Omaha opened their road series in New Orleans with a 6-3 loss. Nate Adcock allowed all six runs (five earned) on 11 hits and two walks over 6.2 innings. Two of those runs scored after he left the game in the seventh.
The Zephyrs led 4-0 after the second inning.
All of the Storm Chasers runs came via Johnny Giavotella, who drove in single runs in the third, fifth, and ninth innings. David Lough went 3-for-5 from the leadoff spot. The 7-9 hitters (Brandon Wood, Irving Falu, and Willy Taveras) went a combined 7-for-12 with three runs scored.
NW Arkansas lost their finale in Tulsa by a final of 8-2. The game was close (3-2) heading into the 5th inning when the Drillers put up a five-spot against Naturals starter Sugar Ray Marimon.
Marimon only allowed four earned runs, as the Naturals defense committed three fielding errors.
After Marimon left the game (with two men on base in the fifth), the Naturals bullpen was lights-out. Jon Keck and JC Sulbaran combined to pitch 3.1 hitless innings of relief.
The Naturals collected just six hits, two by Mitch Canham (including a triple).
They now return home for eight games, beginning with four against Springfield.
*In roster news, Brett Eibner was put on the DL with a shoulder injury, though it was a precautionary move. Reliever Matt Ridings was also “sent” to rookie ball. Relievers Nick Rogers and Cole White were activated from rookie ball.
Wilmington lost their seventh in a row, as they lost their series opener to Salem, 5-4.
It was a great pitching matchup of Red Sox prospect Henry Owens against Royals top prospect Kyle Zimmer. Well, Owens was the better pitcher on Monday night. Owens struck out eight over five innings, while Zimmer allowed five runs on six hits and two walks over just four innings.
The 3rd inning was Zimmer’s undoing, as he allowed four runs. It started with a Sean Coyle single (he led off the game with a homerun) and continued with two more singles, a walk, a wild pitch, a stolen base, and two RBI ground outs.
With the game tied at 2-2, Augusta scored two runs in the top of the 8th inning to beat Lexington, 4-2. The Legends’ two runs came via Bubba Starling‘s fourth homerun of the season with two outs in the 5th inning.
Bryan Brickhouse had another solid start, as he allowed two runs on two hits over seven innings. He struck out five. Mark Peterson entered with the bases loaded in the 8th inning in relief of Clayton Schulz and left them stranded. He pitched 1.1 perfect innings.
The Legends have Tuesday off before heading out on the road again, starting in Delmarva.