Triple-A Omaha lost their second straight in OKC, losing 10-3 Wednesday afternoon.
The Storm Chasers scored all three of their runs in the top of the ninth. Raul Mondesi (2-for-4) got the scoring started with a one out, solo home run (his sixth). With two outs, Ryan O’Hearn doubled in a run and Cam Gallagher (2-for-4) singled him in.
Storm Chasers starter Luke Farrell was the hard luck loser, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on three hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out five.
Double-A NW Arkansas held on to beat Tulsa, 9-6. The Naturals now have sole possession of first place in the Texas League North Division.
The Naturals scored eight runs in the top of the fourth. It was capped by a Corey Toups two out, three-run home run (2-for-4). Alfredo Escalera also had two hits in the win. Humberto Arteaga went 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.
Naturals starter Foster Griffin improved to 3-1 in Double-A, as he allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. With two outs in the sixth, Arteaga committed a fielding error that led to a three-run Drillers inning.
Jake Newberry earned his eighth save of the season, though he did allow two inherited runs to score in the bottom of the ninth.
*In roster news, the Naturals received pitcher Onelki Garcia from Omaha. Third baseman Mauricio Ramos was placed on the DL.
High-A Wilmington won their series finale in Lynchburg, 9-0. The Blue Rocks now return home for four games against first place Salem to finish the first half.
The Blue Rocks had two, four-run innings. The first came in the 3rd inning with two outs. Wander Franco (2-for-4) started the inning with a double and moved to third base on a wild pitch. However, after two strikeouts, Franco was still standing on third base. DJ Burt broke the scoreless tie with an RBI triple (3-for-5) and scored on an Anderson Miller double (4-for-4). Chris DeVito followed with a two-run home run (3-for-4, two doubles, four RBIs).
That was more than enough offense for Blue Rocks starter AJ Puckett, who allowed two hits and walked one over 6.1 innings. He struck out nine. A hit and a walk came in the Hillcats first inning.
Walker Sheller stranded an inherited runner in the 7th inning (1.2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K).
Low-A Lexington held on to beat Asheville, 7-6. The Legends led 6-0 after three innings.
Marten Gasparini (3-for-4) got the scoring started in the first with a two-run home run (his fifth of the season). Gasparini drove in four runs and fell a double short of a cycle. With one out in the 3rd inning, Manny Olloque hit a two-run homer (his fifth of the season). Olloque went 2-for-4, as did John Brontsema and Yeison Melo.
Leadoff hitter Rudy Martin went 2-for-5 with a triple, an RBI, and three runs scored. Oh and he stole two more bases to give him 12 on the season in just 15 games.
Geoffrey Bramblett earned the win in relief (his third of the season), despite allowing two inherited runs in the fifth and three of his own across 3.2 innings (5H, BB, 7K). Matthew Wynne earned his first save by stranding a runner across 1.1 scoreless innings.