Triple-A Omaha enjoyed Monday off before beginning an eight-game road trip that begins Tuesday night in OKC.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost to Arkansas, 8-1. Despite the loss, the Naturals still hold a one-game lead over Springfield, who lost earlier today, and now Tulsa.
The Naturals were held to five hits (all singles) and an unearned run. Four of those hits came against former big league reliever Justin DeFratus (6IP, 4H, R, BB, 3K).
Emilio Ogando took the loss, as he allowed seven runs on eight hits and three walks over four-plus innings. He left with the bases loaded in the 5th inning in favor of Pedro Fernandez, who allowed two of those runs to score (3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K).
*In roster news, catcher Parker Morin re-joined the Naturals. He started and batted eighth, going 1-for-3.
**Outfielder Donnie Dewees was named Texas League Hitter of the Week. He went 9-for-23 (.391) with two home runs, six RBIs, and seven runs scored last week.
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener in Lynchburg, 8-1. The Blue Rocks are now just one game from being eliminated for the first half title.
The Blue Rocks were held to just two hits, both of which came in the 4th inning. Nicky Lopez led off the fourth with a double, moved to third base on a ground out and scored on an Anderson Miller single.
Meanwhile, the second place Hillcats collected 14 hits, 13 coming off Blue Rocks starter Andres Machado. Machado allowed all eight runs (seven earned) on 13 hits over six innings. He struck out two.
On a positive note, reliever Justin Camp allowed just one hit over two scoreless innings while striking out three.
*The Carolina League announced its roster for next Tuesday’s All-Star Game in Salem. Six Blue Rocks were named to the Northern Division squad.
Low-A Lexington split their series in Hickory, winning the finale, 11-6. The Legends now return home for the final six games of the first half.
The Legends used home runs to power them over the first two innings. Emmanuel Rivera (4-for-5) hit a two-run shot in the first. He would add an RBI single in the second and an RBI single in the third. Khalil Lee (3-for-6) hit a two-run homer in the second. He would add a two-run single in the third.
That was more than enough offense for Legends starter Garrett Davila, who improved to 5-2 on the season. He allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out six. Grant Gavin continued his dominance over South Atlantic League hitters, as he struck out four over the final two innings.
Angelo Castellano and Marten Gasparini each had two hits in the win. Castellano scored two runs and stole his ninth base. Gasparini drove in two runs and scored two runs.