Omaha lost their series opener to Iowa at home, 9-3. It didn’t help that the Cubs sent 11 men to the plate in the very first inning, scored six runs, and chased Nate Adcock before he recorded three outs.
After Everett Teaford allowed two inherited runners to score, he and Francisley Bueno combined to throw 5.1 scoreless innings while striking out eight. However, the Cubs scored single runs in each of the final three innings.
The Storm Chasers collected ten hits, with three hitters collecting six of them. Johnny Giavotella was one of them, as he hit his second homerun of the season, a solo shot in the first. All of their runs came with two outs.
NW Arkansas received a solid start from Justin Marks en route to their 6-2 win in Springfield. The Naturals split the four game series and now head to Tulsa for four games.
Marks allowed one run on four hits and three walks over 5.2 innings. He struck out seven. Brooks Pounders followed with 1.1 perfect innings of relief before Jon Keck allowed another Cardinals run in the eighth. Edwin Carl finished off the Cardinals with 1.1 perfect innings.
Wilmington lost their four-game series in Salem, with a 7-3 loss in the finale. The Blue Rocks actually led 3-0 after the 3rd inning, but the bullpen could not hold it.
Spencer Patton got the spot start as John Lamb was skipped to rest his arm (should we be concerned?). He was solid, as he allowed one run on three hits and two walks over 3.2 innings. He struck out four. However, Cody Fassold and Robinson Yambati combined to allow six runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks over 4.1 innings. The Red Sox scored four runs in the 7th inning to take the lead.
The Blue Rocks collected seven hits, with Justin Trapp and Cheslor Cuthbert picking up two each. They return home to start a seven-game homestand to play the same two teams they just visited: Winston-Salem and Salem.
*On a side note, Angel Baez was placed on the DL with a sore hand. Not sure if the Blue Rocks will continue with their six-man rotation or not, but skipping Lamb tonight doesn’t help. Baez was slated to start on Saturday, though the Blue Rocks game notes have everyone moving up a day. Their next four starters are Kyle Smith, Sam Selman, Aaron Brooks, and Kyle Zimmer.
Lexington was swept in Asheville by losing 3-0 in the finale. The Legends now return home to play Augusta over the weekend.
The Legends did not pick up their first hit until Michael Antonio singled to lead off the 7th inning. Ethan Chapman picked up their other hit in the 9th inning (he also stole a base and was picked off).
Christian Binford was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs on six hits over seven innings. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk.