A four-run second inning was enough for Nashville to beat Omaha, 5-2.
Yordano Ventura made his second straight start, which was yet again not a great one. He lasted just 4.2 innings and left with two men on base (George Sherrill did not allow them to score). Ventura allowed all five runs on eight hits (including a three-run homerun) and two walks while striking out five. 59 of his 93 pitches were strikes. Brian Sanches threw two perfect innings of relief at the end.
Jarrod Dyson has continued a very good rehab stint with the Storm Chasers, as he went 2-for-4.
The game was scoreless until the eighth, but NW Arkansas lost, 3-2. The first hit of the game came via a one out double from Orlando Calixte in the fourth (one of his two doubles).
Noel Arguelles left with the bases loaded in the eighth, but Santiago Garrido entered and allowed all three runs to score. In the bottom of the ninth, the Naturals had the tying run on second base with one out, but could not come up with the clutch hit.
Felipe Paulino began his rehab stint with the Naturals with five scoreless innings. He did not allow a hit until the fifth, when he allowed two singles. He did struggle a bit in the first, when he walked, two, but settled down from there. Paulino ended up striking out six.
*The Texas League All-Stars were announced earlier in the day, as the Naturals play host. Despite having the worst team, four players will be representing: Calixte will be starting at shortstop, with Mitch Canham and Angel Franco coming off the bench. Garrido will be coming out of the bullpen.
Wilmington has now lost five in a row on this road trip, as they lost 3-1 in Salem. At least they received a solid start this time.
Tyler Sample lasted five innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits, four walks, and two hit batters. He also allowed three stolen bases. Spencer Patton has been great for the Blue Rocks all season and kept it up tonight. He pitched the final three innings and struck out four (he allowed four hits).
The Blue Rocks offense collected six hits, but went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and were caught stealing twice.
Lexington welcomed Crawford Simmons back from the DL (and two more), but they lost 4-1. Simmons was making his first appearance since 2011 (elbow injury). He allowed three runs on three hits and two walks over three innings.
The Legends offense collected just two hits, a single each from Fred Ford and Mark Threlkeld, who also drove in the lone run. Threlkeld was just activated off the DL from a broken arm when he was hit by a pitch in his first at-bat of the season. Catcher Cameron Gallagher returned from the DL (broken hand) and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.