Omaha had the day off, as they welcome Oklahoma City to town for four games on Thursday. The Storm Chasers will also be welcoming lefty Danny Duffy to their pitching staff.
Duffy made his final rehab start for NW Arkansas today in an 11-1 loss to Tulsa. He allowed three runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out six. With two outs in the third, he allowed a two-run homerun.
The rest of the Naturals pitching staff was lit up from the fifth to the seventh. They allowed eight runs. The lone Naturals run came on Brett Eibner‘s solo homerun, as they picked up just five hits.
After a solid start from Sam Selman, Wilmington beat Carolina, 6-4. After a perfect first inning, the Mudcats loaded the bases with nobody out. Selman escaped the jam. In the third, the Mudcats had runners at second and third base with one out and did not score. The lone run Selman allowed came after two Blue Rocks errors in the fourth.
Overall, Selman allowed one run on three hits over five innings. He struck out two and walked four (all on four pitches). Of his 89 pitches, 49 were strikes.
With two outs in the 4th inning, Tyler Chism came through with a two-run single. In the fifth, the Blue Rocks hit for the cycle. Daniel Mateo homered with one out, his fourth homerun of the season against the Mudcats (his second RBI of the game). With two outs, Jared Schlehuber tripled to dead center to drive in another run (it was a stand up triple for a guy with a bad heel).
Following the game, Mateo talked (through translator/hitting coach Julio Bruno) about his homerun and his success against the Mudcats:
Lexington beat Savannah, 4-0. Alec Mills was dominant in just his second start of the season. He pitched seven shutout innings and struck out seven.