Triple-A Omaha lost their series finale in Memphis, 3-2 in 13 innings. The Storm Chasers return home to play nine games in eight days, beginning Friday night with Iowa.
Omaha reliever Seth Maness, in his third inning of work, allowed three straight singles to set off the Memphis celebration.
That came after starter Eric Skoglund allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out nine. Lefty Sam Selman then allowed just one hit over three scoreless innings of relief. He struck out three.
The Storm Chasers out-hit the Redbirds, 12-11, but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position, struck out ten times, and hit into three double plays.
Logan Moon went 3-for-5 to raise his average to .350. Frank Schwindel and Garin Cecchini each had two hits in the loss.
*In roster news, outfielder Bubba Starling was activated from the DL, as fellow outfielder Billy Burns was placed on the inactive list. Reliever Kevin McCarthy was once again called up to the big leagues (to replace new starter Trevor Cahill, who was placed on the DL).
Double-A NW Arkansas lost their series finale to Midland, 4-2. The Naturals now welcome Frisco to town for three games.
The Naturals’ runs scored with two outs in the bottom of the sixth on a Samir Duenez two-run home run (his 16th of the season). Mauricio Ramos went 2-for-4 in the loss.
Starter Corey Ray took the loss, as he allowed four runs on five hits and five walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out two. Lefty Tim Hill allowed an inherited run in the 6th inning (3.2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K).
*Paul Boyd, the Naturals beat writer, was kind enough to ask manager Vance Wilson about Hunter Dozier, who has not played in a few days. Dozier took a ground ball off his nose, but is still with NWA.
High-A Wilmington won their series finale at Down East, 5-2 in ten innings. The Blue Rocks now head to Salem for three games.
The Blue Rocks were no-hit over the first five innings before Colton Frabasilio led off the sixth with a single. In that inning, the Blue Rocks scored two runs to tie the game (one on a sac fly and another on an error).
In the tenth, the Blue Rocks loaded the bases with one out on walks. A passed ball broke the tie, before Nick Heath beat out an RBI infield single. Jecksson Flores followed with a sac fly.
The Blue Rocks overcame five errors (two by new second baseman John Brontsema) and just three hits.
Reliever Grant Gavin earned the victory with two scoreless innings (H, BB, K) and Justin Camp earned his first High-A save with a perfect bottom of the tenth. That came after starter Scott Blewett allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks over seven innings. He struck out four.
Low-A Lexington lost their series opener to Charleston, 7-4. The Legends led 4-0 before the RiverDogs scored seven runs in the top of the sixth.
The Legends scored three runs in the first, capped by an Emmanuel Rivera two-run home run (he would drive in three runs). Khalil Lee and Rivera each had two hits in the loss.
Travis Eckert took the loss in relief, as he allowed all seven runs on seven hits and a walk in just one inning of work. He left with two runners on base in favor of Tyler Fallwell, who stranded both (2.1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K). That came after Legends starter Gerson Garabito allowed three hits and walked two over the first 4.2 innings. He struck out five.
Fourth round pick this June, center fielder Michael Gigliotti made his Legends debut tonight as the leadoff hitter. He went 0-for-4 with a strikeout.