NW Arkansas split their afternoon doubleheader in Springfield. The two teams complete their series on Thursday.
The Naturals lost the first game, 8-1 after having a 1-0 lead heading into the 3rd inning. The Cardinals blew the game open in the bottom of the 6th inning against JC Sulbaran, who allowed three homeruns.
Roman Hernandez drove in the lone run with a two out double in the 2nd inning.
In the second game, the Naturals won 10-3, as they scored five runs in the first inning. The big blow was Matt Fields‘ two out, three-run homerun (his third of the season).
Sam Runion picked up the win, despite allowing two inherited runners to score in the 5th inning. Yordano Ventura got the start, but lasted just 4.1 innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits and three walks while striking out six. Andy Ferguson pitched a scoreless inning of relief and threw just nine pitches.
Wilmington blew a 4-2 lead, as host Salem walked off with a 5-4 win. Keury De La Cruz drove in the final two Red Sox runs with a one out double.
The Blue Rocks collected 14 hits, with all of them coming from the first five hitters. However, they went just 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Lane Adams continues his hot hitting, as he went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and his eighth double of the season (it upped his average to .304). Jorge Bonifacio went 2-for-4 (with his seventh double of the season) to up his average to .329. Daniel Mateo went 3-for-5 and hit a solo homerun in the ninth.
Kyle Zimmer made the start and struck out 11, but lasted just 4.2 innings. He allowed one run on three hits and four walks. Daniel Hernandez made his debut for the Blue Rocks (I cannot find a move that was made to add him because their roster is now over the limit) and allowed a solo homerun in his two innings of work.
Wilmington and Salem finish their series on Thursday.
Lexington lost to Asheville, 6-3. The two teams complete their series on Thursday.
Miguel Almonte dropped to 0-3 on the season, as he allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks over five innings.
*Omaha had off and opens a four game homestand against Iowa on Thursday night.