Triple-A Omaha won their series finale against Sacramento by a 5-0 score. The Storm Chasers now head to Memphis for four games.
Jorge Soler hit two home runs, driving in three runs. He also stole his first base. Leadoff hitter Billy Burns went 2-for-5 and stole three bases. Logan Moon also had two hits in the win.
Storm Chasers starter Onelki Garcia was dominant, allowing just four hits and a walk over seven scoreless innings. He struck out eight.
Cheslor Cuthbert continued his rehab assignment at third base and went 1-for-3 before being pinch-run for in the seventh. Raul Mondesi played the whole game as the DH (0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts).
*In roster news, pitcher Andres Machado was promoted back up from Double-A.
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series finale in Springfield, 5-2. After enjoying Monday off, the Naturals begin a six-game homestand, starting with Midland.
Naturals catcher Allan de San Miguel went 2-for-2, hitting his first home run of the season. Mauricio Ramos and Alfredo Escalera also had two hits in the loss.
Starter Foster Griffin took the loss, as he allowed four runs on four hits and four walks over just four innings. Zach Lovvorn followed by allowing a run on two hits and two walks over three innings. Yunior Marte needed just nine pitches to retire the side in the 8th inning.
High-A Wilmington won their series finale against Frederick, 5-4 in ten innings. After enjoying Monday off, the Blue Rocks head out on the road for six games, beginning at Down East.
The Blue Rocks came back in the bottom of each inning that the Keys scored (the fourth, fifth, seventh, and tenth).
Catcher Nate Esposito led off the bottom of the tenth with a double and scored on another fielding error in left field on a Nick Heath single. That tied the game at 4-4, as the Keys took the lead on Carolina League home run leader Ademar Rifaela’s second homer of the game (his 21st of the season) in the top of the inning.
After a sac bunt from Jecksson Flores, Roman Collins singled to set off the celebration (2-for-5).
That made a winner of reliever Grant Gavin, who allowed the solo homer in the tenth (1IP, 2H, R, 0BB, 0K). Starter Jared Ruxer allowed three runs on seven hits over seven innings. Jose Veras made his Blue Rocks debut with two scoreless innings of relief. He did walk two.
*You have to watch the postgame interview with catcher Nate Esposito. It ends with an appearance from outfielder Brandon Downes is epic. Oh and if you are wondering why there is so much giggling, first baseman Chris DeVito is behind us making faces.
Low-A Lexington lost their series finale in Hickory, 5-1. The Legends now move on to Asheville for three games.
Legends starter Anthony Bender took the loss, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six, but allowed two home runs. Michael Silva allowed a run on two hits and a walk over two innings. Cody Nesbit struck out two in his scoreless inning of work.
The top two hitters in the Legends order, Vance Vizcaino and Angelo Castellano, each had two hits in the win. The team only had seven hits.