Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener in Iowa, 8-1. They lost to former KC Royal Aaron Brooks, who allowed the run on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out six.
The lone Storm Chasers run came on a Bubba Starling home run. Jorge Soler went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.
It was another rough start for Josh Staumont, who allowed all eight runs on eight hits and three walks over just four innings. He struck out six.
Then the Omaha bullpen was lights out, starting with Kyle Zimmer, who walked one in two innings of work. Kevin McCarthy threw a scoreless inning, throwing just ten pitches, before Al Alburquerque needed just six pitches to record three outs.
Double-A NW Arkansas clinched the first half Texas League North Division title with a 4-1 victory over Tulsa.
The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth Alfredo Escalera led off with a single and scored on Humberto Arteaga‘s triple. Arty would score on a sac fly. Samir Duenez added some insurance with a two-run home run in the seventh.
Emilio Ogando evened his record at 4-4, as he allowed just one run on six hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out four. Andrew Edwards earned his first save with two perfect innings of relief.
High-A Wilmington had their game versus Salem rained out. The two teams will play a doubleheader to end the first half on Sunday. The Red Sox are just a 1/2 game up on second place Lynchburg with Sunday’s finale. The Hillcats own the tiebreaker.
They did have a bit of a reunion, as three former Blue Rocks were in attendance: Ramy Brooks, Phil Grundy, and Mike Evans. It was so cool getting to see these guys again after about 20 years (and then to have them remember me!).
Low-A Lexington lost to Hagerstown, 6-5.
The Legends collected nine hits, with two-hit games from Emmanuel Rivera, Gabriel Cancel, John Brontsema, and Joe Dudek. Rivera hit a two-run homer in the 3rd inning with two outs (his seventh of the season). Cancel scored two runs. Dudek doubled twice and drove in two runs.
Garrett Davila took the loss, as he allowed five runs on six hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out two and hit a batter.