Triple-A Omaha lost their opener to Colorado Springs, 8-4 in 12 innings. The Sky Sox scored five runs in the top of the twelfth.
It got so bad in the 12th inning that Brayan Pena was once again called on to pitch. He allowed a hit, but induced a ground out to mercifully end the inning.
The Storm Chasers hit three solo home runs. Logan Moon (2-for-4) hit one in the third that gave them the lead. Frank Schwindel added one in the seventh with two outs that gave them a 2-1 lead. Cam Gallagher hit one in the bottom of the 12th (2-for-5).
Dean Anna went 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored.
Starter Jake Junis took the no decision, as he pitched six scoreless innings. He allowed four hits and walked one, while striking out six.
*In roster news, infielder Jack Lopez made his Triple-A debut, playing shortstop and batting ninth. He went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts and he committed an error that cost Omaha some runs in the 12th. Lopez also stole a base.
**Cheslor Cuthbert began his rehab assignment as the third baseman. He went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their second straight game in Springfield, this time by a 4-1 score.
The Naturals collected just six hits, five of which were singles and went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Foster Griffin took the loss, as he allowed three runs on eight hits and three walks over five innings. He struck out two. Richard Lovelady allowed his first run in Double-A, a run on three hits over two innings of relief.
*In roster news, infielder Carlos Diaz is back with the Naturals. He started at third base and batted ninth. Diaz went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.
High-A Wilmington won their second straight over visiting Potomac, winning 6-4.
The Blue Rocks scored four in the bottom of the first on five hits and a costly P-Nats error. When the P-Nats scored two runs in the top of the fifth, the Blue Rocks came right back with two runs of their own.
That was enough for starter Andres Machado, who got back on track with 6.2 innings. He was helped out by some really good defense and he also picked off a base runner. Machado allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out seven. He threw 60 of his 92 pitches for strikes and threw 20 first pitch strikes.
It was all about fastball command for Machado. “He has a good one and it keeps him aggressive,” manager Jamie Quirk said after the game. “We talked about it with [catcher] Nate Esposito and said hey, attack. When you attack, you want to use your fastball. He is much better when he does that. That was our plan, to get the fastball going, pound it, make your pitches, and keep staying after it.”
Matt Tenuta earned his third save by striking out five over 2.1 perfect innings.
Nate Esposito went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Brandon Downes, Wander Franco, and Chase Vallot each had two hits in the win. Franco hit a solo home run in the fifth.
*In roster news, Jonathan McCray is back with the Blue Rocks.
Low-A Lexington lost their finale to Hagerstown, 8-6. The Legends will enjoy Tuesday off before welcoming Columbia to town for three games.
The ball was flying out in Lexington, as the two teams combined for seven home runs. The Legends hit four of them, including a two-run shot from Meibrys Viloria (he went 2-for-5). Joe Dudek and Manny Olloque also had two hits in the loss.
Garrett Davila took the loss, as he allowed seven runs on eight hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out five. Arnaldo Hernandez followed and allowed a run on two hits (one was a solo homer) while striking out four over 4.1 innings.
*Reliever Justin Camp was named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week.