Triple-A Omaha won their series finale against Fresno, 9-1. After an off day on Wednesday, the Storm Chasers welcome Sacramento to town for four games.
The Storm Chasers led 8-0 after two innings. Corey Toups hit a grand slam in the first with two outs. Frank Schwindel extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a first inning single. He went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer (his 12th of the season).
Every starter had at least one hit. Logan Moon went 2-for-3 with a solo home run and two runs scored. He also had an outfield assist. Cheslor Cuthbert started back up his rehab assignment and went 1-for-5 with a solo home run.
Starter Jake Junis earned the victory, as he allowed a run on three hits and two walks over six innings. He struck out five. Pedro Fernandez earned his first Triple-A save. He allowed two hits and struck out two over the final three innings.
Double-A NW Arkansas beat Arkansas, 9-8. The Naturals scored eight runs in the sixth to take the lead and held on.
The Naturals collected 12 hits and went 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Catcher Nick Dini went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored, and two RBIs. Samir Duenez, Alfredo Escalera, and Humberto Arteaga each had two hits in the win. Duenez and Arty each drove in a run, while Escalera scored two runs.
Naturals starter Foster Griffin earned the victory, as he allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over 6.2 innings. He struck out five.
*Apparently the KC Royals resigned reliever Mark Peterson, after he was released by Philadelphia earlier this month. He pitched tonight, throwing a perfect ninth to earn the save.
High-A Wilmington lost their second straight to Buies Creek, this time by a 6-1 score. The loss dropped the Blue Rocks to five games back in the Carolina League Northern Division (and two games back of third place).
The Blue Rocks collected just five hits, including two triples. Wander Franco drove in the team’s only run with a triple to tie the game in the second.
The Astros blew the game open with four runs in the fifth on four hits, a sac fly, and an error.
Cristian Castillo took the loss, as he allowed six runs (five earned) on eight hits and two walks over five innings. He struck out six. Franco Terrero followed with four scoreless innings of relief. He hit a batter and struck out two a night after he was too sick to pitch.
Low-A Lexington won their third straight against West Virginia, this time by a 4-2 score. They moved back into third place in the South Atlantic League Southern Division (6.5 games back).
The Legends took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first on a Yeison Melo two out home run (he went 2-for-3 with two runs scored). They retook the lead in the fourth on a Meibrys Viloria two out, two-run home run.
Legends starter Anthony Bender improved to 4-3 on the season, as he allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out seven. Justin Camp earned his second save. He walked a batter, hit a batter, and struck out two over the final three innings.