Omaha lost their finale to Nashville, 4-2.
Outfielder Brian Fletcher made an impact in his very first Triple-A game. He drove in the Storm Chasers first run on a sac fly and hit a solo homerun in the 4th inning that tied the game at 2-2.
Justin Marks struggled through six innings. Though only one of the three runs he allowed was earned, he walked six and allowed five hits.
*To make room for Fletcher, infielder Chase Lambin was placed on the DL with a right calf strain.
NW Arkansas lost their road opener with Arkansas by a 4-1 score. That means the two teams are tied atop the North Division of the Texas League.
Reigning TL Pitcher of the Week Aaron Brooks took the loss, as he threw 110 pitches over seven innings. He allowed four runs on nine hits. The Travelers scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth on a double, triple, and two-run homerun.
His offense did not help, as they collected just three hits, two of which came in the 5th inning. The Naturals did not have another hit after that, or a base runner after the sixth.
Jared Schlehuber, who struggled mightily in key spots over the weekend, came through in the fifth. His two out, two-run single gave the Blue Rocks the lead.
Leonel Santiago won his second game with the Blue Rocks, allowing three runs (two earned) on seven hits and four walks over 5.2 innings. Cory Hall retired five of the six batters he faced and Andrew Triggs was perfect over 1.2 innings to pick up his eighth save.
*In roster news, outfielder Jorge Bonifacio was promoted to NW Arkansas. Tim Ferguson returns to the Blue Rocks after missing most of the season due to a shoulder injury. Reliever Daniel Hernandez returned to the team after a scary incident on Sunday night (he took a line drive to the side of his head). He does have a concussion.
Lexington lost their opener in Kannapolis by a 10-5 score. The Intimidators scored three runs each over the first two innings and never looked back.
Legends starter Crawford Simmons took the loss, as he allowed seven runs (two earned) on six hits over 5.1 innings. He did however have two errors. Reliever Clayton Schulz returned from the temporarily inactive list and allowed three runs on three hits over 2.1 innings.
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