Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener in OKC, 7-2.
The Storm Chasers hit two solo home runs: one by Ryan O’Hearn in the second and one by Jorge Soler in the fourth. Soler was ejected in the 9th inning when he was called out on strikes for the second out.
Christian Binford took the loss, as he allowed six runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings. He allowed three home runs. Kyle Zimmer returned from the DL and pitched two perfect innings of relief.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series finale to Arkansas, 11-4. The Naturals are now just 1/2 game up on both Springfield and Tulsa, as they now head to Tulsa for five games in four days.
The loss came after the Naturals took a 2-0 lead in the second. Logan Moon, Humberto Arteaga, and Carlos Diaz all had two hits in the loss. Diaz drove in two runs (he has just three RBIs), while Arteaga scored two runs. Moon was taken out in the seventh.
Naturals starter Corey Ray was hurt by two errors, as he allowed five runs, just one earned, on five hits and two walks over just 2.2 innings. That came after a complete game shutout in his last start.
After a wild pitch in the 5th inning, reliever Andrew Edwards was ejected (2IP, 8H, 6R, BB, K). That forced in lefty Tim Hill, who pitched 3.1 scoreless innings (H, 0R, 0BB, 5K).
It got so bad that catcher Luis Villegas had to pitch the ninth (a perfect inning).
High-A Wilmington split their doubleheader in Lynchburg. The Blue Rocks were eliminated from the first half title.
The Hillcats won the first game, 5-2.
Colin Rodgers took the complete game loss, as he allowed all five runs on five hits and four walks. He struck out four, but allowed a two-run home run in the sixth.
Kort Peterson went 2-for-3 with a triple in the loss.
The Blue Rocks won the second game, 2-1. All of the runs were scored in the first.
Roman Collins, who homered in the 7th inning of Game 1, doubled in both runs in the top of the first with two outs.
Yunior Marte got the start and allowed a run on five hits over 3.2 innings. He struck out two. Richard Lovelady earned his first win of the season, as he struck out five over 3.1 innings.
Low-A Lexington lost in ten innings to Asheville in their series opener, 5-4.
After the Tourists scored two runs in the top of the tenth, the Legends scored one in the bottom of the inning on back-to-back doubles from Manny Olloque and Marten Gasparini to start the inning. Rudy Martin followed with a single to put runners on the corners and he then stole second base. However, the Legends could not come up with a ball hit out of the infield (two strikeouts and an infield pop up).
The Legends collected seven hits, with six coming from the bottom three in the order (Olloque, Gasparini, and Martin).
Jose Veras took the loss in relief, as he allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over three innings. He struck out three. Travis Eckert was solid in the start, as he allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out three.