could not find a groove, as he allowed five runs on six hits and three walks over 4.2 innings. He allowed two home runs and threw just 45 of his 82 pitches for strikes. Reliever Jacob Bodner earned his first win of the season, striking out three and walking one over 2.1 hitless innings of relief.
*Catcher Chase Vallot was hit by a pitch in the fifth and was pinch run for. Hopefully he is okay because the Royals farm system is running out of catchers.
Low-A Lexington lost their series opener to Augusta, 4-0.
The Legends collected just four hits. Emmanuel Rivera had two of them.
Geoffrey Bramblett was the hard luck loser, as he allowed a solo homer over five innings. He allowed six hits and two walks while striking out two. It was a rough season debut for Arnaldo Hernandez, who was recently activated following a 50-game PED suspension. He allowed three runs on five hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out three.