Triple-A Omaha lost to Sacramento, 5-4. The River Cats broke the tie with a run in the top of the eighth on a solo home run off Storm Chasers reliever Kevin Lenik (2IP, H, R, BB, 2K).
Storm Chasers starter Eric Skoglund took the no decision, as he allowed four runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk over six innings. He struck out seven. A Brayan Pena throwing error in the 2nd inning on a leadoff strikeout led to three runs.
Cheslor Cuthbert played all nine innings at first base, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. He was pinch-run for in the bottom of the ninth by Terrance Gore, who stole a base.
*With the possibility of Salvador Perez heading to the big league DL, Cam Gallagher is in waiting with the KC Royals. That mean, Luis Villegas got the call from Low-A Lexington to join Omaha.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost in walk off fashion, 8-7 in 12 innings.
Reliever Mark Peterson took the loss, as he allowed a leadoff home run in the bottom of the 12th (1.2IP, H, R, 0BB, K).
The Naturals offense collected 18 hits, but went just 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Samir Duenez had three hits, including two home runs (three RBIs). Donnie Dewees also had three hits in the loss.
Rehabbers Paulo Orlando and Hunter Dozier each went 0-fer. Their replacements, Cody Jones and Humberto Arteaga respectively, each had two hits.
Cory Ray got the start and allowed five runs on eight hits over five innings. Matt Tenuta made his first appearance since his return and allowed a solo home run over 1.1 innings. Tim Hill got the blown save, as he allowed the tying run in the 8th inning, but did strand two runners in the seventh (2.2IP, 3H, R, BB, 2K).
*In roster news, reliever Andrew Edwards cleared waivers and is headed back to NWA.
High-A Wilmington beat Frederick, 3-1.
The Blue Rocks scored two runs on a two out double by Colton Frabasilio in the bottom of the second. They would add an insurance run in the fourth on an RBI triple (which was lost in the twilight) by Wander Franco.
Blue Rocks starter Jace Vines earned his first High-A victory, as he pitched five-plus scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits and walked three while striking out four.
“It was his best game since he’s been here,” said Blue Rocks manager Jamie Quirk after the game. “He kept us right there, kept throwing zeroes up, made pitches when he had too, had some traffic but he did his job.”
Justin Camp, in his first game back up with the Blue Rocks, allowed the lone run on three walks over 2.1 innings. The run scored on a sac fly against Franco Terrero, who was credited with his fifth save (1.2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K).
*The season may be over for Blue Rocks second baseman DJ Burt, as he is headed out for x-rays on his hand. According to Quirk, it may be a broken hamate bone (he was injured on a swing Friday night).
Low-A Lexington split their doubleheader in Hickory. The Legends lost the first game, 3-1.
Their lone run scored via a Gabriel Cancel 4th inning homer (his 13th of the season).
Vance Tatum took the loss in relief, as he allowed all three runs on three hits and three walks over three innings. He struck out two. Legends starter Gerson Garabito allowed just one hit over four scoreless innings. He struck out three and threw 30 of his 45 pitches for strikes (just his second start since being activated off the DL).
The Legends won the second game, 9-3 in nine innings (it was a scheduled seven inning game). They scored six runs in the top of the ninth.
In that 9th inning, Angelo Castellano hit a grand slam, his seventh home run of the season. That made a winner of reliever Matthew Wynne, who also got the blown save, as he allowed a run on two hits and two walks over three innings of relief.
Legends starter Travis Eckert allowed two runs on five hits and four walks over six innings. He struck out five.
Manny Olloque and Marten Gasparini each had two hits in the win.
*Catcher Nick Hutchins, who just joined the team from Wilmington, started the second game and went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts.