Triple-A Omaha won their series opener over New Orleans, 7-1.
The Storm Chasers hit three home runs in the 3rd inning, something that had never been done at Werner Park (their home ballpark). Ruben Sosa started the inning with a solo shot. Two batters later, Jorge Soler hit a solo homer. Bubba Starling added a two-run shot with one out. That extended the Omaha lead to 6-1.
Friday night saw the return of lefty Jonathan Dziedzic from the DL (he has been out since April 27th). He allowed a run on five hits and two walks over 3.1 innings. He struck out four. The lone Baby Cakes run came on a solo homer in the second. Mark Peterson earned the win in relief, as he stranded two runners in the fourth. He allowed just two hits and struck out five over 3.2 scoreless innings.
Raul Mondesi and Garin Cecchini each had two hits in the win. Mondesi stole his 14th base and drove in a run, while Cecchini doubled in a run.
*In roster news, Hunter Dozier headed back to the DL.
Double-A NW Arkansas won their finale against Springfield, 5-1 to move into a first place tie with the Cardinals in the Texas League North Division.
Foster Griffin won his second Double-A game, as he allowed just an unearned run on three hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out six and picked off a base runner. The lone Cardinal run scored in the seventh after a two out error by Ramos at third base.
The Naturals collected ten hits (nine singles), two each from Mauricio Ramos, Humberto Arteaga, Logan Moon, and Nick Dini. Ramos doubled and drove in two runs. Naturals leadoff hitter Jack Lopez walked twice and stole his ninth base of the season.
High-A Wilmington lost to Buies Creek, 7-4. One night after playing 15 innings (and a little over five hours), the two teams needed three hours and thirty-four minutes to complete nine innings.
On a night the Blue Rocks desperately needed a lengthy start, they got just four innings (and one batter into the fifth) from AJ Puckett: 4IP, 11H, 5R, BB, 2HBP, 5K, HR. The loss evened his record at 5-5 and saw his ERA rise to 4.24.
It got so bad for the thin Blue Rocks pitching staff that infielder Jecksson Flores had to move from second base to the mound in the top of the ninth. After allowing a single to load the bases, Flores got a strikeout and a fly out to end the inning.
One bright note was the High-A debut for reliever Walker Sheller, who allowed two hits and walked two over three scoreless innings of relief. He struck out four.
*Manager Jamie Quirk was ejected in the 6th inning after Chase Vallot‘s hit to left-center was ruled a ground-rule double instead of a home run.
**Less than a week after coming off the DL, outfielder Brandon Downes went back on the DL. Kort Peterson, who was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team earlier in the week, was promoted from Low-A Lexington. He debuted Friday night in right field. Batting seventh, Peterson went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.
Low-A Lexington won their series opener in Hickory, 4-3. The Legends scored three runs in the top of the ninth.
Three straight hits started the 9th inning for the Legends, with Angelo Castellano driving in the inning’s first run (he went 4-for-5). A sac fly by Gabriel Cancel tied the game, with Emmanuel Rivera‘s fielder’s choice driving in the go ahead run.
Grant Gavin picked up his fifth save after stranding a two out double in the bottom of the ninth. Jose Veras earned his first win of the season after throwing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief (2H, 0BB, 2K).
Legends leadoff hitter Khalil Lee hit his ninth home run of the season, a solo shot, in the 3rd inning with two outs.
*In roster news, outfielder Yeison Melo joined the Legends from extended spring training. Expect them to add a pitcher in the coming days.