Triple-A Omaha lost to New Orleans, 12-4.
The story of the game was Terrance Gore hitting his first professional home run, a whopping 401 feet (1641 at-bats in the minors). Gore’s homer was a two-run shot with two outs in the 2nd inning.
It was another rough start for Yender Caramo, who allowed eight runs on 12 hits and a walk over just 3.1 innings. On a positive note, Kevin McCarthy threw 2.2 scoreless innings of relief.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series opener to Arkansas, 10-1. The Naturals remain tied for first place.
The Naturals lone run came on an RBI double from Luis Villegas in the fifth.
Naturals starter Ashton Goudeau took the loss, as he allowed seven runs (four earned) on ten hits over five innings. He struck out three.
High-A Wilmington came back to beat Buies Creek, 8-7. The Blue Rocks are 4.5 games back of first place, as they finish up their series with the Astros on Sunday afternoon.
With two outs and a runner in scoring position in the bottom of the eighth, pinch-hitter Travis Maezes took the first pitch he saw into left field to give the Blue Rocks the lead. Maezes, who does not play every day, continues to come up with big hits off the bench.
“When you have a situation when you are thrown into the fire really quick,” manager Jamie Quirk said after the game when talking about Maezes, “I told him be ready if the situation arises, be ready to hit, and I think he just thinks see ball, hit ball, rather than trying to out-think four at-bats.”
Maezes had this to say about his game winner: “I was just looking for a pitch to get it done, it just happened to be the first one. It wasn’t pretty but it got the job done.”
Reliever Jacob Bodner retired the side in order in the ninth (two on strikeouts) to finish out the victory.
In desperate need of a long start, the Blue Rocks did not receive one from Cristian Castillo, who lasted just 3.1 innings. They did however receive a solid relief outing from Matt Tenuta, who stranded two runners in the fourth. He went on to pitch four innings, while allowing a run on five hits and two walks. Tenuta struck out five.
The Blue Rocks had an early 4-0 lead, as Chase Vallot hit his second grand slam of the season in the first. It went deep over the left field foul pole. Vallot would drive in another run with a double in the third. He fell a triple short of a cycle.
*Who knows who can relieve Blue Rocks starter Scott Blewett on Sunday? Quirk wasn’t sure either after the game.
**Outfielder Brandon Downes isn’t expected off the DL until after the All-Star break with a hip injury.
Low-A Lexington lost to Hickory, 6-5. Both teams hit grand slams.
The Legends took a 5-4 lead in the top of the seventh on an Emmanuel Rivera grand slam with two outs (he went 3-for-4).
However, the Crawdads came right back to tie the game in the bottom of the inning and take the lead in the eighth against Legends reliever Matthew Wynne (2IP, 5H, 2R, 0BB, 2K).
Gabriel Cancel also had three hits in the loss. Angelo Castellano went 2-for-4 with an RBI.