Things got a little dicey in the bottom of the ninth (runners at second and third and two outs), but Omaha held on for the 4-2 win in Tacoma. The Storm Chasers have won the first three games of the series.
Everett Teaford escaped jams throughout his five innings of work to pick up his fourth win of the season. He allowed two runs on four hits and four walks. He did however strike out eight. Maikel Cleto came on in relief and only threw five of his 17 pitches for strikes, which resulted in three walks.
Omaha was clinging to the 4-2 lead with Francisley Bueno entering into a bases loaded, nobody out jam. He escaped and pitched another scoreless inning. Michael Mariot picked up his 8th save of the season with two scoreless innings. He struck out five.
Jason Adam was solid in picking up his sixth win of the season (his fourth against the Drillers). He allowed two unearned runs in the top of the sixth (after the light delay). He allowed three hits and two walks over six innings while striking out six.
*Centerfielder Brett Eibner was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first and was removed from the game.
Despite coming back to tie the game in the ninth and take the lead in the top of the 11th, Wilmington lost their first game in Winston-Salem by an 8-7 score in 11 innings. It was a rough night for the Blue Rocks defense, as they committed four errors which cost them five runs.
Dennis Raben delivered in the top of the ninth with a two out RBI triple. It was his fourth hit of the day and he fell a homerun short of the cycle.
With two outs in the bottom of the 11th and a runner on second base, Blue Rocks shortstop Jack Lopez‘ throwing error (his 24th of the season) allowed the tying run to score. Andrew Triggs (in his second inning of work) then allowed a single before giving up Courtney Hawkins‘ game-winning double.
With the Wednesday trade of starter Kyle Smith, Kellen Moen was forced back into the rotation (despite pitching Sunday and Tuesday). He allowed six runs (three earned) on eight hits and one walk over 3.2 innings. However, Tyler Sample and Cody Fassold followed with 5.1 scoreless innings. They combined to strike out seven. Sample only walked one!
Lexington won in Rome in the first game of their series by a 5-1 score.
The Legends were led by another great start from Daniel Stumpf. He allowed one hit over six innings. He struck out five. The one hit he allowed was a one out single in the third.
On offense, the Legends collected seven hits, three for extra bases. Mark Threlkeld and Bubba Starling, the 3-4 hitters, went a combined 4-for-7 with three RBIs and two doubles. Cam Gallagher also picked up two hits in the win.