A rain delay halted Omaha‘s game, but they still lost to New Orleans, 6-0. The Storm Chasers collected just two hits in the loss.
Jake Odorizzi took the loss, as he allowed five runs on seven hits (two homeruns) over six innings. He did not walk a batter while striking out five.
Yordano Ventura returned from the DL and allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over 4.2 innings. He struck out five. The story of the game for the Naturals was their bullpen duo of Ethan Hollingsworth and Sam Runion. Hollingsworth allowed four hits and three walks (two intentional) over 6.1 scoreless innings. Runion followed with three scoreless innings of relief. He picked up the win, as he allowed just one hit while striking out three.
Kevin Kouzmanoff headed to the DL to make room for Ventura.
Wilmington beat Lynchburg, 11-5 to retake the lead in the Northern Division of the Carolina League (Frederick lost to Potomac). The Blue Rocks pounded out 13 hits and scored in six of the nine innings.
Every Blue Rocks hitter had a hit except Lane Adams. Nick Van Stratten went 2-for-5 with a homerun, two runs scored, and three RBIs. He also stole a base. Cheslor Cuthbert went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored.
Leondy Perez picked up the win despite allowing four runs on eight hits. Edwin Carl pitched 2.2 perfect innings of relief. Santiago Garrido officially returned from the DL and pitched one inning for the first time for the Blue Rocks since June 4th.
Kane County stormed back with four runs in the top of the 9th inning to beat Quad Cities, 11-10. That was after the Cougars had a 6-0 lead after four innings.
The Cougars pounded out 19 hits, but collected just two extra-base hits (both were doubles). Every starter had at least two hits, except for Alex Llanos (0-for-5) and Chris Elder (1-for-5). The top four in the order (Justin Trapp, Jack Lopez, Daniel Mateo, and Dean Espy) went a combined 12-for-21 with seven runs scored and seven RBIs.
Bubba Watch: Bubba Starling had Friday off, as Burlington lost to Johnson City, 6-5.
*2012 first round pick Kyle Zimmer will undergo minor elbow surgery to clean out loose bodies. It is expected he will need 6-8 weeks to recover. Zimmer had been pitching for Kane County and did not allow an earned run over his last three starts (19.2 innings).