Triple-A Omaha lost their series opener to Colorado Springs, 5-2. It is their sixth straight loss (all against the Sky Sox). It came after about a two hour rain delay to start.
Yender Caramo got the start and took the loss, as he allowed five runs (two earned) on four hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out three. Brian Flynn followed with three scoreless innings. He allowed two hits and struck out three. Kyle Zimmer pitched a scoreless inning (0H, BB, 2K).
The Storm Chasers collected five hits, two from Frank Schwindel. Ryan O’Hearn hit a solo home run, his 11th of the season).
*In roster news, Omaha lost starters Eric Skoglund and Luke Farrell to the big leagues. Farrell will make his big league debut in the KC Royals doubleheader on Saturday. In return, the Storm Chasers received starter Jake Junis from the big leagues and Onelki Garcia from Double-A. Lefty starter Jonathan Dziedzic was placed on the DL. WHEW!
Double-A NW Arkansas walked off against Corpus Christi, 8-7. Donnie Dewees led off the bottom of the ninth with a triple and scored on a one out sac fly (he went 4-for-5, falling a home run short of a cycle).
There was about a two hour rain delay in the 2nd inning.
Down 2-0 after the top of the first, the Naturals sent nine men to the plate against Hooks starter (and big league rehabber) Collin McHugh. They scored four runs on six hits and a walk. The Naturals fought back to tie the game at 7-7 in the sixth, with two runs scoring on a Dewees double (though the final out was recorded at the plate).
Corey Ray got the start and allowed two runs on five hits over the first two innings. Zach Lovvorn was on the mound for the third. Lovvorn allowed four runs (three earned) on four hits and three walks over 2.2 innings.
Yunior Marte made his Double-A debut, allowing an inherited run in the fifth. Overall, he allowed a run on three hits and two walks over 2.1 innings. Marte struck out three. Richard Lovelady also made his Double-A debut, striking out the side around a single in the 8th inning. He was credited with the victory, pitching two scoreless innings (2H, 0BB, 4K).
Nicky Lopez went 4-for-5 with two doubles. Jack Lopez and Samir Duenez each had two hits and two runs scored in the win. Lopez stole his 14th base of the season and Duenez drove in two runs.
*Remember I said it would be interesting to see which All-Star shortstop would man the position when the Naturals restarted the second half? Well it looks like Humberto Arteaga is deferring to Nicky Lopez (Arteaga started at second base).
High-A Wilmington lost their series opener to Salem, 3-1. The Blue Rocks collected just six hits, three by Wander Franco.
The Blue Rocks had their chances in the eighth and ninth innings, but five strikeouts and a foul pop out ended their shot at a tie game. They had two on and nobody out in the 8th inning and second and third with a run in and one out in the 9th inning.
Starter AJ Puckett took the loss, as he allowed three runs on ten hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out six. Reliever Walker Sheller allowed two hits and walked one over three scoreless innings. He struck out six.
*In roster news, outfielder Cody Jones was promoted to Double-A (he was hitting just .236 in 52 games). The Blue Rocks received Nick Heath, who was rehabbing in Arizona after playing in just two games this season with Low-A Lexington. Heath debuted Friday night as the Blue Rocks centerfielder and leadoff hitter. He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Low-A Lexington won their series opener in Greenville, 17-7. The Legends scored eight runs in the third.
The Legends collected 20 hits and five walks, going 11-for-21 with runners in scoring position. Angelo Castellano and Yeison Melo each had four hits. Castellano scored three runs, while Melo drove in two runs. Khalil Lee fell a home run short of a cycle and drove in three runs. Gabriel Cancel also had three hits and three RBIs.
Vance Tatum earned the win in relief, despite allowing two inherited runners to score in the fifth. He also allowed a run of his own over 2.2 innings. Kevin Lenik made his Legends debut, allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks over two innings.
It got so bad for the Drive that they went to first baseman Tucker Tubbs in the 6th inning with the bases loaded. He did allow an inherited run to score, but threw 3.2 scoreless innings (two hits and a strikeout).
*In roster news, catcher Mark Sanchez (who had not played since June 24th), was suspended 80-games for testing positive for a PED. He was a 35th round draft pick last June and was hitting just .206 in 11 games with the Legends. Sanchez will not be back until sometime next season.
**Nolan Watson made another rehab appearance for the AZL Royals. He recorded just two outs in the 2nd inning, but allowed five runs on five hits and a walk. The Royals won 20-5.