Triple-A Omaha lost their series finale to Colorado Springs, 5-4. The Storm Chasers now head out on the road for six games, beginning in New Orleans Tuesday night.
Lefty Eric Skoglund, just sent back from the big leagues, made the start. He allowed a run on five hits over five innings. He struck out eight. Trying to get Josh Staumont back on track, he has moved to the bullpen. He walked three in his first inning of work (22 pitches, just nine for strikes). Staumont pitched better in the seventh, but then walked the first two batters he faced in the eighth and then allowed a two-run double.
Malcom Culver entered in the 8th inning with a runner on second and allowed it to score on a sac fly that tied the game at 4-4. The Sky Sox took the lead in the top of the ninth on a bases loaded sac fly.
The Storm Chasers collected ten hits, but went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position (ten strikeouts). Bubba Starling, Garin Cecchini, and Terrance Gore each had two hits in the loss.
*In roster news, reliever Al Alburquerque was called up for the second time this season. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, lefty Matt Strahm was placed on the 60-day DL.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their second straight to San Antonio, this time by a 5-3 score.
The Naturals had a 3-0 lead after two innings, with Logan Moon (2-for-4) hitting a two-run home run in the 2nd inning. However, of the Naturals 12 hits, the Moon homer was the only hit that went for extra bases.
Ashton Goudeau took the loss, as he allowed four runs on eight hits over 4.2 innings. He struck out three.
*Former KC Royal Aroni Nina pitched the bottom of the ninth for San Antonio. He induced a game-ending double play to earn his second save.
High-A Wilmington lost their series finale to Salem, 3-2 in 12 innings. The Blue Rocks now head out on the road for seven games, beginning at first place Lynchburg on Tuesday night.
The Blue Rocks had the winning run in scoring position in the tenth, 11th, and the bases loaded in the 12th. They collected 11 hits and seven walks, but went 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position.
The Blue Rocks had a 2-1 lead courtesy of a Roman Collins two out single in the 2nd inning and a Chris DeVito two out double in the fifth (DeVito went 2-for-6).
However, the combination of Jacob Bodner and Luis Rico allowed a run on a walk and a hit in the 8th inning to tie the game. Matt Tenuta took the loss, as he allowed a run on three hits and a walk over two innings. He struck out four.
Starter Jared Ruxer took the no decision after allowing a run on four hits and two walks over seven innings.
Low-A Lexington won their series finale in Greenville, 6-4 in ten innings. The Legends now return home for a seven-game homestand beginning Tuesday night with West Virginia.
In the top of the 10th inning, the Legends had two on and two outs for Emmanuel Rivera, who tripled in the go ahead runs.
Jose Veras picked up the victory, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk over 4.1 innings. He struck out four.
Every Legend collected at least one hit (they had 12 of them), but also struck out 12 times. Gabriel Cancel, Manny Olloque, and Marten Gasparini each had two hits. Cancel stole two bases, while Olloque and Gasparini each drove in a run.
*In roster news, pitcher Cody Nesbit was added from rookie level Idaho Falls. He made his Legends debut, pitching the bottom of the tenth. Nesbit struck out the first two batters he faced, but after a walk, was pulled due to an injured right arm (via milb.com). Kevin Lenik struck out the only batter he faced to close out the game for his first save.
**I apologize for not getting the Week 13 recap and awards post finished today. I honestly forgot today was Monday and had unexpected stuff to do.