The KC Royals called up outfielder Terrance Gore to give them three bench players. Gore has an oblique injury (he had not played in two weeks), but he can still pinch run.
The Royals also traded starter Luke Farrell to the LA Dodgers for cash. Farrell was designated for assignment on Monday.
Triple-A Omaha won in Albuquerque, 5-4.
Ryan O’Hearn hit a solo home run in the top of the eighth and it proved beneficial, as Eric Stout allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth and stranded the tying run on second base.
The Storm Chasers collected just seven hits, including two by Garin Cecchini. Frank Schwindel extended his hitting streak to 14 games with a 5th inning double.
Starter Christian Binford earned the victory, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five. Seth Maness followed with two scoreless innings of relief.
*In roster news, Miguel Almonte was placed on the DL.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost again to Springfield, this time by a 7-4 score. The Naturals have now lost five in a row.
It was a rough inning-plus for Naturals reliever Richard Lovelady. After allowing a run on three hits to tie the game in the top of the eighth, he walked the first three batters he faced in the ninth. In came Jake Newberry, who allowed a sac fly to give the Cardinals the lead. Newberry had an errant pickoff throw to allow another run, before allowing a two out RBI single.
Naturals starter Josh Staumont only allowed a run on three hits over five innings. However, he walked five and struck out just two. Staumont also hit a batter.
The Naturals collected ten hits and worked three walks, but went 4-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Mauricio Ramos went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Alfredo Escalera had two hits in the loss. He doubled, drove in a run, and scored a run.
High-A Wilmington was rained out in Carolina. The two teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday.
*With back spasms for Chase Vallot, the Blue Rocks received catcher Nick Hutchins from rookie level Burlington.
Low-A Lexington lost their second straight to Kannapolis, this time by a 7-0 score. It is their sixth straight loss.
The Legends collected just four hits, all singles.
Nolan Watson returned from his rehab assignment and took the loss, as he allowed four runs on five hits and three walks over just 2.1 innings. He struck out two. Jose Veras followed and stranded two runners. However, he allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and a walk over 2.2 innings.
Back from his one-day stint in Triple-A, Justin Camp threw three scoreless innings. He allowed five hits and walked one, while striking out five.