Triple-A Omaha won at Iowa, 5-1.
After not hitting a home run with a runner on base at the Triple-A level (or in the big leagues) until last night’s grand slam, Raul Mondesi hit another grand slam on Saturday night. It came with one out in the top of the sixth. Ryan O’Hearn hit a solo home run in the ninth.
Lefty Brian Flynn was credited with the win in relief, as he allowed two hits over three scoreless innings. He did allow an inherited run to score in the 5th inning. That was charged to Storm Chasers starter Eric Skoglund (4.2IP, 2H, R, 5BB, 5K). Malcom Culver earned his ninth save by inducing a game ending double play.
The Storm Chasers beat former KC Royal Aaron Brooks, who allowed four runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out nine.
*Forgot to mention this last night, but reliever Seth Maness cleared waivers and was sent to Omaha.
Double-A NW Arkansas won their series opener in San Antonio, 5-3.
With two outs in the top of the eighth against former Royal Aroni Nina, Alfredo Escalera hit a three-run home run to give the Naturals the lead.
Anderson Miller went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Every Natural collected a hit except Samir Duenez (0-for-5).
Andrew Edwards was credited with the win in relief, though he allowed a run on one hit and a walk over three innings. He struck out two. Jake Newberry earned his 13th save, as he induced a game ending double play.
Ashton Goudeau struggled in the start, facing four batters into the 2nd inning. Pedro Fernandez entered with the bases loaded and stranded two runners (4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K).
High-A Wilmington lost in Potomac, 4-1.
The Blue Rocks collected just two hits and a walk. Jecksson Flores walked in the sixth (he singled in the third) and scored on DJ Burt‘s RBI double.
Blue Rocks starter Jared Ruxar took the loss, as he allowed three runs on seven hits and three walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out five.
*All is fine with third baseman Wander Franco, as he was back in the lineup a day after being pulled after being hit by a pitch.
Low-A Lexington lost to Greenville, 6-0.
The Legends collected just three hits, including two by Meibrys Viloria.
Travis Eckert took the loss, as he allowed two runs on four hits and two walks over two innings. Arnaldo Hernandez followed by allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out five.
*In roster news, shortstop Ricky Aracena was back after starting the season with the Legends and then going to Idaho Falls when the Chukars season started.