Omaha continued their hot streak Wednesday afternoon, as they finished up their four-game sweep in Iowa with a 5-2 victory. The Storm Chasers have now won eight in a row as they head to Nashville for a four-game series.
Veteran Doug Davis made his first start with Omaha and picked up his first victory, as he allowed two runs on six hits over 5.1 innings. Tommy Hottovy was once again dominant in picking up his sixth save of the season. He pitched two perfect innings while striking out three.
A four-run bottom of the first inning sent NW Arkansas to their fourth loss in a row, as they were swept by first-place Tulsa by a 6-2 final. The Naturals collected 11 hits, but went just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Noel Arguelles took the loss. He allowed five runs on eight hits and two walks over 5.1 innings.
With the rain out on Tuesday, Wilmington and Salem played a doubleheader on Wednesday night. The Blue Rocks lost Game 1, 3-2 and Game 2, 3-0. The Blue Rocks collected just nine hits in the two games. Since Lynchburg won their doubleheader on Tuesday night, they clinched the first half crown in the Carolina League’s Northern Division.
After a fielding error on a sac bunt with one out in the top of the 7th inning, Nick Rogers entered the game. He ended up striking out the side, but allowed a two-run single that gave Salem the 3-2 lead.
Yordano Ventura started for the Blue Rocks and allowed one run (on a solo homerun) on four hits and three walks over five innings (he left with the lead). He struck out eight.
In Game 2, Brooks Pounders made his first start for the Blue Rocks. He was greeted rudely by Red Sox first baseman and CL All-Star Travis Shaw. Shaw homered in the first inning and doubled in two runs in the 3rd inning. Pounders only allowed four hits, two to Shaw, over six innings. He struck out six.
Kane County scored two runs in the top of the 9th inning to increase their lead over Quad Cities, only to see the River Bandits score three runs in the bottom of the 9th and win 6-5 in walk-off fashion in the 10th inning. Matt Ridings took the loss, as he allowed the walk-off double by Anthony Garcia (he recorded just one out).
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