Omaha and Oklahoma City once again played a doubleheader and they one again split the two games. The Storm Chasers took Game 1 by a 2-0 score.
After being activated from the big league DL and being optioned to Triple-A, Danny Duffy picked up his first win in his best start of the season. He allowed just two hits and a walk over five scoreless innings. He struck out four (69 pitches, 42 for strikes).
OKC took Game 2, 5-4.
All of the Storm Chasers runs came courtesy of Christian Colon. He hit a three-run homerun in the fifth and drove in a run in the sixth on a single (he had three hits).
Omaha collected 11 hits (and only struck out once), but hit into a double play and went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position. Johnny Giavotella, Brett Hayes, and Willy Taveras each collected two hits in the loss.
Maikel Cleto made his Royals debut and lasted just four innings. He allowed all five runs on six hits and five walks (79 pitches, 36 strikes). Zach Jackson made his Omaha debut with a perfect inning of relief.
*No debut yet for Chris Getz.
NW Arkansas played host to the Texas League All-Star Game and though the home team did not win (the North), a hometown player did provide some excitement.
First baseman Matt Fields, a late addition to the squad, won the HR Derby. He hit 13 bombs in the first round and won it all with 11 in the final round. Unfortunately, he went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts in the game.
Orlando Calixte started at shortstop and went 1-for-2. Roman Hernandez, another late addition, started in right field and played the whole game (0-for-3). Rey Navarro went in to play third base and went 0-for-2 and Mitch Canham caught the second half of the game and went 0-for-1. Santiago Garrido, the Naturals lone pitcher on the All-Star team, pitched a perfect second inning.
Wilmington‘s offense was held in check, as they lost in Lynchburg, 3-2.
They collected 11 hits, but went just 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position, struck out ten times, and hit into a double play. Dennis Raben and Jack Lopez each had two hits, while Jared Schlehuber went 3-for-4.
Kyle Smith was the hard luck loser, as he allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits over six innings. He struck out four.
*Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio is currently rehabbing with the AZL Royals and went 0-for-2 tonight.
Lexington scored their lone run in the top of the first, but Hickory walked off with a 2-1 win. Both runs were scored in the bottom of the ninth.
That negated the start by Miguel Almonte, who struck out 12 over 7.2 innings. He did not allow a run or a walk.
The Legends scored in the first when Terrence Gore led off the game with a triple and scored on Raul Mondesi‘s ground out.