Omaha has now lost three in a row in New Orleans with a 5-1 loss on Sunday. The Storm Chasers loaded the bases in the ninth with a run in and nobody out, but Jonathan Albaladejo came in and struck out two of the three batters he faced to pick up the save on ten pitches.
The Storm Chasers went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and only collected four hits (all singles). Two of those singles came in the ninth.
Danny Duffy made his return in Game 1. He allowed two hits and two walks over three scoreless innings. He struck out four and threw 37 of his 63 pitches for strikes. He did hit a batter, throw a wild pitch, and have a balk, though he did pick off a base runner.
The Naturals won the game, 4-1. The top three hitters in their lineup: Brett Eibner, Orlando Calixte, and Rey Navarro went a combined 4-for-10 with a double, a triple, four runs scored, and four RBIs.
The Naturals lost Game 2, 1-0. Sugar Ray Marimon took the complete game loss, as he allowed one run on six hits and two walks. He struck out six. Problem is, his offense only mustered four hits, two from Matt Fields.
It took four errors in the top of the 14th inning by Myrtle Beach for Wilmington to win 9-6. Three straight players reached on errors before two straight strikeouts. Lane Adams delivered a two-run single (with another error) and Daniel Mateo collected an RBI single. That was much needed, as Myrtle Beach scored a run in the bottom of the inning.
Blue Rocks starter Aaron Brooks allowed four runs in the bottom of the first, but settled down and lasted seven innings. Five of the eight hits he allowed came in that 1st inning. He struck out six.
The Blue Rocks battled back to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the 8th inning only to see Robinson Yambati balk in the tying run in the bottom of the inning. The two teams were then held scoreless until the 14th.
Adams went 3-for-7 with two RBIs and two stolen bases and Mateo went 2-for-6 with two RBIs. As a team, they collected 14 hits, but went 6-for-22 with runners in scoring position and left 18 men on base.
They are now off to Carolina for an afternoon game on Monday after sweeping the team with the best home record.
Despite two homeruns from Raul Mondesi, Lexington lost to Hagerstown, 16-9. The Legends actually led 6-1, but the Suns scored six runs in the third and eight more in the 6th inning.
Fred Ford also hit a homerun, one of his two hits.
Ali Williams took the loss, as he allowed the tie-breaking run in the fifth inning (the only run he allowed over three innings of relief). That solid relief appearance was around a poor start by Miguel Almonte (2+IP, 7H, 7R, 3BB, 3K) and a poor relief outing from Cory Hall, who allowed all eight runs in the sixth. Why would you allow your pitcher to suffer through that at that level?
The Legends now return home to face the worst team in the South Atlantic League, Kannapolis, at home for three games beginning on Monday night.