Triple-A Omaha began their series in El Paso with a 7-6 victory.
Storm Chasers starter Eric Skoglund pitched into the 8th inning, but was pulled after allowing a two-run home run two batters into the inning. In came Kyle Zimmer, who retired the final six batters of the game.
Ryan O’Hearn went 3-for-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. Frank Schwindel went 2-for-5 with a three-run home run. Jorge Soler and Dean Anna also had two hits in the win.
Cheslor Cuthbert played all nine innings for the second straight game. He went 1-for-4 with a walk and a strikeout.
*In roster news, Yender Caramo was placed on the DL. Pedro Fernandez was promoted from Double-A.
Double-A NW Arkansas ended their six-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Tulsa.
Down 1-0, the Naturals scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth. Donnie Dewees tied the game with a solo home run. With two outs, Nicky Lopez singled to drive in the go ahead run.
That was enough for Naturals starter Corey Ray, who picked up the win. He allowed a run on six hits (a solo homer) and a walk over six innings. He struck out four. Richard Lovelady followed with two scoreless innings before Jake Newberry earned his 15th save with a perfect ninth.
Paulo Orlando began his rehab assignment and went 2-for-4.
*In roster news, right-hander Andres Machado was promoted from High-A. He started on Monday night in Wilmington, so it will be interesting to see if he starts or moves back to the bullpen (the earliest he could pitch would be Saturday).
High-A Wilmington lost their second straight in Frederick, this time by a 5-3 score. Losing their third game in a row pushed them to four games back in the Carolina League Northern Division, as both Salem and Lynchburg have won three games in a row.
The offense was led by Wander Franco, who gave them a 1-0 lead in the first with a solo home run. He went 2-for-3 with three runs scored.
However, the Keys came right back in the bottom of the second with a grand slam. Blue Rocks starter Cristian Castillo took the loss, as he allowed all five runs on five hits and two walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out five.
Reliever Grant Gavin stranded two runners in the sixth, as he walked one over 2.1 scoreless innings.
*In roster news, the Blue Rocks received starter Jace Vines from Low-A. He started on Wednesday afternoon for the Legends, so he will not be available to pitch until Monday.
Low-A Lexington won their series finale against Columbia, 2-1. The Legends begin a four-game series in West Virginia on Saturday.
In his second start of the season, Anthony Bender turned in a beauty. He left after six no-hit innings. Bender did walk two, but struck out seven. Unfortunately, the first batter faced by Legends reliever Kevin Lenik hit a solo home run to end the no-hitter.
The Legends scored both of their runs in the bottom of the third on a Khalil Lee ground out and a two out RBI single from Angelo Castellano (2-for-4). Emmanuel Rivera also went 2-for-4 in the win.