Omaha lost their first game of the homestand with a 6-4 loss to Sacramento. The Rivercats scored two runs in the ninth to break the tie.
That was the only hiccup for Justin Marks, who pitched in relief of rehabbing pitcher Felipe Paulino (3IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 4K). Marks struck out 11 in six innings of work. He allowed two total hits, which both came in the top of the ninth.
The Naturals pounded out 19 hits, with six players picking up multi-hit games. Cheslor Cuthbert went 4-for-5. The bottom three in the order (Rey Navarro, Mitch Canham, and Juan Graterol) went a combined 8-for-15. Graterol hit a three-run homerun in the 4th inning that broke the 2-2 tie.
The offensive explosion made a winner of starter Jason Adam, who allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Adam threw 70 of his 97 pitches for strikes.
Wilmington put up a seven-spot in the bottom of the 7th inning to take the first game of their home series against Lynchburg, 11-2.
In the Blue Rocks big inning, they sent 12 men to the plate. They worked five walks while the Hillcats committed three errors and a balk.
On offense, the Blue Rocks collected 11 hits, nine walks, and were hit three times. Their 2-3 hitters provided the bulk of the offense. Ethan Chapman went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Yem Prades went 4-for-6 with three doubles and two RBIs.
Sam Selman picked up his ninth win of the season, as he allowed one run on one hit over five innings. What kept him from going deeper into the game was his six walks and five strikeouts (he walked in the lone run he allowed).
The Hillcats picked up their first hit off Selman in the 3rd inning. Their next hit came to leadoff the top of the ninth.
Lexington scored three runs in the bottom of the 5th inning to beat Hagerstown, 5-1.
Mark Threlkeld hit a solo homerun in the first inning to tie the game at 1-1. He would drive in two more runs.
Christian Binford picked up the win, as he allowed one unearned run on five hits and a walk over five innings. He struck out six. The Legends bullpen was spotless. Chas Byrne did not allow a base runner over three perfect innings. John Walter pitched a perfect ninth.
*Catcher Cameron Gallagher was pinch-hit for in the fourth. He struck out in his only at-bat. I was not at the game so I have no idea if he got hurt or not (and I cannot find anything out). Guess we will see tomorrow.