Triple-A Omaha lost their second straight to Nashville, losing 4-0 on Wednesday night.
The Storm Chasers were no-hit by four Sounds pitchers, starting with Chris Smith (6IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 4K). Sean Doolittle began his rehab assignment by striking out two in the seventh. Tucker Healy and Simon Castro each threw a hitless inning of relief.
It was the first time Omaha had been no-hit since 2008.
Christian Binford took the loss, as he allowed all four runs on seven hits (including two home runs) and three walks over 5.1 innings. Lefty Eric Stout stranded one runner over 2.2 scoreless innings of work. Seth Maness returned from the big leagues and threw a perfect inning of relief.
*In roster news, outfielder Billy Burns and reliever Kevin McCarthy were sent back from the big leagues (KMac had been lights out during his brief time in the Majors). Lefty reliever Scott Alexander was activated from the DL and sent to the Royals and infielder Ramon Torres was called up to the big leagues for the first time (he was in the starting lineup tonight).
Double-A NW Arkansas split their doubleheader with first place Springfield.
The Naturals lost Game 1, 5-2. The Cardinals scored four runs in the top of the first on three hits (including a two out, two-run home run), a walk, and a sac fly.
From there, starter Emilio Ogando allowed an unearned run on five more hits (6IP, 8H, 5R, 4ER, BB, 3K).
The Naturals collected six singles, two from catcher Luis Villegas. Mauricio Ramos drove in both runs with a two out single in the fifth.
The Naturals walked off in the second game, winning 5-4. With two outs and a runner on base Donnie Dewees (2-for-4) singled to put the tying run on third base. Humberto Arteaga (2-for-4) followed with a game-tying single. After Logan Moon walked to load the bases, Alfredo Escalera (2-for-4) followed with the game winning hit, a single on the infield.
Prior to the bottom of the seventh, the Naturals scored three runs in the 3rd inning on a Nick Dini solo home run (he went 3-for-3) and a Samir Duenez two-run homer (he went 2-for-4).
Lefty Tim Hill earned the win in relief, as he allowed a hit and walked two over 2.1 innings. He struck out five. Hill did walk in a run in the fifth (he inherited the bases loaded).
*In roster news, outfielder Elier Hernandez was placed on the DL. Fellow outfielder Jose Sanchez was added from extended spring training to take his place.
High-A Wilmington enjoyed the day off (though they did return from their road trip in the wee hours of the morning). The Blue Rocks will begin a short four-game homestand Thursday night against Buies Creek.
Low-A Lexington lost their second straight in Columbia, losing Wednesday, 5-1.
The Legends lone run came in the top of the ninth on a Gabriel Cancel solo home run (he went 2-for-4). They had seven total hits, including two each from Angelo Castellano and Manny Olloque.
Legends starter Garrett Davila took the loss, as he allowed five runs on ten hits and a walk over five innings. Anthony Bender threw three scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two hits while striking out one.